Food for hungry children
Focus: Education, Health
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Because despite declining rates, child malnutrition is an acute problem in India, which is home to 40million stunted under-fives – more than any other country in the world. In a 2015 press release, a group of non-profit organisations appealed to the government to say: “Declare malnutrition as a medical emergency to save India’s children dying of hunger.”WHY IN ANAND NAGAR?
The population of this suburban slum is an estimated 22,000 made up of about 4,000 families. The majority of the men are daily wage earners, drivers, electricians, carpenters, etc. who barely afford to give their families two square meals a day. Plus, as many are migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who prefer their women not to work, it puts a further restriction on the family income. So their kids often go hungry.
There is no task more important than building a world in which all of our children can grow up to realize their full potential, in health, peace and dignity.
The health of our economy and society lies in the health of this generation. We cannot hope for a healthy future for our country with a large number of malnourished children.
Sprouted beans, such as green mung, are widely available and one of the cheapest super foods. Its high protein content is a good supplement for poor diets with carbohydrates and not much else. So sprouts will be introduced first, then mixed fruits like bananas and dates. If the Fundraiser is successfully completed, the children will also be fed ‘paushtik’ laddoos, which are more expensive but delicious – and with proven health benefits.
WALKING long distances from home to high school has its dangers in rural India - especially for adolescent girls. Help IHMP buy 50 cycles at ₹4,000 each so girls can ride to school, instead of dropping out.
EDUCATION is the best bet in breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty faced by families living off waste. Fund school kits for ₹389 each so their children have the tools to attend and stay in school.
MOST in Calcutta Rescue's schools live below the poverty line and look forward to the nutritious lunch they're given. Give ₹253 - the price of two coffees - and buy a day's staples for a class of 30 children.
UP to 100 children of Mumbai’s red light district find refuge in AAWC’s shelter - especially at night. Fund hygiene and health kits for the safe care of innocent toddlers and young girls.
WOOLLENS come at a price - but should not cost a poor child her health. Help PPES gift a hat, gloves and socks under ₹400 a pack to all their 870 primary school girls to keep them warm, and well, this winter.
THE winter months are harsh in rural Uttar Pradesh. Riding to school at 6am on cycles provided by PPES, the older girls face chilly winds through moist, open fields. Protect them and gift windcheaters for Xmas.
With the help of Rs 1,15,744 raised through the fundraiser, Sona Sarovar Trust has been able to give healthy food, special laddoos, and snacks for 50 slum children on a daily basis.
For instance, 12-year-old Arti Sav was severely malnourished when her aunt first brought her to live in Mumbai so that she could look after her five cousins. Arti's parents couldn't afford the basic necessities which had a profound effect on her health. Using the funds raised by this fundraiser, Sona Sarovar Trust made sure her diet included generous amounts of healthy food such as banana, dates, sprouts, and mixed fruits. Within few months there was a noticeable change: Arti put on weight, looked cheerful and scored better in class.