Kavita, appointed as an Anganwadi Worker under Integrated Child Development Scheme in September, 2014, travels everyday from Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh to Nardan Basti and gives children a healthy start to life.
Kavita has been teaching children below six years of age since she started working many years ago. Her love for the children in this age group is what motivated her to become an Anganwadi worker. She has been actively engaged in different activities right from the time she has joined.
During her tenure as an Anganwadi worker she has received training from the Department of Women and Child Development. When she was placed in Nardan Basti she faced some challenges at the community level – only a few children were accessing the Anganwadi centre and there were issues related to quality of food.
Firstly, she started to monitor weight of the children on regular basis and to keep the records of all children in her register. The severely acute malnourished children started getting monitored twice in a month. She used to refer severely acute malnourished children to primary health centre.
“Supplementary nutrition used to be left at Anganwadi centre due to quality issue and complaints from the community. She repeatedly made complaints in her monthly progress report to her Supervisor to improve its quality and quantity. Today, the supplementary nutrition is in good demand among children who access the Anganwadi centre.”
Not only did she start to do growth monitoring of all children, but also, through monthly meetings at Anganwadi centre, she started spreading awareness among the lactating and pregnant women regarding exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, ante-natal check-ups etc. According to Kavita, the changes she has seen in the community are many!
- The community is now aware of growth monitoring and now they keep asking about the child growth
- The pregnant women come themselves to register their names in Anganwadi centre in first trimester
- The pregnant and lactating mothers have started to inquire about their health issues during and after pregnancy
- The adolescent girls are being given Iron-Folic Acid tablets
- The mothers are sending their children for Pre-School education
- The community people are taking supplementary food from the Anganwadi centre etc.
Kavita would not have done the successive interventions in the community, if she had not received support from her Child Development Project Officer, Ms. Alka Rawal, who is a source of inspiration for all her workers. “I want to work more sincerely for children in the community and to improve the situation of malnourished children. I also want to grow in life,” says Kavita. There are a lot of Kavitas in this country who are working day and night for the underprivileged children. You can donate for children and help them become healthy citizens of tomorrow.
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“I want to work more sincerely for children in the community and to improve the situation of malnourished children. I also want to grow in life,” says she.
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