PROJECTS

SERVING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES.

NUTRITION IN EXCHANGE FOR EDUCATION.

Nutrition is the key to efficiently achieving adequate levels of schooling and learning during childhood. This project also looks to engage mothers in the education of their children as it goes hand in hand with daily attendance at class.

To prevent anaemia in schoolchildren in the shanty town communities of Mumbai (Ganeshnagar, Mira Road).

  • Nutrition and medical assistance.
  • Education for children who don`t attend school.

Children are the hope and future of every society and India has the highest index-number of children in the world. The “street children” are completely rejected and disadvantaged. They are growing in number everyday.
Malnutrition and anaemia affect almost half of all children under ten, slow down growth, and make them vulnerable to diseases such as measles or even simple influenza, which can be treated successfully in properly nourished children. This project aims to help 200 school-age children – educated thanks to this nutrition Project – so that they never go to school on an empty stomach.
Milk, rice and eggs in return for school enrolment is the commitment that the Ankur Region - and 500 children from the shanty towns of Ganeshnagar and Mira Road - have undertaken.

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MICRO-CREDITS.

         . Improve the standard of living of poor families. 

         . Income generating activities aimed specifically at women.  Micro-credits helping to            create self-employment.      

This project also aims to achieve the rehabilitation of the children`s families, who live in shacks in the vast, chaotic city that is Mumbai. The parents have temporary jobs or are out of work and form part of the millions of Indians who go to sleep at night hungry and, sometimes, without having eaten once in the whole day.
Through micro-financing we feel that we are participating in, not patronising, development, as the poor are being given the power to make their own choices and free themselves from poverty in a sustainable and autonomous way, whilst  simultaneously creating a culture of work and saving. These small loans enable women to buy wholesale produce and sell it at competitive prices in their neighbourhoods: garlic, saris, children`s clothes, fish, patisserie, work utensils, such as irons, carts and coffee machines, sewing machines and other goods ….
The monthly repayments on the micro-credits allow other women to come up with creative business ideas to help themselves.
By empowering women we hope to see them helping their household economies with their salaries.

With micro-credits the FOLLOWING IS BEING ACHIEVED:

  • Women are able to plan their futures and send their children to school for longer.
  • Increasing their self confidence thereby allowing them to face up to gender inequality. In India women suffer double discrimination “due both to their gender and the cast system”.
  • Improvements in their quality of life.
  • Taking an active role in providing income for the family.

HEALTH CARE IN THE “DONGRI” and ”GANESHNAGAR”     SHANTY TOWNS.

Mumbai is the financial capital of India. It alone produces 38% of the country`s GDP, and its port, which covers an area of some 8 km2, is one of the world`s largest natural sea ports and handles half of the country`s foreign trade.

In stark contrast to the economic success of Mumbai is the severe poverty that can be seen in the city`s streets and suburbs. Every day hundreds of immigrants arrive from the surrounding rural areas of Maharashtra state as they flee from the misery of their villages. The majority of them end up on the streets or in the shanty towns which are the biggest in the whole of Asia.
Up to a third of the city`s total population live in extreme poverty and many of them turn to begging.

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NUTRITION FOR 250 FAMILIES FROM THE MIRA ROAD SHANTY TOWN.

Poverty and the impossibility of subsisting in their places of origin force entire families, the young, the old and children, to abandon rural areas and move to the streets of the vast city of Mumbai in the hope of survival.
Due to the impossibility of finding work in the initial months they have to live in abject conditions where they lack the most basic things necessary for survival.
The NGO “Vita Mundi” subsidizes the monthly delivery of rice, wheat, sugar, oil, soap, eggs, biscuits and water to 250 families from these suburbs.
There are many families waiting for the opportunity to join this Project and be eligible for the corresponding ration card.

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CANTEEN FOR STREET CHIDREN.

Every hungry street child that lives in Mira Road knows that he or she can go to Ankur at lunchtime and get a hearty bowlful of rice with dhal, an egg, a banana and sometimes even an ice-cream.
Some adults can also be found among them. Thanks to the solidarity of the people of Mira Road this Project has been able to function continuously for several years. 

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