Impact India Foundation was launched in October 1983, as an international initiative against avoidable displacement. This initiative was the result of a National Plan of Action conceived and promoted by UNDP, UNICEF and WHO in association with the Governments of each participating country. IIF acts as a catalyst to bring together the Government, the corporate sector and existing NGOs in conducting mass health programmes of national priority.
IIF incubated a project which entails training of Anganwadi Workers on how to stimulate and promote motor skills and cognitive development in children aged 3 to 6 years. This program targets children in 30 Anganwadi Centres (AWCs), in Palghar District, which is a predominantly tribal area.
IIF plans to work in the 30 Anganwadi Centres (AWCs), which are already refurbished by IIF. These centres are located in Mokhada Taluka (Block) of Palghar District, Maharashtra. IIF will have six Community Health Officers (CHOs) who will teach and supervise the 30 Anganwadi workers (AWWs) for the whole year. The 30 AWWs will be given training by Grammangal, who not only adapted the Montessori Method of Education to the Indian context but also extended it to primary education. IIF’s CHOs will also participate in an intensive one-month training programme. They will learn how to supervise, monitor and analyze the implementation of the project and its outcomes. Samatvam Trust has contributed towards the cost of the training program in 4 Anganwadi Centres.