St. Jude India ChildCare Centres

St. Jude India ChildCare Centres

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St. Jude India ChildCare Centres

We have uncovered a huge unmet social need to provide a safe and clean environment for children to recouperate following treatment for serious chronic diseases in India. Whilst hospitals are able to provide therapy to the most needy of children in India through the generosity of a plethora of charities, the children and parents often have no place to stay and have to 'sleep rough' on the streets. As we know from our own experiences with people suffering from chronic diseases, the environment in which we convalesce is important to ensure that treatment is effective. In short, we aim to bridge this gap to help children recover in a childcare centre, whilst also helping the families to care for and educate their children, as well as to provide counselling for the families during this traumatic experience.

Our first program was to establish a St Jude Childcare Centre at the Mhaskar Hospital in Mumbai. We entered into a 10 year agreement to secure premises for up to 8 children suffering from cancer and their immediate families. Our second program - completed in November 2007- expanded our vision to care for up to 15 additional children and their parents at our new centre within the Indian Cancer Society in Mumbai. Our third centre - opened in November 2008 - also in partnership with the Indian Cancer Society, is located in the same building as centre two. We have secured premises for a further four centres and aim to have these up and running by the end of 2009.

Founded 2006