Chhimeki field research, case studies and household visits revealed that mothers of the families in communities with low socio-economic status go to work leaving their small children in dirty, dark and small rooms with food and water. It is one of the reasons why small children suffer from physical and psychosocial problems with chronic as well as acute disease. In light of this, Chhimeki has given priority to child protection program through its Child Care Centers (CCC), which it operates in needy areas at an affordable rate. The first CCC was established in the year 2003 and by 2008, Chhimeki was able to establish Six CCCs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Chhimeki has been now operating only 3 Child Care Centers in ward no. 13, 14, and 32 of KMC with the aim to assist poor working mothers with small children and to promote the overall development of children from six months to three years old. The CCCs operate Sunday to Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. The centers provide children with three meals a day and with medical and psychological support towards their physical and psychosocial development. Parents contribute a small fee towards the care of their children.
On average 60 children are taking daily services from our 3 Child Care Centre every month. The majority of the parents in our CCCs live in rental accommodation which means that they have migrated to Kathmandu, and many of them are daily wage workers.