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Games and gainful engagement for the tribal kids of Mulshi-Tamhini

The tribal settlements of Mulshi-Tamhini in the Sahyadri Range off Pune lack even basic necessities such as clean water, clothing and healthcare. Residents need to fetch water from a hill and they travel three villages away to reach a rudimentary healthcare center, which is shared by other settlements and villages. With most parents working as daily wage laborers—as and when they do get work— illiteracy and lack of education are rampant in this community. Thus , children’s education and healthy development is a big ask. There are only two teachers from an NGO who visit once a week to guide them with simple learning but not academics. While most children there are deprived of learning, teenage girls are even more severely affected due to child marriages that not only prevents their holistic development but also burdens them with household responsibilities.  Why is Play so crucial in Mulshi-Tamhini:  During a sanitary pads distribution drive in Tamhini due to lack of menstrual hygiene p

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