Our Children: Our Future
On Friday, Nov 26, GiveIndia hosted its second workshop on the subject of "Children: Our Future”....
Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme envisages
crèche at the place of construction sites, and
support organizations but unf...
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Our Children: Our Future Workshop Summary

  1. 1. Our Children: Our Future On Friday, Nov 26, GiveIndia hosted its second workshop on the subject of "Children: Our Future”. The workshop brought together Ms. Vandana Krishna, Secretary of Government of Maharashtra, Women and Child Development Department, Mr. Rajib Haldar, Additional Director Child in Need Institute (CINI), Kolkata and Ms. Vrishali Pispati, CEO, Mumbai Mobile Creches (MMC), all at the forefront on the issues of Children, who presented the challenges and solutions to ensure that our children have a future worth looking forward to. Ms. Krishna addressed FGC members on the different government initiatives to address the problems faced by children and listed various avenues of collaboration for working with the government. She specifically pointed out Bal Sangopan Scheme to support a family in crisis with Rs. 500 per month per child. This scheme recognizes that the best rehabilitation for children is possible in a family and not in an institution. Mr. Rajib Haldar discussed malnutrition as an acute and inter-generational problem that needs serious attention. CINI’s nutrition model focuses on educating women to make the best of what is available. It also runs a Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre which has been adopted as a model by a number of state governments under NRHM. In the last 36 years, 21,000 severely acute malnourished children treated and saved from deaths and several other children re-habilitated back to healthy childhood. KEY TAKE-AWAYS FROM Session1 An estimated 40% of the world’s severely malnourished children under 5 live in India, 49.5 % below age 5 are severely or moderately underweight. Preventing malnutrition is not rocket science.It can be addressed through adoption of healthy child feeding and caring practices in households – Frequency, Quantity and Quality. Government funds 40% of the costs, but only for training, not for service delivery. Click to View Presentation KEY TAKE-AWAYS FROM Session2 There is no specific information on the number of children in construction sites, but it is believed to be over 50, 000 just in Mumbai. These children also have a right to safe, happy, healthy and educated childhood. Ms. Vrishali highlighted, “Their children grow up unattended on the sites as both parents have to work. Behind the high walls of the site, they are invisible to most of us. Since their parents can’t vote in the city, they are not included in its policy”. Their method
  2. 2. Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme envisages crèche at the place of construction sites, and support organizations but unfortunately the scheme is almost non-functional at the construction sites. Even the ICDS center does not cover the children at the construction sites. Click to View Presentation is simple – go directly to a site and set up the centre. MMC runs 3 programmes - a crèche for 0-3 years, a balwadi for 3-6 years, and a non- formal programme for children older than 6 years. Apart from working directly with children, they also work with parents, builders, various government departments to promote the cause of the child on the site. Apart from regular community meetings, MMC trains and empowers women from construction sites to become teachers. How Members Can Help? 1. Rs. 5 Lacs would help support the operational expenses of Nutrition Rehabilitation Center to treat and re-habilitate 50 mal-nourished children and the care-giver over an average stay of 15 -21 days at the center. 2. Rs. 9.6 Lacs to fund 16 teachers’ salaries @ Rs 5000 p.m. / per teacher benefitting 900 children. 3. Help create awareness and promote the cause of the child at construction sites among builders associations. Save The Date: Site visit to Mumbai Mobile Creche, Agripada Center, Sat Dec 11 11am – 1pm RSVP:swapnil@giveindia.org

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