Caring for vulnerable children living in the slums and villages of India

Caring for vulnerable children

Caring for vulnerable children

GPM was founded with the primary goal of caring for vulnerable children living in conditions of poverty in Mumbai, India, and its surrounds. Over the years, the means for achieving this goal have evolved, and GPM program has grown and developed in order to meet the changing needs of the children. 

GPM uses a creative, compassionate, and carefully-crafted strategic approach of The Triad of Children’s Well-Being: Education, health and nutrition. By attending to three core issues simultaneously, GPM creates the best environment to maximize the ability of vulnerable children to change the trajectory of their lives.

Education: Love2Learn School Network. Educational opportunity is a key factor in breaking the cycles of poverty. GPM provides formal and informal schooling to over 1000 children living in urban slums and 25 rural poor villages around Mumbai. The Love2Learn school network serves families in Kalwa, Thane, and in the remote tribal villages of Palgar District of Maharashtra. The Love2Learn educational network is built on the understanding that all children deserve access to high-quality education. Love2Learn provides an innovative, student-centered, and progressive program for every child.

Nutrition: Eat2Learn Nutrition Program. The most gripping barrier to children’s growth is hunger. When families do not have food security, everything else falls by the wayside. In order to alleviate children’s hunger and to prevent child labor, GPM provides a simple yet powerful solution: Eat to Learn. This signature program provides hot, nutritious meals to children learning in classes every school day. These hot meals offer children – and their parents – a wonderful incentive to stay in school rather than send children to work.

Health: The Shravan Health Center. In 2015, GPM opened the first ever medical clinic for mothers and children in the Kalwa slum, serving a community of 200,000 people. The clinic, in partnership with Doctors for You, provides a wide range of accessible services, including sick visits, vaccinations, tuberculosis treatment, medical outreach and more. The clinic also treats malnourished babies and children as part of the Dr. Gerald J. Friedman Infant Malnutrition Intervention Program. In rural villages, GPM also provides a mobile clinic to serve the medical needs of families in remote tribal areas.

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