The Meera Centre is a specialist early childhood development centre that provides services to the community and a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment essential for the development of children under 5 years of age.
We aim to increase children's access to quality early childhood development facilities. The programmes for children below the age of 3 years provides exposure to structured education. Similarly, the programme for children aged 4-5 years focuses on supporting them in transitioning to a school environment.
The centre also supports the families of children by increasing the knowledge of parenting methods and creating a 'one-stop' shop' of information and advice on services for the children and their families.
Childreach Nepal began working on the Meera Centre project in April 2013, and the centre was opened in April 2015 - just 5 days before the big earthquake. Thankfully the centre survived with no damage, and acted as a shelter for the community in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.
The land for the centre was generously donated by famous Nepali comedian Hary Bansha Acharya, and the project is partially funded by the Embassy of Japan, who have contributed $87,058 towards the construction. Our volunteers have assisted with the construction and improvement works through our 'Big Build' scheme since 2013.
46% of primary school children have no previous childhood education to prepare them for school. As a result, children find it difficult to keep up with their lessons and, if they fall behind or drop out, they can become more vulnerable to exploitation such as labour and child trafficking.
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