Aganwadi Adoption

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Work with us to provide nutrition, healthcare, and basic education to pre-school children in Gujarat.

Narmada district is located in the southern part of Gujarat with a geographical spread of 2755 sq.km. It shares a border with Surat, Vadodara, Bharuch, Tapi districts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Administratively, Narmada district is divided into 4 talukas and 609 villages, with Rajpipla town as the district capital. The district has a total population of 5.90 lakhs as per the 2011 Census, accounting for only 1% of the overall state population. Currently, 89.56% of the district’s population lives in rural areas.

The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched by the Government of India in 1975 with the following objectives:

  • To improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years.
  • To lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child.
  • To reduce the incidence of mortality, malnutrition and school dropout.
  • To achieve effective coordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development, and
  • To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional need of the child through proper nutrition and health education

These services are provided from anganwadi centres established mainly in rural areas and staffed with frontline workers.

In accordance with the ICDS scheme, Narmada district has 6 blocks and 950 anganwadi centers operational for about 56,000 children. About 950 anganwadi workers and a similar number of helpers continuously work for the betterment of these children. The District Administration is committed towards holistic development of children through ICDS scheme, and has launched a scheme for the adoption and upgradation of anganwadi centers.

The major requirements right now are the development of child-friendly infrastructure in anganwadis, installation of modern kitchens for preparation of children’s meals, better pre-primary educational equipment, and better training for aganwadi workers and helpers. The District Administration estimates the total cost for these enhancements will be INR 5 lakhs per anganwadi. Break-up of costs is as under

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Details

Approx. cost (INR)

1

Child-friendly infrastructure (such as water proofing of building, oil paints, new flooring, etc.)

2,50,000/-

2

Modern kitchen development

1,00,000/-

3

Pre-primary educational equipment  

1,00,000/-

4

Manpower skill enhancement

50,000/-

Total

5,00,000/-

A pilot project of this concept will be initiated in the district with 5 anganwadis.

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