An Anganwadi in Hatkhwapara before Refurbishment
Azara: The tiny tots of Hatkhwapara, Hirapara and Keotpara need not spend their play and education time anymore surrounded by dull stained walls and broken floors as the members of International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme have refurbished and colourfully painted the Anganwadi centers of the villages and handed them over, 11 July 2014.
‘The objective of the undertaking was to make the learning experience of the children who come to the centers enriching and perhaps in one word what one could call beautiful and effective process’ says Mr. Alex Kelly, a team member from UCDVO and placed in Keotpara.
Expressing her feeling about the transformation of her center Anganwadi Worker Ms. Moni Das of Keotpara said that ‘never in her life had she dreamed that her center would be so beautiful and learning experience of children so colourful.’ ‘I am grateful to the students of Don Bosco and UCDVO for transforming my center into a center of learning’ she added.
An Anganwadi in Hatkhwapara after Refurbishment
Ms. Jyothsna Bagum the Aanganwadi Worker from Hatkhwapara expressing her experience after the refurbishment of her Anganwadi Center said that ‘till last week the community people would not visit the center but now not just community people and forget about the parents of the children who come here; even public passersby are stopping and visiting to see the kind of changes the Anganwadi centre has gone through.’ ‘I am proud of my center’ she adds with a smile.
A break during refurbishment of the Anganwadi at Hirapara
Speaking to the members of the team from Don Bosco and UCDVO after the inauguration ceremony Mr. Dipak Kumar Das, Headmaster of Hatkhwapara Lower Primary School expressed his opinion that ‘the Anganwadi Centers which are important in the process of the development of a Child in India could be as colourful, beautiful and child friendly as the newly refurbished Anganwadi of Hatkhwapara.’ ‘It gives immense happiness and sense of satisfaction to know that there are people out there who care and dare to share dreams of making the lives of the children better’ he added.
Anganwadi literally means a ‘Courtyard House’ in Hindi. It is a Government center where children between the age group of 0 to 6 years and expecting mothers are given holistic developmental care by a Government appointed Anganwadi Worker.
Enjoying the comfort of the refurbished Anganwadi Centre
Four Anganwadi Centres (two in Hatkhwapara, and one each in Hirapara and Keotpara) have been refurbished, inaugurated and handed over to the three communities by the team of volunteers from UCD Volunteers Overseas, Ireland and Don Bosco University. The refurbishing process included scrubbing the walls and floors, repairing the broken walls and floors, white washing, painting and finally fitting linoleum on the floors.
Speaking on the experience of the process of the Anganwadi refurbishing work Ms. Dupphidalin says that ‘she has learnt how to mix cement and sand and may perhaps be able to fix her own house’, while Ms. Namita says that she ‘could perhaps paint her own house as she has discovered the painter-self in her.’
For Ms. Victoire and Mr. John while ‘the cleaning and whitewashing of the centers were the most frustrating, the emerging of trees, animals and rainbows from the once dull walls and beautiful laying of linoleum on the once broken floors were the most satisfying and joyous experience.’
According to Peter ‘the transformation of Hirapara Anganwadi Centre gives happiness with a hope that children who come there can now have more pleasant time.’