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About the NGO
A pioneer in the advocacy for children’s rights and early childhood care and development, Mobile Creches’ (MC) story began when founder Meera Mahadevan soothed a crying infant amidst the rubble of this construction site in Delhi in 1969.
By the mid-1980s, construction site creches were set up across Delhi and NCR and MC also provided education for older children, adult literacy, health and hygiene programming. However, at the heart of it all still lay the mission “to promote ‘child-friendly construction sites’ where every child living on a worksite is safe, healthy, educated and able to enjoy childhood”.
With 60million children under the age of six born to daily wage earners, construction workers, migrants or other marginalised populations living in poverty with no access to quality health care, child care or education, there is more need than ever to support these populaces.
MC continue to provide safe havens at construction sites and urban slums, skills building for community child-care workers, and ongoing advocacy efforts for early childhood development.
Life-changing as these activities are, they more importantly allow kids to be kids. Nabya, a three-year-old MC attendee, says: “I love coming to the centre because I can play here. I like listening to the stories our didi tells us. I would rather not stay at home.”
Another little boy, all grown up now, came to the city with his father to find work. To keep his son from the rough streets, his father enrolled him at one of MC’s centres. Shyamveer was slow to adapt, but with the guidance of creche didis he found his path.
Excelling in his studies, he received annual scholarships and eventually was able to graduate from college. Shyamveer is now a government school teacher and hasn’t forgotten the generosity shown to him as a child. He never fails to lend a helping hand to those in need and is always a voice of encouragement to his students.
MC reach 20,000 children annually, having touched the lives of nearly 870,000 children since 1969. However, their work doesn’t end there; they have also trained thousands of creche workers and impacted policies at the highest level – for which they need help, either in funds to support childcare services or volunteers to enrich programming.