Mumbai Mobile Creches is a voluntary agency committed to the task of developing and maintaining care programmes for the children of laborers working on construction sites in Mumbai, India. The construction workers live in makeshift homes, without any family support system and lack even the simplest amenities. Their children grow up, constantly on the move, getting no education and fending for themselves as best as they can. The organization Meera Mahadevan founded in 1969, called Mobile Creches for the Children of Working Mothers, provides education, health care and recreation to more than 3,800 children in Delhi, Bombay and Pune. Over the last twenty-five years, Mobile Creches has reached out to over 2,00,000 children through 369 centers.
Mumbai Mobile Creches, split from the parent Mobile Creches, cares for an average of 5000 children a year at construction sites in Mumbai and in the slums. At the crèche, care and support is provided to the children of the construction workers’ through various programs. These are listed below:
Creches — Day care centers for new born and infants
Non-formal education and recreational facilities — for children between the ages of 3 and 12
Nutrition — midday meal and milk
Health care and hygiene — regular visits from a doctor
Educating the parents — on child care, hygiene and nutrition
Lokdoot and Puppetry — Through street plays and puppetry, the trained staff provide information on social issues such as adult literacy, alcoholism, AIDS, importance of education, dowry,etc.
CVI has supported MMC from 2001 to the present.
Reports of visits to MMC by CVI board members or friends are provided below.