Parental involvement during early years of childhood is vital for proper development. In India, development is hampered since most children are from disadvantaged backgrounds and don’t receive adequate nutrition and care. To compound the problem further, these parents are uneducated and don’t know how to help children with basic academics or care for their health. The statistics speak volumes:
One programme after another that aims to improve these outcomes misses the most important variable in the equation: Parents. At Meraki, we believe that child development needs to be an inclusive process that cannot move forward without parental involvement. It’s the fundamental difference that makes our approach radical.
How does Meraki work?
It’s natural for parents to want their children to succeed. They invest time and resources into nurturing their young ones to mature into confident adults. However, parents from disadvantaged backgrounds lack the knowledge and capability to support their child’s development. This results in:
- Low Academic achievement
- Poor Health, and ultimately
- High dropout rates.
Meraki works closely, and tirelessly with disadvantaged parents to provide:
- Personalised reports on key learning and healthcare achievements of children.
- Access to tools that improve learning and healthcare outcomes.
- Workshops to improve financial, health and academic environment at home.
- Stronger parent participation and coordination with schools.
“Behind every student there is someone at home providing support, encouragement and motivation. In India, it’s usually a mother. Many mothers of school going children today haven’t been to or stayed in school for long. It’s they who are the biggest supporters of children. In everything we do, lets remember that they already are and can be even more active partners in the transformative journey ahead.”
"In my work at TFI / Akanksha I’ve learnt that 'it takes a village to raise a child', and parents play a pivotal role. The children we serve from low-income households are at a risk of poor learning outcomes and experience a series of barriers at home as a result of poverty, abuse and neglect. There is a need to build individual capacities of families / communities to cope with these issues for the sake of all children. Meraki aims to empower parents to create a safe, caring and conducive environment towards transforming the lives of all children."