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For children from disadvantaged communities, good preschool education is an important avenue for addressing the multiple domains that influence their readiness for formal schooling. While Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) is the only avenue for the disadvantaged children in India to access pre-school education, but unfortunately its pre-school component continues to be abysmally weak.
CHETNA has undertaken a Community Health and Nutrition Programme (PAHEL) in eight selected villages of Mundra Taluka, Kutch District of Gujarat state. The project which is operational since 2015 aims to ensure that the communities; especially women, children, and young people in the identified villages have better access to public nutrition and health services and truckers and labourers working at Mundra International Container Terminal Campus are better informed about healthy behaviours.
To this end, infrastructural facilities of 24 Anganwadi Centres were strengthened with special focus on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), Anganwadi Workers and the ASHAs are being trained on health and nutrition communication and mass awareness of non-school going adolescents and communities on health and nutrition entitlements are being facilitated on a continual basis.
The project is supported by Mundra International Container Terminal Private Ltd.