Umang

"Umang" is the Hindi word for "joy". The objective of Umang is to help toddlers (ages 2 to 5) develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially in preparation for formal schooling. Although new members often mimic the violence, abusive language, and sex acts they observe at home, Umang provides a safe space for toddlers to unlearn harmful behaviors and form healthy habits.

Outreach. AAWC conducts daily visits to homes and boarding homes to monitor Umang children. Mothers of Umang children also attend monthly meetings to learn about important reports, workshops, and updates.

Education. Umang children are provided uniforms and attend daily kindergarten classes at the AAWC center, where they develop discipline, neuromotor coordination, basic English and Hindi literacy, and basic numeracy. Every month, we hold meetings to review all children’s academic progress with their mothers and evaluate them using a holistic rubric. When they reach age six, all children are registered for school. Girls are enrolled in Udaan, and boys are referred to a partner organisation.

Empowerment. Umang children develop discipline, talent, self-confidence, and leadership through workshops, e.g., creative (painting, arts & crafts), fitness (Sports Day), and excursions (parks, gardens).

Select partners: Colaba Traffic Park, Hanging Gardens of Mumbai, Kidville.

Finance. AAWC assists mothers in opening and maintaining saving accounts for their Umang children.

Select partners: Colaba Traffic Park, Hanging Gardens of Mumbai, Kidville.

Health. Umang children receive daily nutritional meals and supplements, monthly physical checkups, quarterly medical camps (general health, dental, vision, immunisations, malaria, cancer detection), and regular health workshops (hygiene, nutrition). If HIV/AIDS care or hospital care is required, we provide hospital referrals and diligent follow-up on treatments and medication.

Select partners: BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Nair Hospital, KBH Bachooali Hospital, R.S. Nimkar Hospital, Smiles32 Foundation.

Recreation. Umang children develop healthy relationships with their peers and mentors through activities like religious festivals (Hindu, Muslim, and Christian), theme park visits, carnivals, and secular celebrations (Children’s Day).

Shelter. Umang children who face particular unsafe home environments are placed in the AAWC night shelter. They are also referred to partner shelter homes in suburban areas, where they can grow up far away from the red light area in a productive environment.

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