We are pleased to announce our new partnership with the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP), and Big Hug’s support of the the Jugnu Pre-School Programme (Jugnu).
The Jugnu programme was launched in 2009 and is a pre-school service run within IICP’s premises. The service provides extremely destitute children aged 2 – 6 from neighboring slums with an early education, nutritional supplements, and health and hygiene information. The children attend the pre-school from Monday to Friday, 2.30-4.30pm. 100 children are enrolled in the programme with 40-50 children (including 7 with cerebral palsy) attending every day.
The programme begun because the families could not afford to send their children to the nurseries which exist within the area. Before Jugnu, the children would play in vulnerable environments with a high risk of malnutrition and disease. The programme gives these children a ‘head start’ in their education by exposing them to a range of preschool activities which help develop their cognitive, social and language skills.
Below are some photos of the children in their homes in the slum areas as well as at the Jugnu project.