‘Balwadi Project’ is designed with the motto of ‘Cultivating Healthy Habits through Education’ in order to address the Educational as well as Health & Nutritional needs of slum children between 1 to 6 years of age. The project is run through 25 Balwadis spread across five different slum areas of Mumbai which have an approximate population of close to half a million. This project was started with the objective to facilitate immunization of the Balwadi children and to reduce the malnutrition level among them, thereby improving nutrition as well as attendance in schools.
To keep on improvising the project activities and to keep parents updated about performance of their child in balwadis, we organize monthly meetings for parents and teachers. For the month of march, meetings were organized during the first week across all Balawadis, During the meeting, a review was taken of last month’s activities of Balwadis, new children were enrolled, children’s weights and grades were read out and parent’s experience of development of their children was also shared. Most importantly, awareness on swine flu – its symptoms and prevention was the most important agenda this time.
Overall, all the meetings across all Balwadis helped in evaluation and development of Balwadi students.