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May 7, 2020

MMC's response Amidst COVID-19 crisis

Dry Ration kits
Dry Ration kits

Dear Supporters,

An unprecedented time set in around mid-March across the country with the emergent COVID-19 situation. The clock had started ticking a few weeks back with the novel coronavirus spreading rapidly across the globe. The situation started worsening in India from the week of 16th March. 

Due to the current situation with regard to COVID 19, in the interest of safety of our staff, children and their families living on construction sites and as per government advisories, we have had to keep our centres closed since March 16th. Our programme team however continues to remain in touch with community members and with Builders. Most builders had chosen to halt construction work even before the lockdown was announced and the remainder were going slow but everything came to a standstill after March 24th. Some of the workers and their families from  state of Maharashtra could go back to their native village during the week of 16th March but most others had stayed behind. Those who stayed behind did not have access to ration and daily essentials as they were contained inside construction sites

MMC reached out to various organisations to facilitate supply of essential food items to migrant workers and their families. Through various collaborations, MMC was able to facilitate supply of food to over 15000 construction workers, most of them with families in several construction sites across various parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.

 We will keep you abreast of our work as the days roll by. We hope to start our centres soon.

Our builder distributing dry ration to workers
Our builder distributing dry ration to workers
Cooked meal getting distributed at one of our site
Cooked meal getting distributed at one of our site
Jan 8, 2020

Beyond Academics!

Mesmerising Dance Performance by our children!
Mesmerising Dance Performance by our children!

Dear Supporters,

Wish you all a very happy new year! Thank you for your wonderful support to our organisation during the last quarter. We are delighted to come back to you with recent happenings from our end.

In addition to academics, children at our centres engage in diverse activities that fuel their aspirations and help them become well rounded individuals. We would like to share a few activities in this regard:

1. Art installation at CSMVS Children's Festival 2019!

Children from across our centres created an art installation for the Children's Festival 2019 organised by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS, formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum). The theme for the installation was 'Mumbai- the melting pot'. We are happy to share with you that we received the 1st runner up prize for the installation.

2. Winning second position at a Chess Competition:

Beginning chess classes at our centres has undoubtedly been a valuable addition to our education programme and has had a positive impact on the lives of our children. Nine children from three of our centres took part in a chess competition organised by Kalyan Taluka Buddhibal Sanstha and Genius chess academy. It was a proud moment for us when a twelve –year old girl Busra Shaikh from our centre won the second prize in the competition in the under 14 category.

3. Dance Performance at Victory Arts Foundation:

From July 2019, MMC has partnered with Victory Arts Foundation, an NGO that works towards promoting dance as a medium of change, for conducting regular dance classes at three of our centres. On 27th November, 35 children from these three centres gave a mesmerising dance performance on stage during the annual bash of the Victory Arts Foundation. It was wonderful to see our children on stage dancing confidently and displaying their talent before a large audience.

4. Annual Camp:

Our Annual camp is one of the few opportunities these young children get to step out of the construction site and spend two fun filled days away from the monotony of concrete and cement that constantly surrounds them. The two days were filled with fun and learning activities, cultural programmes, a fancy dress competition among children and art and learning based sessions. Children thoroughly enjoyed different activities at the camp. 413 children in four batches attended the residential camp. These are some of the feelings shared by children “We danced and we felt as if we were really free. The trees and greenery was very nice. We felt extremely relaxed. It is the first time I have stayed away from home for a day. I want to go back there again.” Another child shared that “I felt really nice as I was able to spend time with my friends and make new friends too.”

Art Installation by MMC team!
Art Installation by MMC team!
A girl -Busara with with winning trophy!
A girl -Busara with with winning trophy!
Children at Morning Assembly during Annual Camp !
Children at Morning Assembly during Annual Camp !
Oct 14, 2019

No Child Left Behind!

Creche Child exploring puzzle
Creche Child exploring puzzle

A child's early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development. Families from the lower income group often are unable to provide children with adequate support to ensure timely development of fine and gross motor skills. Some are not even aware of the delay or the age appropriate milestones their children should achieve at a given age.

MMC has long recognised the importance of stimulating educational environment for early childhood learning. Nearly sixty percent of the children living on construction sites we serve are below the age of six years. Over the years we have developed a robust Early Childhood Care and Education programme to meet the needs of children under six. Crèche and preschool teachers engage the children with toys, games, the arts and other sensory activities.

We would like to share story of a child who was behind her peers when he arrived at our centre but improved with specific interventons by pour teachers.

Paras, 2 years old child was a quiet child when he was enrolled into the centre. He would not talk and would just take all the toys and keep them with him. He did not know how to play and would not allow the teachers either to assist him. As time passed he observed children stacking up the building blocks one on top of another and tried hard to do the same. It took him almost a month to put two blocks together. The teacher identified the delay in fine motor skills in Paras and requested his mother to at least buy pull-toys and engage with him at home to further improve his gross and fine motor skills. The mother bought him pull-toys and a car toy to play at home which further aided his development.

Today, after 5 months of continuous intervention at the center, his is able to make 5 storied tower block with ease. Earlier he would not engage with other children. While playing, he now shares the toys with other children at the center and plays along with them. When he joined he could only say single words like ,(Ma) ,(Pa) now he can say 4 word sentences, also he attempts to sing rhymes along with the teacher. His parents are thankful to the teachers. His mom said that she is happy with the attention the teachers’ pay at the children.

We thank our donors for supporting our education programme. If you would like to continue contributing to the programmes of the Mumbai Mobile Creches, you can consider making a monthly recurring donation at the following link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mumbaimobilecreches/

Child at our centre playing with beads stackers!
Child at our centre playing with beads stackers!
Teacher sharing stories to creche children
Teacher sharing stories to creche children
children at our centre doing collage work !
children at our centre doing collage work !
 
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