Mar 8, 2018

Report and next year's plans for the programme

Dear Donors,

 

Thank you for all your support over the last 8 months. The Mid Day Meal Project has had a great year. This year we learned about our children's health a lot more and simultaneously learned about how we can make our mid day meal programme a complete health improvement programme.

 

Over the last 3 months, here are the highlights of our work

  • We analysed the health data of all the 2000 children who receive our mid day meal programme and found out that 19% of the total children are severly undernourished and very close to being malnourished. Their BMI levels were in the lowest range compared to the average BMI range. Also, we realised that the children in the age group of 5 to 8 years are the ones most affected
  • We identified the schools in our programme that have the most number of affected kids, a certain school had nearly 101 severly undernourished students.
  • We then conducted parents meetings in 4 of our 8 schools to enlighten the parents of these 190 children about the health issues with their children. We also talked to them about how they can better the diet of their children. Almost 60% of the parents were able to come for the meeting and then commit to making changes in the diet of their children.
  • Along with parents meetings, we also conducted hygiene and sanitation improvement sessions for the all the schools in the programme.

 

Road Map for the next 3 months

  • The Parents Meetings will the remaining parents will continue and a followup meeting for all parents is planned for April, post exams and before the summer vacation begins in order to help the parents plan and feed their children better
  • All the students who have especially show severe undernourishment will be tracked more closely by the team and by the school authorities to check for improvement
  • The next year's project will be not just a mid day meal programme but a school health improvement programme, with various aspects to it. 

 

Dharma Bharathi Mission would like to again thank all you donors for the continous support and we hope that our project continues to receive your support in the future.


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Dec 12, 2017

Mid Year Report for DBM's Mid Day Meal Program

Volunteers from ITM conducting Health Awareness
Volunteers from ITM conducting Health Awareness

The following report is an update on the funds collected via GlobalGiving over the month of July 2017.

Expense Report 

Total Funds Collected over GlobalGiving : 8,170 USD = Rs. 5,39,000 Approximately

Cost per child per month for meals served on 24 school days = Rs. 310/- i.e. 5 USD

Total Number of Children Served over July - 1600 Childen across 6 schools in Govandi and Mankhurd in Mumbai

Total Expenses over July - Rs. 4,96,000 i.e 7,515 USD

Total Balance by End of July - Rs. 43,320/- i.e 655 USD 

Total Balance by End of August - Rs. 0/- (All funds collected over global giving were exhausted 

 

Objectives Achieved from July 2017 to November 2017

1) Operations 

  • One more school added to the Mid Day Meal Programme and Meals provided to all students in 7 schools. Now a total of 1973 students are under the programme

2) Impact Evaluation and Data Collection

  • Health data for all 1973 students has been collected with height weight and BMI index
  • Subsequent, economic data of 950 parents has also been collected

3) Feedback from Beneficiaries

  • Schools have requested the programme coordinator to include eggs and protein rich ingredients in the meals served

4) Next Steps

  • All 1973 students will be provided meals till the end of the school year by using individual local donations we have been able to procure
  • Feedback from new school and all other managements will be taken
  • Inorder to boost the health of students in the community, the co-ordinator will now go to the community and select 50 parents who will be given additional knowledge and support on nutrition and health related issues 

5) Health Checkups and Awareness Camps

  • DBM conducted Health checkups across all the schools under the programme to collect data about the students
  • Health awareness camps were conducted for students and parents with the help of volunteers from ITM college.

Current Impact report of the Students and the Community

  • In July 2017, collected data revealed - Of 1600 students, 20% highly undernourished, with BMI levels 23% below average BMI standards defined by the WHO.Now in November 2017, the children have moved from highly undernourished to mildly undernourished as the average undernourishment level is only 14% compared to 23% 6 months ago.
  • Data collected from Parents of these students reveals - Of 940 parents, 700 parents had all their children under the Mid Day Meal Programme. The remaining had 1 of many or a few of many children under the Mid Day Meal Programme. Data reveals that the parents who have children in the Mid Day Meal Programme, spend 10% lesser on food and health facilities compared to other parents/

Summary

Dharma Bharathi Mission is grateful to all its donors for their support. The above mentioned impact has only been possible because of your support. We thank you and look forward to additional support from all the donors in the future.

Overall, the MDM Programme has achieved its set objectives and will continue to adapt, learn and help in the progress of the community.

Health Check up Camp in Progress
Health Check up Camp in Progress
Health Check up Camp - Parents and Children
Health Check up Camp - Parents and Children
Children with Volunteers who bought gifts !
Children with Volunteers who bought gifts !
Sep 11, 2017

Progress on the Mid Day Meal Project

The following report is an update on the funds collected via GlobalGiving over the month of July.

Expense Report 

Total Funds Collected : 8,170 USD = Rs. 5,39,000 Approximately

Cost per child per month for meals served on 24 school days = Rs. 310/- i.e. 5 USD

Total Number of Children Served over July - 1600 Childen across 6 schools in Govandi and Mankhurd in Mumbai

Total Expenses over July - Rs. 4,96,000 i.e 7,515 USD

Total Balance by End of July - Rs. 43,320/- i.e 655 USD 

 

Objectives Achieved over the Month of July

1) Operations 

  • Meals provided to all students in 6 schools. All students are from Grade 1 to Grade 8.

  • Meals were served on time and without any delay at all centres

2) Impact Evaluation and Data Collection

  • Student Health Data for 600 students is collected. 1000 students will be covered in August
  • Subsequent, economic data of parents of these 600 students has also been collected

3) Feedback from Beneficiaries

  • Schools have requested the programme coordinator to include eggs and protein rich ingredients in the meals served

4) Next Steps

  • All 1600 students will be catered to without any issues for the month of September and October
  • Feedback from schools will be discussed with the management team and subsequent changes will be made. New Vendor will be allocated
  • Data collection for the remaining students

 

Current Impact report of the Students and the Community

  • Collected Data reveals - Of 1600 students, 20% highly undernourished, with BMI levels 23% below average BMI standards defined by the WHO
  • Data collected from Parents of these students reveals - Of 940 parents, 700 parents had all their children under the Mid Day Meal Programme. The remaining had 1 of many or a few of many children under the Mid Day Meal Programme
  • The Average Monthly Household Income of Parents of these children is 13,090 Rs i.e. 200 USD per month of which 28% is spent on Food. For Parents who have children under the MDM programme, spent 18% of their income compared to others who spent more than 35% of their income on Food.

Summary

The Mid Day Meal Programme, now aims to bring more children under the programme and under the schools covered by the programme. Students in the highly undernourished category will undergo health checkups and will be provided health supplements if necessary.

Overall, the MDM Programme has achieved its set objectives and will continue to adapt, learn and help in the progress of the community.

 
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