In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, schools across Bangladesh have closed, greatly impacting learning opportunities for millions of children. In addition to learning, schools often act as a source of nutrition and health for poorer families. Consequently, school closures can have devastating effects on social issues such as malnutrition which is already prevalent among school-aged children in Bangladesh.
Throughout the pandemic Thrive has remained committed to ensuring Piet Van students continue to receive food. In addition, knowing that many parents of the students have been without work since restrictions were put in place, we have now shifted our focus on providing meals to family members as well.
Dedicated volunteers safely deliver bags of dry good items containing daal, rice, potatoes, onions, sugar, and spices to Piet Van where one member from each household receives their bag of food items. The children and their families are beyond grateful for Thrive's support, especially now with so many families struggling to put food on the table.
We cannot express enough how thankful we are for your generosity and continued support in our mission to deliver healthy food to hungry children living in the poorest areas of the world. Together we can help create a world where all children Thrive!
The pandemic has affected all of us. But it has hit the poor the hardest. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link below.
Students at Piet Van recently completed the national exams and we are proud to say that everyone passed with flying colors. The students have worked hard to prepare for the exam over the past several months which is evident in their passing scores. Both improved attendance and academic performance of Piet Van students are a testament to the value of Thrive's meals.
In the months of January and February, we have spent a total of $2280 on food purchases which amounts to $0.50 per meal per student. The standard meals, which are delivered five days a week, included a banana, a seasonal fruit or vegetable such as guava, dates, and cucumber, and eggs. Once a week students also received milk and popular, local snacks such as shingara and chana which contain nutrient rich vegetables. We recently added jujube to the menu which is a fruit grown locally and is packed with Vitamin C.
Through GlobalGiving we have raised $5393 which will carry us through mid-May. If you would like to help us continue supporting Piet Van, please do consider donating again or setting up a recurring monthly donation. For just $10 you can help feed a child at Piet Van for an entire month. These children are incredibly bright and look forward to going to school every day. With your support, we can ensure that they receive the brain-fuel they need to be focused and ready to learn.