Baby Feeding Centers at Railway Stations- CSR Projects India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Updated:  29/11/2019

 

Project Pitch By: Child Help Foundation

 

Proposed Project Title


Baby Feeding Centers at Railway Stations

 

Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Hunger & Malnutrition

Project Synopsis

Breast feeding is the most natural and important aspect of mother-child bonding and child nutrition. Lactating mothers have to feed their infants at regular intervals; until the child completes 6 months, Industrialized states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, the footfall in major stations is as high as 6 lakhs a day. According to a census conducted by the Western Railways, an average of 34.74 lakh suburban commuters and 9.21 lakh non-suburban commuters travel every day. A good percentage of these commuters include women, including lactating mothers traveling with infants. In the absence of baby feeding rooms, it can be extremely difficult and embarrassing for mothers traveling with infants to breastfeed their babies in public. Hence Child Help Foundation aims at facilitating the construction of baby feeding rooms in 5 stations on the Western Railway as a pilot project.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.6 Cr - INR 1.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Boisar, Biladi, Sanjan

Key Project Partners
Government,Companies,Municipal Corporation

Project Status
Already Implemented-Replicable
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Women
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 1000- 3000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Breastfeeding is the most natural and important aspect of mother-child bonding and child nutrition and should be encouraged. Lactating mothers have to feed their infants at regular intervals, till the child completes 6 months, paediatricians advise mothers to avoid giving them even water.
In industrialized states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, the footfall in major stations is as high as 6 lakhs a day. According to a census conducted by the Western Railways, an average of 34.74 lakh suburban commuters and 9.21 lakh non-suburban commuters travel every day. 
These commuters also include women, some of whom travel with infants. In the absence of baby feeding rooms, it can be extremely difficult and embarrassing for mothers travelling with infants to breastfeed babies in public and in full public glare.
In early 2017, WCD minister Maneka Gandhi had written to the railways and ministry of civil aviation urging them to upgrade facilities for mothers travelling with infants at railway stations and airports across India. However many stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat still lack this facility. Child Help Foundation aims to facilitate the construction of baby feeding rooms in 5 stations on the Western Railway as a  pilot project, supported by funding through corporate CSR initiatives.

Breast feeding is the most natural and important aspect of mother-child bonding and child nutrition and should be encouraged. Lactating mothers have to feed their infants at regular intervals, till the child completes 6 months, paediatricians advise mothers to avoid giving them even water.


In industrialized states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, the footfall in major stations is as high as 6 lakhs a day. According to a census conducted by the Western Railways, an average of 34.74 lakh suburban commuters and 9.21 lakh non-suburban commuters travel every day. 


These commuters also include women, some of whom travel with infants. In the absence of baby feeding rooms, it can be extremely difficult and embarrassing for mothers travelling with infants to breastfeed babies in public and in full public glare.


In early 2017, WCD minister Maneka Gandhi had written to the railways and ministry of civil aviation urging them to upgrade facilities for mothers travelling with infants at railway stations and airports across India. However many stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat still lack this facility. Child Help Foundation aims to facilitate the construction of baby feeding rooms in 5 stations on the Western Railway as a  pilot project, supported by funding through corporate CSR initiatives.


Methodology:

Child Help Foundation’s team has already surveyed the following stations: Sanjan, Bhilad, and Umergaon in Gujarat and Palghar and Boisar in Maharashtra. In the first phase of the project, baby feeding rooms will be constructed in these 5 stations. The project will be funded through corporate CSR funding.


The internal dimensions of the room will be 6 feet x 6 feet, which can accommodate 2 nursing mothers at a time. There will also be a table for keeping accessories like diaper bags etc. and a bin for disposing of soiled diapers. It will also be a  safe space where the infants can be fed with a bit of comfort away from the public glare

 
 

Salient Features

  1. It is place for the baby and the mother for feeding in privacy and full dignity
  2. The project promotes and advocates for breast feeding which vital for health of the baby
  3. The Baby feeding room also be used for immunization and polio drops administration
 

About Child Help Foundation

Child Help Foundation (CHF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping needy and neglected children. Child Help Foundation’s holistic approach focuses on children’s basic needs like education, development, intervention, treatment, care, and overall development. 

 

Our beginning was simple, the intention was to create support structures that would help provide tools like education, shelter, food, and hope to children and youth from marginalized communities. We actively run and manage numerous grassroots level initiatives that facilitate basic education and health services for underprivileged children and communities in India. 

 

Child Help Foundation today: CHF has reached out to children in need in the field of Education, Health, Medical emergencies (children suffering from cancer, heart ailments, etc.) calamity relief, water, and sanitation.Child Help Foundation won multiple awards in 2018-19: The ET NOW – Rise with India award for the best NGO in the Healthcare and Girl Child Education sector and CMO ASIA NGO Excellence award for our commitment to emergency health care for disadvantaged children and education for girls. In October 2019 CHF received the Mahatma Award. 

Child Help Foundation (CHF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping needy and neglected children. Child Help Foundation’s holistic approach focuses on children’s basic needs like education, development, intervention, treatment, care, and overall development. Our beginning was simple, the intention was to create support structures that would help provide tools like education, shelter, food, and hope to children and youth from marginalized communities. We actively run and manage numerous grassroots level initiatives that facilitate basic education and health services for underprivileged children and communities in India. Child Help Foundation today: CHF has reached out to children in need in the field of Education, Health, Medical emergencies (children suffering from cancer, heart ailments, etc.) calamity relief, water, and sanitation. Child Help Foundation won multiple awards in 2018-19: The ET NOW – Rise with India award for the best NGO in the Healthcare and Girl Child Education sector and CMO ASIA NGO Excellence award for our commitment to emergency health care for disadvantaged children and education for girls. In October 2019 CHF received the Mahatma Award.

Child Help Foundation (CHF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping needy and neglected children. Child Help Foundation’s holistic approach focuses on children’s basic needs like education, development, intervention, treatment, care, and overall development.
 
Our beginning was simple, the intention was to create support structures that would help provide tools like education, shelter, food, and hope to children and youth from marginalized communities. We actively run and manage numerous grassroots level initiatives that facilitate basic education and health services for underprivileged children and communities in India.
 
Child Help Foundation today: CHF has reached out to children in need in the field of Education, Health, Medical emergencies (children suffering from cancer, heart ailments, etc.) calamity relief, water, and sanitation. Child Help Foundation won multiple awards in 2018-19: The ET NOW – Rise with India award for the best NGO in the Healthcare and Girl Child Education sector and CMO ASIA NGO Excellence award for our commitment to emergency health care for disadvantaged children and education for girls. In October 2019 CHF received the Mahatma Award. We 
 
 

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