Chai Paani Meetings
Chai pani meetings are one of Mumbai Mobile Creches’ primary means of disseminating information, building community relationships, and communicating with migrant workers living on construction sites. Through these meetings, the teachers aim to raise awareness about important social, personal, or community issues and provide relevant information about best practices and resources to address these issues. The topics addressed are not necessarily the same across all of our centres and sites; rather, teachers and other MMC field staff determine which topics would be most helpful to cover based on their interactions with community members and that specific community’s needs. Topics may range from school admissions processes, common illnesses during monsoon, birth registration forms, personal hygiene and hygienic food preparation, and more.
Lokdoots (street plays) are effective conduits for our community outreach, as this medium circumvents the issue of illiteracy and fruitfully uses the advantage of the highly oral Indian culture. Through animated and engaging street plays, people’s attention is captured in a way that cannot be achieved through presenting written materials. MMC has a brilliant and competent Lokdoot team, which performs at the construction site labour colonies. They use a wide range of topics including the importance of education, health and hygiene, addictions, HIV awareness, etc. These lokdoots serve as the starting point for discussions and collaborative work to help community members make positive changes in their own lives and their communities.