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My Mum of a Day

When my mum works, I have my mum of a day

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This concept should be a part of an overall strategy – EMPOWER THE PEOPLE of Caldas to take the destiny in their hands and build themselves a better life. This part concerns the improvement of empowerment of female population and better children care.

The concept is based on a creation of a community day care which will provide for the community of Caldas the following benefits:

1. For the children: good care and better nutrition

2. For the working mother: a freedom to work even on an irregular basis

3. For the day-nurse: free food and good conditions for them and their children

The community day care will be based on the following principles:

1. The working mothers (or those searching for a job) will be enabled to leave their children in a day care for a small daily fee which, in sum of all fees, should cover the food expenses of all children and the operating staff for the particular day

2. The fee could be partly replaced by the volunteer work in the community center (a daily based fee and particular replacement of the fee is very important in the concept, to support the low-income members who can find jobs only on an irregular basis, on-call)

3. The fees will be solely used for community day care operation costs

4. The food which will be cooked shall respect basic nutrition rules

5. A no-fee training for the job will be offered to the association members working as a day-nurse and/or cooker (it will also improve their chances to find a job in the future)

6. The day-nurses will be scheduled timely, the list will be available publicly

7. The facilities will be in ideal case offered by the Caldas’ local government, in the worst the existing facilities could be used (homes, schools, churches)

As an additional idea: a small, initial loan for the daily fee can be offered by the Grameen bank.

How do you envision this idea making money?

The money is created based on the collected fees.The fee is based on a wage percentage and could be partially reduced through the service in the day care. In addition, the concept supports female population in creating income.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

1. The day-care will provide better nutrition for all children in the center. 2. The children will have a full-day care, which will reduced injuries' rate of children staying home alone 3. Family living conditions will be improved by additional income

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

1. Children care will be improved not only short-term, but in addition in a long-term, by better educated mothers 2. Single mothers, as a significant poverty layer, will get opportunity to become jobs and/or obtain additional training and therefore get better-paid jobs 3. Community itself will gain more importance 4. Educational level of both mothers and children can be significantly improved through the center 5. Close connections between mothers will be established, so they can develop asocial network which can help by job search, in a case of illness, possible joint business start etc.

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

1. Involve the government, as they could speed-up process by providing facilities and training 2. Look for the pro-active mothers in each community, which will be able to run the business Ix-Chel, Center for Creativity


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