Mrs Rashmi Nakhre, recipient of ‘Distinguished woman of North Carolina’ Award for the year 1999-2000 is an Indian lady born in Indore. She has two master’s degrees- one in psychology, and the other in child development. She received this award in honour of her professionalism and excellence in the field of day care. The ‘Distinguished woman of North Carolina’ awards are presented annually to women who have attained outstanding levels of personal achievement and whose contributions have made significant impact upon lives of citizens.
Former executive director of Hattie Daniels Day Care Centre, Mrs Nakhre says that when she moved to US in 1974 along with her family, she started working with Hattie Daniels Day Care initially for financial reasons. But, very soon she fell in love with the kind of work that she was doing. She never imagined that taking up this job would lead her to state recognition.
When she joined the centre, it was mainly for poor and disadvantaged children. In a year, the number of children at the centre reduced from 50-60 to just 4. But Mrs Rashmi Nakhre refused to compromise on the basic principles of providing quality and affordable day care to the children of the poor.
When the economy declined, the day care centre was on the verge of closing down. A significant factor in the board’s decision to keep it going was the influx of Wilson country at that time of Latin-American migrants to work on tobacco farms, which were finding a readymade market for their products. The centre struck a contract with the migrant workers to take care of their children and this deal was crucial in helping the centre to survive. Mrs Rashmi Nakhre played a major role in raising funds for the centre. For her noteworthy efforts, Mrs Nakhre received a congratulatory letter from the executive director of North Carolina Council for women.
Work done by Mrs Rashmi Nakhre is a matter of pride for Indians.