What started out as a small project in a rented out building has become the face of Jeevan Asha today. The Day Care Centre is our most popular and successful programme that reaches out to over 30,000 people living in five slum pockets along Ghodbunder road in Thane city. Providing a secure and clean environment with personal care and attention to these children is our major goal.
Parents from areas near the centre who work as daily wage labourers and house maids in the nearby houses, come every morning and drop off their youngsters in the care of this centre knowing well that their children will be fed a nutritious meal, taught and fully taken care of while they are there. Basic language and mathematical skills, good values, general knowledge, hygiene are taught here with the aim of getting these children admitted to a municipal school.
In the last 14 years, the Jeevan Asha Day Care Centre has benefitted more than 2000 children who came to this centre as nervous and undernourished tots and have grown up to be confident young adults with big aspirations and dreams for themselves and their families.
The 79 children enrolled in our Day Care Centre this academic year, have reported a marked improvement in their literacy and mathematical skills and have gained weight since June 2014. The same facilities have been replicated in Orissa, where 70 children are currently being educated at the Jeevan Asha Day Care Centre.
An unforgettable moment for us came year before last when the 10 children who were amongst our first batch, gave their 10th grade exams.