The Stars Foundation has presented its 2013 Health Impact Award to Mobile Creches. The award will be used to provide education, nutrition, and health care for children in India’s National Capital Region, which includes the city of New Delhi.
As one of the world’s fastest growing economies, India and its cities have witnessed a massive influx of rural migrants looking for work on the various construction projects that have sprung up in the wake of that growth. Women make up a significant portion of this influx, and it is estimated that over 10 million children accompany their mothers to work on these dangerous sites. Since 1969, Mobile Creches has worked to improve the lives of these children by establishing childcare facilities near the sites, which provide for all of the health, education, and nutritional needs of children from birth to 12 years while their mothers work to earn money for their families. The organization also works in the city’s slums to raise awareness of children’s issues amongst youth and women’s groups, as well as advocating for policy change and larger government budget allocations to improve nutrition and health amongst children under six-years-old. Over the decades, Mobile Creches has reached out to 7,50,000 children, trained 6,500 women as childcare workers, run 650 daycare centers, and partnered with 200 builders.
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) extends its thanks to the Stars Foundation for recognizing the work of Mobile Creches, and to Mobile Creches for all that they’ve done to give children in the National Capitol Region better, safer lives. ACEI Country Liaison Amrita Jain is a consultant for Mobile Creches, and has worked with and supported the organization's growth and development for many years.
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