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Jul 17, 2019

Against the Odds!

Prite Primary children learning to write
Prite Primary children learning to write

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your wonderful support to our organisation during the last quarter of this year.

We would like to share a story of one of our Alumni who has overcome challenges and extreme adversities common in the lives of migrant labourers, to forge a stable and successful future for himself. He is an inspiring example of working towards a fulfilling life amidst hardship and deprivation.

Against the Odds!

The cement and dust in the air quickly formed a thick layer of grime on the pages within minutes after Suraj opened his book to read. Every day, cement obscured the text making it difficult for him to read the words behind the grainy, grey layers of dust; but all this did not faze Suraj's desire to read. At 29, Suraj is a perfect example of hard work, persuasion and strong will. He completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with specialisation in Human Resource and is currently working in a well-known non-profit organisation. Suraj might have followed the footsteps of his father and become a semi-skilled construction worker but he had other dreams. He is now an inspiration to children and youth from his own community.

 Suraj migrated from the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra to Mumbai at the age of 10 along with his family. Suraj’s father found work as a daily wage labourer at a construction site where Mumbai Mobile Creches also happened to be running a day care centre for the children of labourers. Eventually, Suraj’s mother also began working on the same construction site, to add to the family’s income.

 Suraj was studying at a school in his native village but after coming to Mumbai there was a gap of a year in his schooling. Suraj was enrolled into MMC’s centre on the site and the teachers in the centre helped him enrol back in a local municipal school. Suraj proudly shares that “Along with good food, we used to get education. I learned the habit of doing things on time at MMC. It helped in my studies also. (After coming to MMC), I have taken education seriously.”

 The noisy and dangerous environment of a construction site, the family’s poor financial condition and the sudden death of his father didn’t stop Suraj from pursuing education. At one point, he had to stop his college due a major road accident, but he did not run away from the situation. He continued to study and completed his graduation.

 With determination and grit, Suraj has found a way out of these difficulties. He continues his association with us; He is a part of the Alumni group and also helps us to work in the community.

 *Name changed to protect identity

Sky is the limit!
Sky is the limit!
Drop Everything and Read Time :)
Drop Everything and Read Time :)
Apr 19, 2019

Cultivating Strong Families through Parental Meetings

Chai Paani Meeting at centre in Airoli ( Navi Mumb
Chai Paani Meeting at centre in Airoli ( Navi Mumb

In addition to running a comprehensive day-care centre for children, MMC hosts monthly meetings with parents that focus on different important topics ranging from finance management to hygiene and nutrition. MMC recognises that parents play a pivotal role in the growth and development of children and identifies the community as the central focus for creating awareness and sustainable interventions. The meetings, held over a cup of tea (Chai), provide parents and community members with a platform for open and informal discussions. A specialized MMC Program Officer leads the meetings and facilitates open discussion. 

We would like to highlight the efforts and innovative measures taken by our team especially at one of centre Airoli, in Navi Mumbai to increase participation of parents in these meetings.

As parents at the site work during the hours that the centre operates, the centre staffs was finding it very difficult to get parents to attend the meetings. The Parental meetings (chai paani meeting) numbers were extremely low due to the short period of lunch breaks and no leave from the construction site to attend meetings.

To improve the numbers, the centre staff decided to meet the safety officer onsite and made two requests

  1. To give an extended lunch break on the scheduled meeting date
  2. To allow the Program Officer to hold a separate chai paani meeting for men as they have an equally responsible role in child development and towards the community

The safety officer agreed to our requests and also ensured that he was present for all meetings from the month of February.  After gaining support from the site safety officer there has been immense improvement in the number of parents attending the meeting. Only 66 community members attended the meeting in January whereas after continuous dialogue and sustained efforts with builder 104 community members attended the meeting in February. The centre staff was nervous as they were holding the first “males only” meeting. The responses were overwhelming and 47 male community members attended the meeting. The centre reached 104 community members in total in the month of February.

Similarly in the month of March, 43 male community members attended the community meeting with a total reach of 93 parents.

Due to the cooperation and positive response from both male community members and site office, now we are hoping to pilot only male chai paani meetings across other centers.

Here are few achievements with respect to outreach activities with parents in the last three months (January –March 2019)

  • No of meetings held with parents across our centres: 63
  • Average no of parents reached every month: 492
  • Varied topics covered in these meetings: Maternal Nutrition,    Importance of Birth Registration, Information on disease -Tuberculosis
parents attending Chaai Pani meetings
parents attending Chaai Pani meetings
Open discussions are facilitated at chai paani
Open discussions are facilitated at chai paani
Jan 22, 2019

Book Week and Annual Children's Camp

Children created rockets during book week
Children created rockets during book week

Dear Supporters,

Wish you all a very happy new year!

We are back again with lots of updates about our programme. The last two months at Mumbai Mobile Creches were packed with many learning events and activities for children.

Book Week:

This year the Book week was celebrated from 12th to 17th of November at all our day care centres. The theme was ‘We are going to Space!’ The Book Week started with a grand inauguration at every centre. Guests were invited to conduct Book Reading sessions to start this exciting week. Our guests included site officers working on the construction site, authors, members from other NGOs, and supporters. Each day during Book Week our children focussed on a different book. The Book Week started with a very interesting activity called ‘Look Up!’, wherein all the children and teachers at the centre went out and observed the sky outside. The teachers asked the children about what all they could see while looking up. Many other interesting activities were planned at the centre. Children from the Crèche section made fluffy clouds out of cotton. They also learnt two new Hindi rhymes related to the theme of space Children in the Balwadi section enjoyed ‘read-a-loud’ (Read to me) session. Under this activity, parents choose a book and read a story to their children attending our centre.Children created artworks, played games, made charts and various craft items. Primary students also read out stories to children in the crèche and pre-primary section. It was a great way to make primary students feel comfortable reading aloud and to inspire pre-primary children to practice their reading readiness skills! They made amazing space suits out of scrap material available at centre. Children in the afterschool section wrote small poems which were then pasted on the walls of the centre by teachers. On the last day of the book week, over 1000 received books as gifts. With active participation of MMC’s teachers and children the book week was a grand success.

Annual Children’s Camp:

We organised an Annual Camp for our children between 10th -21st December 2018. Annual camp is one of the few opportunities that these young children get to step out of the construction site and spend two funfilled days away from the monotony of the concrete and cement that constantly surrounds them. This year, the camp was organised for children above six years attending its day care centres on construction sites in four batches from 10th to 21st December 2018. The batch of children went to the Yusuf Meherally Centre, Panvel and the other to Vidhayak Sansad at Vasai. 352 children from our centres spread across the city attended the camp. The two days were filled with fun and learning activities, cultural programmes, a fancy dress competition among the children and art & learning based sessions. Children thoroughly enjoyed different activities at the camp.

We thank our donors for supporting our 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/

Primary children created space suite out of scrap
Primary children created space suite out of scrap
Children enjoying games at annual camp
Children enjoying games at annual camp
Children set to go for annual camp
Children set to go for annual camp
Children received books as a gift!
Children received books as a gift!
 
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