Child Development Centre
(After School Program)
LYNY's Child Development Center provides opportunities that encourage healthy development in four areas — spiritual, physical, social, and economic.
Lyny started a child development center in one slum. At present 120 children are attending the center. Children 14 and younger meet at the center for 2 hours a day, Monday through Saturday.
Currently we are providing some snacks given the amount of resources; however, we are praying to provide nutritious meal once or twice a week. A typical meal consists of local grains, cereals, vegetables, eggs or meat, and fruit. Most of the children get only two meals a day at home and the meals are usually not nutritious. For the malnourished children a special diet would be provided
India accounted for the largest number of people living below international poverty line in 2013, with 30% of its population under the $1.90 per day poverty measure according to the World Bank.
The children living in and around the 49,000 slums in India are invisible. In India, 32.7% of children under the age of five in urban areas are underweight and 39.6% are affected by stunted growth (15). Children are too short for their age due to lack of nutrients, suffering irreversible damage to brain capacity.
The Global Nutrition Report 2017, which looked at 140 countries including India, found ‘significant burdens’ of three important forms of malnutrition used as an indicator of broader trends.
These include childhood stunting, anemia in women of reproductive age, and overweight adult women. About 21 per cent of children under 5 are defined as ’wasted’ or ‘severely wasted’ — meaning they do not weigh enough for their height.