Gift informal education and care for 2 pre-school children for 1 month, INR 500
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Overview

The PALNA WeeKids programme prepares young underprivileged children in the age group of 2 to 6 years to enroll in mainstream schools. Over 500 children are enrolled in this programme, with about 40-50 children in each unit. Where the children belong to particularly impoverished backgrounds, they are also provided with clothes and shoes.
Starting with two centres at Qudsia Bagh and Janakpuri, they now run over 12 units across several slums and resettlement areas of Delhi including Dakshinpuri, Gadaipur, Janakpuri, Trilokpuri.
Apart from an introduction to academic learning which includes the alphabet, counting, shapes and colours, names of flowers and animals, the children are also taught basic hygiene and its importance, posture and manners. This orientation instils discipline, manners, health and confidence in the children, even as it induces learning. The overall atmosphere is a cheerful and caring one and the children look forward to coming to the centre.
The staff also guides parents on how to apply for school admission and the documentation that is required. Mock interviews prepare them for the process.
Over 85% of children from this programme have been successfully enrolled in mainstream schools of the city.

How It Works

• Each class of 45-50 children has a dedicated teacher and helper running the class.
• The hours of operation are 0930-1300 hours, Mondays through Saturdays (except second Saturdays). Every helper has also passed Class XI.
• Additionally, we have a supervisor and a program officer who oversee and monitor the implementation of this programme across all the centres. The helper and supervisor step in if a teacher is on leave.
• A snack is given to the children.


Who benefits from the programme?

• Pre-school under-privileged children in the age group 2-6 years, with priority given to children of working mothers.
• The average family income is about Rs 11000/- per month.
• Parents of the children are indirect beneficiaries as they are counseled and advised on the process to get the child admitted into a school - what documents will be needed and how to get them, and help in filling forms as well as preparing them to answer questions they may be asked.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Medicines 50.00
Nutritious Snacks 50.00
Salaries of Teaching and non-teaching staff 400.00
Unit Price 500
Quantity
Total 500
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Soham loves to learn
Soham was three years old when he joined our Palna Shishu Kendra in 2014. He lives with his family of six members, including an elder sister and his grandparents - in a rented room. His father works as a driver and his mother is a homemaker.
As per his parents, Soham loves sharing his learnings to his elder sister at home. In 2016, he got admission into the prestigious St Xavier’s School on his own merit.
At the Kendra, Soham attended pre-school, learning the basics of reading and writing, as well as general knowledge, learning about his environment, etc. He was also taught basic hygiene, his health was checked to ensure that he was not malnourished. A keen learner, he picked up very fast and was soon on top of his class. A little guidance given to his mother and grandparents who attended Parent Teacher Meetings helped them support him at home.

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