Mountain Children's Foundation
Focus: Children and Youth, Education, Environment
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CONNECTING young people from far flung villages, this monthly children’s magazine in Hindi is distributed to every bal sangathan. A publication that MCF have produced since 2003, PABAM provides a forum for children to share their stories and concerns and documents their activities, photographs, letters and artwork. Children write in to share community learning experiences and this helps incubate new ideas and builds a strong peer network. Over 150 issues of PABAM is a record MCF's progress!
WITH children at the heart of MCF’s vision for the future of remote mountain communities, they strive to improve the quality of education in locals schools by enabling children to become active change agents. The programme works with aganwadi workers, school management committees and community-based organisations to raise the standards of early childhood education, while also facilitating the creation of bal sangathans which give children a voice - and a space - to initiate change.
IN an effort to raise the levels of sanitation and hygiene among rural communities, MCF bring together children, parents and community leaders to collectively identify problems that they want to address such as lack of toilets in the village, lack of water and toilets in the local school and shortcomings in domestic and personal hygiene. This method has proved fruitful - in five villages, for example, children have dug out seven garbage pits and made 29 cardboard dustbins in their schools!
Under the aegis of MCF, a network of some 15,000 young people working with organisations across 600 villages are tapping the power of collective action to get teachers to attend school and parents to allow children, in particular girls, to study.
I was so impressed meeting with the children and hearing how committed they were to impact their lives and the communities they live in.
The bal sangathans undertake a Healthy Home Survey which has changed the village. After the survey most families in the village use dustbins and toilets and because of this the cleanliness in the village can be seen.
MCF is an organization of great integrity and they work hard to empower children in India to improve their communities.
- Aditi P. Kaur President
- Sudhir Bhatt Treasurer
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