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Old Posted May 6, 2008, 7:34 AM
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If taken up on a full scale this will be the best example
Bombay can set for the country

Construction sites now have childcare centres

Working mums have never had it easy, and the situation is even worse for construction workers who are expected to put in more than eight hour shifts. This situation saw the birth of Mumbai Mobile Creches, an NGO that runs day-centres for the city’s workers. And the facilities and child-care offered are quite up to date. Recently, a six-member delegation arrived from the UK, to provide support and advice.

As of now, the creche has a comprehensive day-care programme, which includes health, education and nutrition. The children are divided into three groups: Creche, which caters to children up to three years; Balvadi, which has three-to six-year-olds; and Non Formal Education (NFE), which minds children from ages six to 12. General manager, Neeja Khajuria, is proud of seeing this dream become a reality “No other NGO in India cooks food and serves it there and then,” she claims.

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In order to safeguard the health of the children, the NGO has enlisted the service of the city’s medical community. A doctor comes in every week so that the children can undergo regular health checkups at the day-care centres.

Currently, Mumbai Mobile Creches reaches out to 4,800 children every year. The new slogan of this NGO is ‘10 by 10′. Their hope is that by 2010, they will be able to reach out to 10,000 children.

The NGO has 20 day-care centres at various construction sites across Mumbai and Thane. The builder provides them with a room at their construction site for running the centre.

Each of these centres is open from 8.45am to 4.45pm, Monday to Saturday.
Dipti Nazareth, who has a five-year-old daughter, said, “These creches are very helpful. At least the children will be in good hands and will not waste time by running around construction sites. They will use their time constructively.” Apart from running day-care centres, the NGO runs a teacher training programme and a community centre.

Builders, too, have chipped in to make the project a success. Mumbai Mobile Creches receives funds from individual donors, corporate houses, builders and the state government. Says Neeta: “Our biggest fund raiser is the Mumbai Marathon, which is held every year in the month of January. If the corporate wants to visit the site, we even arrange for a visit to one of our day-care centres.” Some of the partners include HDFC Bank, Goldman Sachs and ICICI Bank.

Source: DNA
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