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Jul 20, 2015

Healthy and Happy Childhood at MMC...

Enjoying the yummy lunch at the centre
Enjoying the yummy lunch at the centre

Ayesha* was two years and eight months old when she first came to a Mumbai Mobile Creches(MMC) day care centre on a construction site in the suburbs of Mumbai. Her mother had died a few days after Ayesha was born. Her father came to Mumbai in search of better-paying jobs about a year and a half ago and brought his children to a construction site in the city since they would have been alone in Bihar. Ayesha was taken care of by her elder sister when her father would go to work at the site. During a community outreach visit, an MMC teacher explained to her father how beneficial it would be to have his daughters attend the centre, after which he agreed to enrol them.

The MMC teacher noticed that anytime Ayesha ate anything, she would not be able to digest it and suffered from diarrhoea. Her sister mentioned that Ayesha had been suffering from this problem for the past few months. The MMC doctor examined Ayesha and prescribed medication which would help address her digestion-related problems. 

She was also nutritionally deficient and was categorised under Moderate Acute Malnourishment (MAM), weighing 12kgs in September 2014, at the age of 4 years 2 months. With the help of medications and the nutritional foods like fruits, vegetables, rice, finger millets, eggs, and milk provided at the centre, Ayesha started showing signs of improvement in terms of digestion, and she demonstrated an increased appetite as well as weight gain. She is now categorised as a normal-weight child, and her family is happy that she no longer suffers from any digestion problems. Ayesha is now very active and playful and loves to interact with other children and solve puzzles, which is one of her favourite activities. We are proud of Ayesha’s progress!

Mumbai Mobile Creches provides holistic care to children living on construction sites and one of our key programmes at the sites is health &nutrition. We work hard to improve the health of the children living on construction sites. To reduce the incidence of malnourishment, we provide them with two nutritious meals and two snacks a day. Our nutrition programme also consists of fruits (four times a week), eggs (everyday) and nutrition supplements at the centres, taking into consideration the recommended caloric, vitamin, and mineral intakes to promote healthy growth and development in children. The doctors make regular visits to the centres to monitor children’s health, tracking their weight and providing them with necessary preventative, curative, or rehabilitative medicines. Additionally, those children identified as malnourished or with specific deficiencies are put on an enriched diet as prescribed by the MMC doctor. Lastly, the centres are regularly cleaned and swept and children are taught important hygiene practices to encourage healthy personal habits. MMC staff members constantly keep an eye out for any medical or health issues that may arise with the children in order to treat them promptly and effectively.

Our health and nutrition programme helps many children like Ayesha to secure a safe, healthy and happy childhood!

*name changed to protect identity of the child

An egg a day for each child
An egg a day for each child
Fruit time!
Fruit time!
Milk Porridge - A nourishing morning breakfast
Milk Porridge - A nourishing morning breakfast
The pre-primary children during lunch time
The pre-primary children during lunch time
Sharing is caring
Sharing is caring
May 5, 2015

Mumbai Mobile Creches' 1st Annual Puppet Week

Children working hard to make their puppets
Children working hard to make their puppets

An empty soft drink can, an old unused CD, ice cream sticks, old newspaper and some old magazines…

What does this look like to you and me? ... TRASH

What does this look like to an MMC child? … TREASURE…

USEFUL MATERIALS FOR PUPPET MAKING

MMC celebrated its 1st Puppet Week this year from the 12th to 16th January 2015. During Puppet Week, all the centres were decorated with beautiful handmade artwork, and puppet workshops and puppet shows were eagerly arranged by our children. The theme for this year’s puppet week was animals and birds. As usual, scrap materials and vibrant colours were combined by children and teachers to bring alive wonderful puppets, which adorned the centres through the week.

In the last financial year, April 2014 to March 2015 our centres catered to almost 4500 children who migrated from more than 20 different states in India. Since children at the MMC centers speak many different languages and dialects, we emphasize learning through creative and interactive methods such as music, art & craft. For years now puppetry has become a key activity at our day care centers, since making and using puppets have repeatedly proved to be one of the most effective means of communicating with children.

MMC teachers also conduct puppet making sessions and workshops for other nonprofits and educational institutions and are much-admired for their skill of using recycled materials and scrap to make attractive puppets.This Puppet Week enabled us to celebrate and recreate this wonderful art at MMC.

We have seen much enthusiasm for this initiative and look forward to Puppet Week 2015-16.

