Give monthly meals to 44 girls
Focus: Women , Girl Child , Health
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It costs ₹27,000 to provide daily meals to 44 girls for a week!
A key factor to the high rates of child malnutrition in India is the low status of women, which is directly related to UNICEF's estimate of 36% of Indian women being chronically undernourished from childhood. This in turn affects maternal and child health and creates an intergenerational cycle of malnourishment. Part of Baale's duty of care has been to focus on the nutritional intake of their girls so they grow up to be healthy, strong women.WHY IN GOPALAPURA
The girls at Baale Mane come from different regions of Karnataka, where 1.2 million children are said to be malnourished. According to a report filed in December 2011 in the Supreme Court, 44% of children under the age of five are stunted, and 38% are underweight in the state, both strong indicators of undernourishment.
Widespread nutrition deprivation among women perpetuates an inter-generational cycle of nutrition deprivation in children. Undernourished girls grow up to become undernourished women who give birth to a new generation of undernourished children.
Over the decade (2005-15), there has been an overall reduction in the infant mortality rate and under-five mortality rate in India, yet the country is housing about 50 percent of undernourished children of the world.
After coming to Baale, I understood the importance of eating healthy food and thinking about what goes in my body. My immunity has improved greatly.
Providing three healthy, home-cooked meals a day to more than 40 girls costs ₹27,000 per week, including a piece of fruit after each meal, a daily egg, an after-school snack and a glass of milk. Meat is given once a week and fish twice a week. Their nutrition is complemented by produce grown in their organic kitchen garden, such as the superfood moringa (drumstick), spinach, tomatoes, ladies fingers, mangoes, papaya and bananas!