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Give monthly meals to 44 girls

Focus: Women , Girl Child , Health

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WHEN abandoned girls arrive at Baale, most are severely undernourished - the plight of 36% of Indian women, say UNICEF. Fund the cost of nutritious meals for 44 girls for the next two months @ ₹3,850 per day.

The lack of a balanced diet from a young age starves the body of nutrients and adversely affects both physical and mental health. Providing their minor girls with three healthy, home-cooked meals a day is at the heart of Baale's care and wellbeing programme.

The impact of this intervention means that within a year of the girls arriving, they are visibly healthier, stronger and grow at least a foot in height!

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It costs ₹27,000 to provide daily meals to 44 girls for a week!

WHY GIRLS’ NUTRITION MATTERS

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.

Every day Baale Mane provides three nutritious meals to the 44 girls.
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.

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.

Kavita, 12, one of the girls at Baale Mane, Bangalore

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.

ASSOCHAM and EY report, 2017, India

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.

Karin Hulshof, Country Representative to India, UNICEF, India
THE PLAN

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!

Kavita, aged 12, visibly changed from before Baale Mane (L) to after (R).