A teacher gets the children ready for the show
A teacher gets the children ready for the show
The puppet show in action!
The puppet show in action!
The hardwork of our little puppeteers
The hardwork of our little puppeteers
Feb 4, 2015

Our children went on a'jungle safari' in November!

Children getting ready for the rally
Children getting ready for the rally

This autumn, our centres were colourful, animated and full of excitement as we celebrated our fifth annual Book Week from November 17th to November 22nd 2014. Our Book Week is dedicated to make reading a pleasure, encourages our children to explore books other than school texts and kindles in our children a lifelong love of books.

The theme for this year’s Book Week was “In the World of Animals” (Praniyon Ke Sangh),so all stories and activities during the week centred on different types of animals.

Preparation and Planning

Classroom schedules and activities were planned ahead of time and our teachers underwent training workshops to ensure that Book Week went smoothly.  Books for gifting the children and new books for release were procured and distributed to the centres beforehand. At the centres, both children and teachers put up placards, posters and banners announcing the Book Week’s activities.

Opening Ceremonies

In order to set a tone of excitement for the week, children and teachers paraded around the construction sites with handmade posters, while chanting slogans and singing. This ceremonial ritual, also called the ‘Prabhat Pheri’ (a morning rally of sorts), is an important part of the schedule because it heralds the start of Book Week. This year, the rally took place on the 14th of November on the occasion of Children’s Day announcing the coming of the Book Week.  At many centres children were dressed like Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, whose birthday is also celebrated as Children’s Day.

A formal inauguration followed this parade at the centres. Special guests were invited to participate and witness the opening ceremonies.  Site supervisors, government school principals and teachers were invited.  A lamp was lit to mark the beginning of Book Week and a number of new children’s books were introduced to the community, one of which was read aloud at the ceremony. The guests went on to share their personal experiences with books, libraries and stories.

Children explored books by examining the books’ characters and vocabulary and designing new cover pages and content for the books. They came up with their own sequels of stories or imagined how the characters of two different stories would meet, coming up with a new story of their own by the end of the week.

Here are some of the activities the children enjoyed during Book Week:

Animal Charts and Maps: In this activity session, the children were asked to write down different things about the animals which were the central characters of the stories, such as their behaviour, names, physical features, etc. The children were given cutouts of the world map and asked to place the animals in the countries in which they are found. This also helped them learn about the countries around the world in an interesting manner. The teacher guided the students to identify the countries and place the animals correctly.

Bookmark Making: This was one of our children’s favourite activities. They prepared bookmarks sporting different animal faces, coloured and decorated beautifully, and displayed them at the centres. They were thrilled to take the bookmarks home to show off their hard work and creativity to their parents.

Newspaper Reading: Two newspapers, one in the national language of Hindi and the other one in a regional language, were brought in each day of Book Week. The children used the newspapers for reading and reviewing articles during class hours and later in the evening move on to play an important role within the community. In the evenings, two or three children at each centre volunteered to read the newspapers to the community.

Phirti Library(Mobile Library): During Book Week, our Phirti Library travelled directly to the homes of community members.  Two or more nominated children issued and returned books, going door to door in the community.

Mujhe Padkar Sunao(Read to Me):This programme drew a large number of participants from the community, as each child was paired with an adult.  Younger children were read a book by a community member, while older children showed off their skills by reading to the adults. At one of our centres, parents exclaimed, “Ab kitabe padna achchaa lagta hai!” (Now we started enjoying reading).

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read): This programme, which is held every day in our Balwadi (pre-primary) classroom for 15 minutes, was a key component of Book Week. All children were given time to choose their own books and read them either quietly or aloud to each other. This encouraged children to explore their interests and gave them an opportunity to identify the kinds of books they like.

Field Trips:These outings gave children a greater exposure to the world of reading around them. MMC children visited nearby government schools and read aloud a story book. They also participated in a child-to-child activity, during which MMC children read a story for private school children and in turn private school children shared their favourite story with our children.

The last day of Book Week held a surprise for our children. Each child at the centres received a gift – a story book to take back home.They were all overjoyed to have their very own colourful books, a rare opportunity for most of them. It was the perfect ending to our wonderful Book Week,which made reading a joyful experience for our children!

Our little readers busy reading their books
Our little readers busy reading their books
Creative artists making bookmarks
Creative artists making bookmarks
Inauguration & lighting of the lamp
Inauguration & lighting of the lamp
Child to Child Programme
Child to Child Programme
Visit to a library
Visit to a library

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