Ashraya currently runs 7 creches in Yelahanka, Siddapura, Shivajinagar, Nelamangala, Avalahalli, Banaswadi,and Indiranagar.
The Ashraya creches in Banaswadi and Indiranagar are our most recent projects, that were started in December and January, respectively.
The Banaswadi creche: The creche, after renovation, has been operational for the past 2 months. The creche is located in the midst of the Banaswadi slum to cater to the children of slum dwellers, street vendors and of other below poverty line families. Currently there are 36 children in the creche, who are taught the alphabets, numbers, colours, objects, etc. Most of them being first generation learners, this sets a path for learning for the children. The families are advised on the need to maintain daily hygiene such as bathing their children everyday. The Ashraya teachers insist that the children be brought to the creche with clean clothes, combed hair, etc. which imbibes a certain sense of responsibility on the parents before they leave the children in the creche.
Indiranagar Creche :The Creche in Indiranagar has been up and running for a month now. It was started on January 2nd 2012. The objective was to enable women to maintain their livelihood without worrying about their children. Most of the children are of domestic maids, dhobis ( 'dhobis' are traditional laundrymen who wash and press clothes or only press clothes), construction labourers, gardeners, of women who string flower garlands from their home and barely earn INR 10 a day for their job, etc., in the surrounding area.
We recently organized a New Year Party for all the children in our creches. The party was held in Ashraya's Indiranagar premises on January 13th 2012.
It started with the children playing in the bouncing houses (inflatable units) that was sponsored by 'Jumporee', Kids' Bounce House Rental Company' who wanted to start off their project with a Charitable event, involving underprivileged children. The kids had a fabulous time as they had never experienced anything like this before!!
This was followed by dazzling performances of singing and dance by the creche children, each one more stunning than the other!!! The little ones were rewarded with a great magic show which left them spellbound.
We had organized a hearty vegetarian meal for the kids, that included rice, rotis (Indian breads), vegetable curries, etc. after which each one was given a New Year gift.
Overall it was day that was full of life and fun for the kids!!!