Trust charity partner Mumbai Mobile Crèches was commended for its role in tackling child malnutrition in India’s urban slums in the latest report from Dasra, India’s leading strategic philanthropy foundation.
The report, Nourishing our Future placed Mumbai Mobile Crèches (MMC) among the top 10 high potential organisations working within the community and public health care system with innovative, scalable models in child health and nutrition.
Over 100 non-governmental organisations in Mumbai and New Delhi were evaluated by Dasra.
“We are very proud that our charity partner Mumbai Mobile Crèches has been recognised as a model in delivering access to nutrition and health care for Mumbai’s poorest children,” said Abha Thorat-Shah, Director of The British Asian Trust. “MMC is a prime example of the type of pioneering charity the Trust supports – those with innovative and effective programmes that can be scaled and replicated.”
Mumbai Mobile Crèches, established in 1972, has provided health and education services to over 150,000 children living on the construction sites where their parents work as migrant labourers. In Mumbai, over 26,000 children die of malnutrition a year, according to Nourishing our Future. In India, 3,000 children under the age of three die every day due to malnutrition, says the report.
“While this poses a huge problem for urban India, the healthcare of the most vulnerable children in the slums is seldom discussed,” said Alison Bukhari, Dasra Director. “ Our report is the result of a four-month research process into the issues and challenges surrounding child health and nutrition in India’s urban slum populations. It identifies the five cornerstones of preventative and curative care and analyses the interventions of 10 organisations, including MMC, working to scale solutions in Mumbai and New Delhi’s slums,” she said. Read Nourishing our Future.