One of the integral components of our holistic approach towards education is providing healthy, nutritious meals for all pupils at Hunar Ghar. It is all the more important in a village like Bakhel, where 61% of children are malnourished, resulting in stunted growth and wasting (as shown in our Early Childhood Development Study). In this blog, we give you an insight into the kitchen at Hunar Ghar and the people involved in running it, who through their dedication and effort, prepare and serve nearly 900 meals a day… Read More
Taking care of the overall health of children enrolled at Hunar Ghar is an integral part of our holistic approach to education. With a 60% increase in enrolment this year and a total of 412 children at Hunar Ghar as a result, we now are in a position to have a much larger impact on children’s health in the community. In light of this increased responsibility, Shobhag Meena has joined us as our Child Health at Hunar Ghar coordinator. In this blog, he writes about his background and his responsibilities at Hunar Ghar.
Today Rajasthan Patrika, a leading Hindi newspaper in India, published an article about Educate for Life. Rajasthan Patrika is the most widely read Hindi newspaper in the country. Its online edition has considerable readership in the UK as well. Read More
With Hunar Ghar, we have demonstrated that delivering quality education integrated with holistic health and community services is possible in extremely deprived rural areas. The Hunar Ghar team has played an instrumental role in achieving this. Our Health and Community Manager Kanan Silvera is a key member of this team of rural changemakers participating in a movement to transform rural India while working with the local community to bring about a lasting change in their lives. As we continue to expand and strengthen our work to create a wider impact, we are hiring new team members. In this blog, Kanan talks about her experiences with the recruitment process, the challenges she foresees for the new recruits and tips she has to offer to them to be successful in their roles.
Last year we conducted an Early Childhood Development Study to understand how Bakhel children could be better served. Our study found that 90% of 1-4 year olds in Bakhel have stunted growth and 54% were underweight or severely underweight. To help address the problem of malnutrition, we started a breakfast club last month so that children at Hunar Ghar receive healthy and balanced meals twice a day, complementing the free school lunch they already get. Our Special Educational Needs Intern Leah took the lead on this. Below is an excerpt from her blog where she describes the background work that was done to start the breakfast club.