A lack of sleep is Lucy’s biggest complaint and that’s no wonder. The mother-of-two, who moved to the UAE 12 years ago to run an Abu Dhabi-based primary school, has already been much-lauded for founding and running Delhi’s two-year-old Harmony House. The centre gives over 200 of Delhi’s slum-dwelling children, between the ages of nine months and 16 years, an education, nutrition, social services and a medical centre. Yet in 2011, she embarked on yet another pet project.
September saw the doors open on the UAE’s first and only ecological and socially responsible nursery, Home Grown Children’s Eco Nursery, which Lucy opened in collaboration with her good friend Beverly Jatwani. The nursery aims to develop a strong social conscience in all its kids by pairing children at Home Grown Eco Nursery, with those at Harmony House. The children then share photographs, experiences and ideas as they grow older, building a strong bond.
A portion of the fees that parents pay at the nursery go towards paying for their paired child’s placement at Harmony House. As Lucy says, “little people can make a positive difference in the world... Parents are becoming more conscientious about providing opportunities and experiences that nourish their children’s heart and soul.”