More Health, Better Care - two additional MMH kindergarten in Tamil Nadu

The Corona crisis is a massive challenge for the population in Indian cities and villages. Also, in our project area close to Coimbatore (South India), the situation is obvious: besides the virus's risks, the direct and indirect consequences are enormous. The income situation of many families is critical, which has a significant impact on many health aspects: nutrition, hygiene, mental health - even more important are now the Kindergarten teachers in the villages who are also informal health workers and often the very first reference point when it comes to health issues. It's now the fifth year that we have worked with a larger group to bring more knowledge and health awareness into the Kindergarten work. The "Anganwadi" (this is how rural kindergartens are called) teacher regularly participated in many of our modules based training offers.

Now the construction work of two new Kindergarten we had planned in our project area has started.

Under the umbrella of the Making More Health initiative, already three Anganwadi have been inaugurated in the last years. These Anganwadi do not just care about young children but are also small informal local centers where a lot of health education occurs, such as vaccination campaigns, sexual education for adolescents, and information sessions for pregnant women and mothers.

"One MMH kindergarten will be in Dhaliyur village and another one in Poochiyur village," informs Selvaraj, our local NGO partner from the Karl Kuebel institute for development education (KKID)

The three former MMH Kindergarten buildings – not too far away- are geographically located in Kerala. It took only a few days that the Kindergarten and the related programs got also known in the neighborhood.

It's a great moment to scale up our efforts and to be able to include even more Anganwadi teachers in the whole program. A program that trains the teachers in many aspects: they gain a lot of additional health knowledge, participate in digital training, learn about social entrepreneurial ideas, and become more self-confident. This will empower the children and the people around them.