Education  India Project #31546

Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India

by Seva Mandir
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India
Fighting Malnutrition Through Child Care in India

Summary

Very young children in the poorest tribal villages of southern Rajasthan are often left at home alone or with young siblings whilst their parents work. They lack adequate care, safety and nourishing food, resulting in malnutrition and ill-health. Seva Mandir's day care (balwadi) programme addresses these issues by offering a safe, loving environment, nutritious meals and supplements for children from birth to 5 years old, for six hours a day, six days a week.

$11,000
total goal
$3,084
remaining
72
donors
3
monthly donors
1
fundraiser
3
years

Challenge

Difficult and dangerous hilly terrain and long distances from government run child-care centres mean that many small children are left at home or accompany their mothers to the fields whilst they work. Where there are government daycare, they are often poorly run and do not cover hours or ages for pre-school care. Without adequate food and stimulating surroundings many of these children fall sick, are anemic, or become malnourished and are unlikely to go to school at all in the future.

Solution

Our daycare centres are set up in some of the remotest areas of southern Rajasthan. They are open for six hours a day, six days a week, enabling mothers to leave their children in a safe, loving and stimulating environment. Local women are trained to work with children from birth up to 5 years old and register births, monitor malnutrition and health. Children are served one meal a day with additional nutritious supplements and they receive essential health care via immunisation camps.

Long-Term Impact

The young children receive nourishing food and supplements, health monitoring, activity-based learning and simple hygiene and sanitation practices. Mothers are happy to leave their children in safety whilst they work and are counselled on diet and health, which results in less malnutrition and illness. The children become more socially aware and more likely to join mainstream education. There are currently 186 daycare centres (balwadis) covering 4,500 children in remote rural areas.

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Organization Information

Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @sevamandir
Project Leader:
Ronak Shah
Udaipur, Rajasthan India
$7,916 raised of $11,000 goal
 
178 donations
$3,084 to go
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