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With the rapid rise of urbanisation in India, approximately 35 million men and women make a living as construction workers. They live with their children in poverty ridden temporary settlements near construction sites where they are exposed to hazardous construction materials. Left unattended while their parents are busy working, these children are prone to accidents and abuse, putting their safety and well-being at severe risk.
In a survey conducted by Mobile Creches (a grassroots NGO), about 70% of these children suffer from malnutrition, compared to the national average of 21%. Early and timely interventions can positively affect the long term development of the child. Hence, Plan India designed the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programme to take care of children living at construction sites.
Since the launch of the programme in 2015, Plan India has set up 71 crèches across Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore to provide over 2,000 children between the age group of 6 months - 12 years with pre-school early education, nourishment, immunisation and healthcare.
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