Jan Swasthya Sahyog - Rural community-run creche, Phulwari

Jan Swasthya Sahyog: An overview

Project:  Phulwari: Rural community-run creche

Location: Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. India

Grassroots Partner:  Jan Swastha Sahyog (JSS)

Project Description:

‘Phulwaris’ are community-run creches that were started ten years ago by Jan Swastha Sahyog (JSS). The principal goal of the Phulwari program is to combat malnutrition in children between the age group of 0.5-3 years. Since its inception, the Phulwari program has expanded significantly and JSS now runs 86 ‘phulwaris’ across 38 villages with an enrollment of approximately 1200 children. By providing a reliable day-care service to the rural poor, the Phulwari program has not only helped alleviate child malnutrition, but has also solved other social problems like dropping out of older kids from school and staying back of women from work to take care of their infants and even improved the inter-caste social dynamics.

Impact:

● Creche facilities for 1200 children in 38 forest villages

● Steep reduction in malnourishment in under 3 children

● Enables both parents to work without worry

● Enables older sibling to attend school and not having to care for the younger ago 

 

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