February 2018: Health Week: Health week took place from the 19th to the 24th February at all MMC day care centres across the city. This event generates awareness of the importance of nutrition and healthcare on construction sites and is always was well attented by both parents and children. Various topics were covered; cleanliness and hygiene, adolescent girls and boys, healthy childhood, healthy mother- a healthy world and children with special needs.
February 2018: Teaching Aids Exhibition: Since 1982 MMC has been conducting a one year teacher training programme, Bal Palika, to train women from underpriviledged backgrounds and place them in MMC centres and other educational institutions. This year the annual Bal Palika Training - Teaching Aids Exhibition was organised on 13th and 14th February. 30 trainees from the programme presented their skills through innovative exhibits, games and puppet shows. The theme of this years exhibition was ‘Kitakonki Rangbirangi Duniya’, Colourful World of Insects.
February 2018: Kala Ghoda Art Festival: This is the second year that MMC has participated in the iconic Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. This year the festval’s theme was ‘Hara Ghoda’( Kala Ghoda goes green) , sustainability and a green environment. MMC’s display in the children’s section presented a ‘Journey of Migration’.
January 2018: Mumbai Marathon: The annual Tata Mumbai Marathon, the biggest annual fundraising event for MMC, was held on Sunday 21st January. Over 130 participants took part in support of MMC’s work with children living on construction sites, including runners from three corporate partners; Schindler India Pvt. Ltd., Owens Corning India Pvt. Ltd and Hersheys India Pvt. Ltd. Over Rs.20 lacs was raised this year.
January 2018: Puppet week & Exhibition: A puppet festival was celebrated across MMC day care centres from the 15th to the 20th January. This year the theme was ‘Jal hai toh Kal hai’ (Conserve water, conserve life). The week ended with a two day puppet exhibition, held at Nirmala Niketan College of Social Science, Churchgate, packed with activities such as puppet shows and puppet making workshops. The exhibition was well attended by teachers, trainees, staff from other NGOs and members of the public who particularly enjoyed the puppet making workshops.
December 2017: Annual Camp: Every year an annual camp is held for children aged six and over who attend MMC day care centres on construction sites. From the 12th to the 22nd December more than 350 children, from centres spread across the city, stayed for 2 days at camps at Yusuf Meherally Centre, Panvel and Vidhayak Sansad, Vasai. The children took part in many interesting and fun activities including games, magic shows, visits to local village industries and they staged cultural song and dance performances.
Health Exhibition 2017: This is the second year of Health Exhibition organized by MMC. This Exhibition shed light on the vulnerability and health issues migrant communities and their children face by using art forms and craft.
July 2017: Chess Sessions at MMC Centres: We partnered with the Indian Chess School and the South Mumbai Chess Academy Pvt. Ltd. (SMCA) to provide children with weekly chess lessons. Chess is not only fun to play but requires a player to plan, develop original strategies and analyse consequences; the game develops foresight, discipline and confidence in a child, and boosts memory. Three of our children participated in a monthly SMCA chess tournament and won a silver medal in the entry level group.
April 2017: Home Away From Home! Book Launch: MMC recently launched its' first fully illustrated children's story book titled, 'Home Away from Home!' which tells the story of the Indian migrant children. The Hindi version of the book is titled 'Mujhe Ghar Mil Gaya!' The idea for 'Home Away From Home!' was inspired by the migrant children who attend MMC's day care centres on construction sites. For our library programme, our teachers were looking for children's books that narrated a story of migrant children or the construction worker's community in India, but they couldn't find any. We created this book so that the migrant children we serve could see their lives reflected in its pages. The book was launched at Kitab Khana in April.