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

Dear Friend,

From all of us here in Seva Mandir we wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the new year brings to you lots of love, laughter, and joy.

Soniya, is a cheerful caretaker at one of our day-care centre (Balwadi). The children are less hesitant around her and over time, tend to develop a relish for her warm company.

Soniya recalls- her uncomplicated routine and the fun of group teaching before the pandemic hit. “The euphony of children singing aloud nursery rhymes in their own sweet voice, and playing with their animal themed flash cards- are some of my favourite moments that I hold in my bag of memories.” she says. She clearly remembers how a sense of togetherness helped the children groom into better individuals and develop self-confidence. She also recalls the ease with which the children would make friends and participate in activities together.

However, after COVID-19 hit India, nothing has remained the same.

Following the government’s safety guidelines and protocols, Centre-based Balwadi day-cares are not functional for the time being. But the caretakers of our Balwadis are now shifted to a new routine i.e. grouped day-care arrangement where they do activities with children in small groups. They can now entertain not more than five children in one sitting.

Our caretakers have also maintained a continuous supply of nutritious food for the children, helping lower the risk of malnutrition, especially during such trying times. Only parents are allowed to come to Balwadis and collect the food for their children in their own tiffin-boxes.

We hope that this situation will soon change and we will again see small children coming to Balwadis for their regular schedule. Times like these come with challenges of their own, yet caretakers like Soniya remains hopeful.

We would like to thank you for letting us meet our commitments in the field and for all your trust in our work.

Our whole team wishes you a lot of joy and happiness during this holiday season.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Kajol (name changed), 3-year-old girl, enrolled in Seva Mandir’s Balwadi (Daycare) in the Badgaon block of Udaipur district comes from a very poor family, with her parents working as daily wage labourer.

Two years ago, when Kajol joined our Balwadi, she was severely malnourished. Since, both her parents had to go out to work, she was often left neglected at home without care and nutrition required for her normal growth. Her parents got to know about the Balwadi centre near their home and got her enrolled. She diagnosed with malnutrition during a regular health check-up camp at Balwadi and was referred to start treatment for malnutrition immediately at a nearby Community Health Center.

It took her 8 months to come out of the danger zone. Balwadi Instructor gave special attention to her health and fed her with nutritious food like Soya Chunks and Kichadi (Indian dish made of lentils and rice).

According to Kajol's parents, “The Balwadi was a life savior for our daughter. Since we work as labor to make ends meet, we had no option to leave her at home unattended. But Seva Mandir’s Balwadi is a blessing. Here, our daughter stays in a safe environment and also gets nutritious food with care. It's been two years since our daughter is attending the Balwadi. We can go to work with a free mind without worrying about her health and safety.”

It is due to generous support from friends like you Seva Mandir has been able to run these Balwadis.

Thank you once again for all your help and support. From all of us here in Seva Mandir we wish you and your family a very HAPPY DIWALI, the Festival of Lights.

Warm regards,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team 

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Soniya, is a cheerful caretaker at one of our day-care centre (Balwadi) at Dewas. The children are less hesitant around her and over time, tend to develop a relish for her warm company.

Soniya recalls- her uncomplicated routine and the fun of group teaching before the pandemic hit. “The euphony of children singing aloud nursery rhymes in their own sweet voice, and playing with their animal themed flash cards- are some of my favourite moments that I hold in my bag of memories.” she says. She clearly remembers how a sense of togetherness helped the children groom into better individuals and develop self-confidence. She also recalls the ease with which the children would make friends and participate in activities together.

However, after COVID-19 hit India, nothing has remained the same.

Following the government’s safety guidelines and protocols, Centre-based Balwadi day-cares are not functional for the time being. But the caretakers of our Balwadis are now shifted to a new routine i.e. grouped day-care arrangement where they do activities with children in small groups. They can now entertain not more than five children in one sitting.

