Emaar India under their “Guardian of Hope” programme comes up with a new initiative for Children of construction labourers to have a nurturing and joyful childhood and with this vision, they have been running crèche programmes across its 9 project sites for children of migrant workers to help migrant families and their children for a better and secure living. Through this programme, Emaar India nurtured the life of 450 labours’ kids with fulfilling their health, nutrition and education needs in a well-planned manner.
Emaar India in collaboration with its contractors runs nine crèches at different project sites. These crèches cater to labourers’ children from age group 0-12 years, divided into three broad categories: the youngest ones from 0-3 years, the Balwadi group of 3-6 years, and the bridge course group of 6-12 years. These crèches, are presently catering to more than 450 kids every day where health, nutrition and education needs are taken care of in a well-planned manner. Nutritious meal, growth monitoring, doctor’s visit, innovative learning methodology not just ensures proper growth and development of these kids but also gives a peace of mind to their parents working at the sites that their kids are in safe hands and well taken care of. The crèches are currently operational at 8 project sites of Gurugram and 1 in Mohali.
For Chandni – a migrant labourer from Mathura, getting a private education for her kids was out of question; but, with Emaar India’s initiative she feels that the education provided at their crèches is at par or even better than that of any other place. “My son is happy to attend school every day,” she says. The story is similar with Rashmi and Sarita, who work with Chandni. They say that they experience a great working environment too as they do not have to worry about their children.
Samaritans like Sangeeta, a caretaker of one of the crèche at a construction site, are far and few and often struggle to get contractors and developers to see the benefits of welfare. “Initially I faced much difficulty and opposition. It was a long struggle before I could make any headway.”
Emaar India with help of people like Sangeeta are running crèches at 9 project sites and they ensures that the children are looked after, providing with nutrition and have access to basic education.
Sangeeta says “The crèche staff are trained & monitored on regular basis to ensure appropriate upbringing of kids. Time to time, Emaar India employees & the inhabitants of residential projects quiet often volunteer to teach and spend some quality time with the crèche kids. Recently, a movie screening session was organized at the theatre of one of the residential complex’s clubhouse where more than 200 kids and 20 staff members enjoyed the movie”