This report has been edited (to make it easier to read).
The Hadapsar crèche again ran successfully in 2018, benefiting 28 children of Gosavi vasti (editor: an area in Hadaspar where most of the people identify as a group called Gosavi). Mrs Chaya Kate, a teacher, assisted by Mrs. Rubina Khan, take care of the children. Daily. from Monday to Saturday, the crèche is open for children from 9.30 am to 1 pm. (ed: This gives very poor, hard-working parents a chance to earn money.) In the morning the teacher leads prayer, then teaches motivational songs. After that, the assistant teacher prepares nutritious food for children. Sometimes the children receive fruits, every week they are given eggs. (Editor: eggs are donated by the National egg board).
Every month there is an evening meeting, involving staff (Shanti Da, Manisha and Karunadeepa) and the parents, to discuss the progress of students and to invite suggestions and any queries about the crèche. The teacher also discusses hygiene and health with the students. Parents are very happy about the progress of their children.
A program to improve parental awareness of nutritious food was held in March, June and September 2018. Topics discussed at these meetings included the importance of health, nutritious foods available at home, and how they should be prepared. Especially valuable are peanut laddoo, (ed: peanuts, sugar and cardamon, if available), carrot, beetroot, eggs, and leafy vegetables (ed: including during pregnancy). (Ed: folic acid and calcium are provided, for free, to expecting mothers, by the government of India. Dahl and rice are also an important combination; although this knowledge is ancient and traditional in India, in some cases the consumption of dahl has fallen due to poverty, and perhaps, failure to understand the importance of the combination).
More than 30 mothers attended each of these programs. A program to raise awareness about early childhood marriage was also organized (Ed: to advise that there are alternatives and that moderately delayed marriage is likely to lead to less poverty and better health). About 25 women participated in this. Women were also taught about relevant government schemes.
The children also receive a monthly medical check, by Doctor Rajesh Nair. who checks height and weight, and provides advice and medicine to children, especially for those who are underweight.
Every year the children go on an outing together, to a garden. All the activities of Hadapsar crèche, including the awareness program, are running successfully.
List of Children:- 28 names and birth dates provided