Our caretakers have also maintained a continuous supply of nutritious food for the children, helping lower the risk of malnutrition, especially during such trying times. Only parents are allowed to come to Balwadis and collect the food for their children in their own tiffin-boxes.

We hope that this situation will soon change and we will again see small children coming to Balwadis for their regular schedule. Times like these come with challenges of their own, yet caretakers like Soniya remains hopeful.

It is with the help from generous donors like you, that our committed caretakers are able to go beyond their role. We appreciate your acknowledgement of the fact that your donations can have such a profound impact on the lives of so many children. At present, Seva Mandir, in close collaboration with communities, is running 160 Balwadi centres catering to 4,451 children in Udaipur and Rajsamand districts of southern Rajasthan.Your support is invaluable to these children, and we dearly thank you for being with us.

Stay safe and healthy.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Friend,

The 2nd wave of COVID-19 across India has hit us harder than the first one. The entire health system of the country is out of its breath, due to the large number of patients needing treatment. At Seva Mandir, we still believe in the importance of precaution and prevention, and the only way to reduce the burden on a health system that has already been pushed to the limits. But the worst-affected are always the underprivileged and vulnerable communities. For them prevention is very important, as treatment is a bigger challenge.

The state of Rajasthan is under strict lockdown. Udaipur and parts of southern Rajasthan are severely impacted. Unlike last year, this time the rural region has been hit hard and large numbers of patients are reported from the villages.

During this medical emergency, Seva Mandir team continues to work and support communities. We are working closely with health experts and organisations to understand needs and have taken up the response work ahead in the villages where Covid cases are surging at an unstoppable pace. Multitude of problems are witnessed causing spread of the virus such as rural patients struggling with home isolation, finding treatment close to home, arranging for food and basic amenities, misinformation and so on. An immediate and pressing need is to provide access to reliable information, counter dangerous myths regarding the disease, vaccination and treatment, and provide survival support to the vulnerable families in the rural and tribal parts of Udaipur and Rajsamand.

Seva Mandir is well placed to deliver this through its wide network of volunteers and community institutions. It is responding to this situation by undertaking the Covid Relief Work. The assessment of needs in areas of food, safety equipment, care, counselling, awareness and referral is being carried out continuously in consultation with communities and local institutions to help community withstand the adversity. Also, Seva Mandir is implementing robust measures to protect its staff and the team of front liners who are undertaking the implementation of the relief work.

We, hence, seek your continuous support to help the rural communities withstand the impacts of the pandemic. We are aiming to provide families in rural, tribal and urban slum communities with vital relief packs to ensure they can survive this crisis. We trust that you will continuously support us. We also believe that the world will soon come out with this situation.

Thank you so much.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team 

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Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!! May this New Year bring with it an abundance of joys and infinite happiness to you! 

Bhavesh, the youngest son of Ganga and Shravan, aged 1.5 years got enrolled in our Rajpur Balwadi (Daycare) in January’20. Soon, the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and all children could not attend Balwadi. Balwadi teacher Kaali was in constant touch with all the children during that period and provided supplementary nutrition to all of them. During July, Bhavesh got severe diarrhea and became weak. Kaali, during one of the visits, found out that Bhavesh was not keeping well and advised the parents to consult a doctor. Kaali weighed the child and found out that he was weighing only 6.8 kgs, and was in SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) category. Both parents were reluctant to take their child to the hospital due to a fear of the Covid-19 infection. With some persuasion and the offer of Kaali to accompany them, parents agreed to take their child to the hospital. Bhavesh recovered in a few days, and Kaali continued to visit him every day. She also provided him hot-meal regularly. In a month, Bhavesh gained 2.5 kg weight and is now healthy.

Thank you for your help and support to our project.  Support from well-wishers like you helped us reaching out to 4,375 children of 0-5 years of age in the last six months through our 160 Balwadis. We hope that you will continuously support our programme and will help us in changing the lives of many more children.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
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