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Aug 5, 2020

Hitting a Pause but Not Stopping!

Hitting a Pause but not Stopping.
Hitting a Pause but not Stopping.

Dear Supporters,

Mumbai Mobile Crèches has been working consistently over last 48 years with children of migrant construction workers in Mumbai and its surrounding areas. Our comprehensive programme helps children to develop character, curiosity and the love of learning that enriches their future.

Against the backdrop of COVID 19, we have redesigned our work with children living on construction sites. MMC is finding new ways to ensure that migrant children on construction sites do not miss out completely on development activities essential for their growth and development. Through our digital learning initiative- “Shiksha Ghar Se Ghar Tak’ (‘Education: From Home to Home’) our teachers connect every day with parents and children, share learning activities that the child can do at home and motivate parents to share their feedback. This activity is helping us remain in touch with children, parents and also engage them in developmentally enriching activities.

MMC has also stepped in to support children with dry rations on construction sites where there is uneven access to government supported food supply. On these sites we have been distributing rations which meet children calorific needs.

We have been fortunate to have supporters like you in this journey who stood by our cause and extended help in various ways. A big Thank you to all of you for your wonderful support.

We would like to inform you that we will be deactivating our project temporarily on GlobalGiving due to significant delays in getting funds.This is on account of new regulatory requirements that impact GlobalGiving's ability to disburse funds to Indian organizations

Our work with children of migrant construction will continue with the same passion and zeal and we look forward for your support in the future as well. In the meanwhile you can reach out to us on communications@mmcmail.org.in to explore other platforms through which yto support us.

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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 !
 
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