Mythri’s work in early childhood care and development is concentrated at the local level, while the scope of its other https://www.yourcanadianmeds.com/ endeavours is regional in nature. Mythri, a Registered Society, began in 1987 with a focus on rag pickers and establishing a shelter for them. They found that treatment in isolation did not have the desired long-term effects, and so broadened their scope to include programmes on slum development.

To this end, two pre-school centres were set up in 1999 in the JC Road area, as an umbrella over three slums: Gurappa Gardens, Vinobha Nagar and Cement Huts. Following the Balwadi structure, there were 80 children spread over these centres, with two teachers and one community worker, who looked after the educational and nutritional needs of the children that attend.

In 2000, Mythri introduced a Reproductive and Child Health Programme in the Lingarajapuram slum. This programme helped the community create structures for its pregnant women and young children, by emphasising early registration of pregnancies, frequent medical check-ups, and antenatal care. It also encouraged household visits from community workers, and fortnightly meetings for mothers.

Between 2000 and 2002, Mythri, with the help of Dr Nandini Mundkur, targeted the Frazer Town slum, providing medical care to infants (birth-1 yr), in the form of weekly visits to the area, and reinforcement through the training of adolescent girls and young mothers in the care and management of babies.

Mythri has also conducted a regional workshop on Child Rights, in collaboration with UNICEF. This workshop identified issues related to child rights and proposed plans of action; participation was district-level, with inputs from Urban Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga, Raichur and Davanagere. This documentation and Mythri’s experiences in Child Rights training programmes are available.

Mythri believes that capacity-building programmes for teachers, which take in to account the multi-lingual and multi cultural nature of the environment, would greatly harness the resources already available.

“Nethra” is committed to the development of waste pickers and street children, running a field centre, covering 500 children on a daily basis.  
“Neethi” is Mythri’s child rights programme, to promote advocacy through networking with other NGOs and public groups via sensitisation and training programmes.
“Nischai” works with slum dwellers, focusing on the empowerment of women and the development of the girl child.
“Parivarthane” addresses cultural awareness and the advocacy of issues involving street and slum children, in seven slums, with the help of the Bangalore Street and Working Children’s Forum, BOSCO, NIPCCD, Karnataka State Council for Child Welfare, and other NGOs.

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