Making More Health in India: what’s going on?

Local teachers participate in program run by our MMH Fellow Eszter Harsyani and her team member

Also in India a lot of Making More Health (MMH) activities are happening. Just to name a few: besides two new MMH kindergarten/ Anganwadi buildings, a Making More Health leadership week in July, preparations for the launch of a system changer network India and the final preparations of an apprentice exchange program between Boehringer Ingelheim and the Karl Kübel institute for development education ( KKID) now also two further programs have started.

Our Making More Health fellow Eszter Harsyani works with local teachers on early childhood development

A few days ago, our MMH fellow Eszter Harsyani has started to work with teachers from the kindergarten (anganwadi) and schools. Also some mothers from our self-help groups participate in several learning modules. Playful games, emotional relationship building among small children and the parents and also a lot of knowledge around early childhood development are part of the program.

Eszter Harsyani sharing practical examples

Eszter and her team have set up in the past months two parents center in Kenya, too. The response by the parents and teachers was enormous and the different activities are very much welcome – by the children and the adults. In the next months, together with our local partner KKID also in some of our tribal villages the idea of parent clubs will be introduced.

GoBiz – the basic business training offered by our employees

In addition, in October has started also the basic business online program for our Indian communities. Many women and men living at the poverty line often invest in small businesses – and unfortunately fail very often. One of the main reasons is missing business knowledge. That’s why GOBIZ is interesting to many community members. Indeed… the number of local participants in very high.

Based on several modules six of our employees will train regularly interested community members on basic business skills. The business training comprises modules from understanding what business is and how to find business opportunities to topics such as financial for non financial, marketing and communications.

Hind, who has run the first module, describes:

“ It is important to do the training in a very interactive way, especially because we are online only and to give examples which are part of the daily life in which our target groups live. This includes the products we mention, the names and description of cases and also the calculation in rupees. It is a big learning for me to transfer my high professional knowledge in such a way.“

There is a win for all. The next sessions will take place soon.

What else?

Well, our two Indian NGO leaders who have been to our Kenyan projects and project managers are back and support a lot of ongoing and planned activities – there is a lot to come. Also the work with scavenger families and homeschooling programs continue… stay tuned!

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