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The High Tech Anganwadi of Mangalore

From time immemorial, our culture has been such that children were brought up listening to stories narrated by their grandmothers. Learning in its true form took place in ancestral homes, role models were characters in the stories weaved by grandmothers sitting on porch steps. Following in the roots laid by our tradition, High Tech Anganwadis have been built at Bengre in the south constituency of Mangalore, Katipalla in the North constituency of Mangalore and at Edurupadavu in Moodushedde in the Moodbidri constituency quiet literally based on the model of a grandmother’s house called Ajjiya Mane. 

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These new structures will have little plots of land that will serve to cultivate vegetables, to plant flowers, a Vermi compost unit, rainwater harvesting unit, solar lamps and is Eco friendly. The Anganwadi is also home to a vast area meant for children to play, has a separate room in which children can sleep in, a kitchen, toilet facilities and a courtyard. The possibilities in these centers are endless.    

Sticking to the purpose of attracting children to a conducive environment for studying created especially for them the walls of the building have been covered with English and Kannada alphabets alongside a little bit of rural artwork. To ensure the availability of  bright light no matter what the weather, LED lights have also been installed in the building. Keeping in mind the safety of children a compound wall has also been constructed. 

Architectured by the Green Mark architect Bharatram Jeppu and guided by Nirmithi Kendra Assistant Engineer Naveeth, the building provides children with all that they need and more for studying and excelling at their academics. It was with the help from MRPL that this anganwadi came into being. The building cost at least 25 lakhs in the making. The Nirmithi Kendra was asked to come up with a plan for the high tech anganwadi by former ZP CEO Dr. M R Ravi. Consequently, the team at Nirmithi Kendra began the work under the guidance of Rajendra Kalbavi and drew up an action plan. Subsequently, MRPL was asked to lend their assistance under the CRS initiative and three anganvadis were built. 

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