The construction industry is the largest employer of migrant laborers in urban India. These workers must cope with job insecurity and dangerous conditions. Their children are left to fend for themselves, unable to attend school, and suffer injuries and innumerable health problems. Over 50,000 children live on construction sites in Mumbai and 50% are malnourished. Not only are they unable to obtain formal education, but poor nutrition and health prevents them from learning and growing at all.
MMC's comprehensive program provides education, healthcare, and nutrition to children from birth to 14 years of age. From instruction in reading and writing to protein rich meals, we lay the building blocks for children to thrive. We provide teacher training, educational resources, nutritious meals, medical interventions and vaccinations. MMC first opened its doors in 1972; today we operate 30 daycare centers, and are the only non-profit in Mumbai providing support for this population.
Intervening during early stages of development is key to a child's long-term success. MMC's holistic program reaches over 4,500 children, provides 680,000 meals, and facilitates 4,500 vaccinations annually. Above all, we strive to achieve sustainable success. In 2012, we enrolled 500 kids in municipal schools, ensuring their access to education beyond our program. Thanks to passionate teachers who instill a love of learning, our children have pursued higher education and achieved their dreams.
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