The Bandra East Community Centre (BECC) was founded by the Nobertine Fathers in 1974. As a registered NGO, the BECC looks solely at the upliftment of the people devoid of conditions that aide or boost socio-economic development. The BECC works for slum residents or pavement dwellers without considering the cast, religion and creed of those in need. The BECC cares for those who have been marginalised by the society or are battling with the lows of life.
To spread hope, compassion and support the marginalized, the downtrodden and the disadvantaged and reassure them that we are all born equal as God’s own children, created in His image in His kingdom, where no one will be deprived of food clothing and shelter.
To promote community cohesion and unity by catering to the social, education and recreational needs of the individuals, families and the community.
**Study Class** - Debate in progress between two group of students of different age group and different standard. Children from the slum areas, who cannot afford to pay fees for tuition are given coaching since 2006. Extra attention and guidance for slow learners is also taken into account and ensured by the teachers.
The Creche Project
A crèche is a facility which enables parents to leave their children while they are at work. These children are provided with encouraging environment for their holistic development. Children feel secure and cared for at all times in a safe, loving and better environment for growing and developing. Also, develop reasoning abilities to the fullest. Our goal is to develop in each child creative self-expression, expanded awareness and deeper understanding by asking questions and investigating. They also learn proper nutritional habits, improve physical development and maintain good health and personal safety. In today’s world, to enter kindergarten with confidence, it is important for children to develop all components of kindergarten readiness in preschool. The Creche Project greatly emphasizes the need for a firm and strong foundation to the well-being and upbringing of the child with comprehensive day care services including food, shelter, medical attention, timely immunization and recreational activities for the children. Various sessions are taken by doctors for parents on the hygiene, nutrition, malnutrition etc.
Sewing classes help teenage girls, who come from the slum areas and have no source of livelihood, in acquiring a new skill and procuring work. Many girls have benefitted from this endeavour since 1988. This project is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship for women.
Mission Poshan is a collaborative initiative between Bandra East Community Centre (BECC) and Decimal Foundation aimed at addressing the nutritional needs of underprivileged children from the Balwadi and Study class programs. The project, which commenced on January 19th, is a year-long endeavor designed to improve the health and well-being of 30 children enrolled in our organization. Decimal Foundation is providing nutritious snacks to the children on a daily basis. These snacks are carefully prepared to ensure that the children receive adequate nourishment to support their growth and development. The collaboration involves daily updates on the individual children receiving food through the project. This data monitoring system allows us to track the participation and progress of each child, ensuring that they are consistently benefiting from the program. Decimal Foundation conducts health check-up camps at three-month intervals to assess the progress of the children. These camps include medical examinations, nutritional assessments, and counselling sessions aimed at addressing any health concerns and providing guidance on healthy lifestyle practices for the welfare of the community children.
Our commitment to creating a positive impact in the community is unwavering. One of our key initiatives involves providing daily mid-day meals to those in need, particularly rag pickers and individuals facing food insecurity. Every day, 30-35 people gather at BECC to receive nourishing meals that go beyond addressing hunger – they embody the spirit of compassion and community support. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure no one goes to bed hungry, fostering a sense of belonging and well-being. This initiative is a testament to the power of collective efforts and the positive change that can be achieved when a community comes together. We invite you to join us in this journey of making a difference. Your support, whether through volunteering, spreading awareness providing funds for expanding our initiatives plays a vital role in creating a brighter future for those in need.
To get any entry level job learning computer is very significant. Keeping this in mind BECC started a computer class in the year 1999 to provide digital literacy to adolescents and youth staying around Bandra east slums.