Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan

by Zindagi Trust
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan
Breakfast for Kindergarten schoolgirls in Pakistan

We provide breakfast to students of Kindergarten at a low-income public school in Karachi, Pakistan. The daily menu changes according to cost, availability of items and season, but typically includes some combination of the following: Bread, Butter, Jam, Eggs, Cakes, Biscuits, Fresh Fruits, Raw Vegetables, Fruit Salad, Chicken etc. Milk is a fixed part of the menu. In winter, children are given Chicken Corn Soup.

After a recent medical camp was held at the school where all Kindergarten children were examined by a team of doctors from Aga Khan Hospital, the top private hospital in the city, the breakfast menu was enhanced to add wheat porridge vegetable and chicken following the recommendations of the doctors.

This month, we would like to share with you some comments of students from the 3rd grade, who were the first class in our school with whom we piloted the breakfast program: 

Misbah, Class 3C

"I studied in KG-1, Section C. I liked the breakfast at our school, which included Custard, Milk, Boiled Egg, Biscuits, Cake and lots more. I always did my breakfast at school. There were fruits too - Oranges which were already peeled, but I loved to peel fresh bananas myself before eating them! When it started, I didn’t like to drink milk, specially every day, but soon after I become used to it!

Nimra, Class 3A

"I studied in class KG-2, Section A. Sometimes I had my breakfast at home and sometimes at school. There were lots of different things in breakfast like Noodles, Milk, Boiled Egg, Biscuits etc. but biscuits with Milk were my favorite. I think this facility should be provided to other students also."

The parents are very satisfied with the Breakfast Programme and have reported that it has created a healthy habit of breakfast at home on non-school days too. We thank you for your support and hope that you will continue donating to the programme to help us enrich the lives of our students.

A student with her wheat porridge
A student with her wheat porridge

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Back to School - Milk & Sandwiches
Back to School - Milk & Sandwiches

A very warm hello from the students of Kindergarten at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School in Karachi. This August, our students returned from their summer vacations and we were once again greeted with smiles at the top of the day in the Breakfast Room. A total of 226 students from the two sections of Kindergarten start their school day with a breakfast meal. The menu this autumn term includes milk every day, in addition to some combination of bread, jam, butter, noodles, sandwiches and seasonal fruits. 

This breakfast is a great incentive for the students, many of whom come from low-income families, to come to school and it has demonstrated an improvement in their health. The Breakfast Period is also a great time for us to organically introduce students to ideas of hygiene, health and nutrition. 

As you may know, Pakistan is one of two countries where the crippling polio virus remains endemic. The issue is a sensitive one, with polio workers facing uncooperative attitudes and serious security threats. Earlier this month, the polio vaccine was administered to the students of Kindergarten, thanks to an initiative led by the Town Health Officer. A total of 117 students - those under the age of 5 - were given the drops of the polio vaccine by two Lady Health Visitors, with the support of our Health Room nurse Haji Bibi and the staff of the Kindergarten. 

We thank you once again for your support and hope you will continue to contribute towards bringing better nutrition to our kindergarten students.

Polio vaccination in the Breakfast Room
Polio vaccination in the Breakfast Room
Mac and Cheese!
Mac and Cheese!

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starting the day with noodle soup
starting the day with noodle soup

Since you last heard from us, the new school year began for us in April and our kindergarten class grew from 235 smiles to 250 even brighter smiles walking in to our Breakfast Room to start the schoold day every morning.

As the winter came to a close in March, the menu was altered for the warmer months to move from eggs and chicken to a lighter package of seasonal fruits and bread and butter or jam. As usual, the crowd favourite rose-flavoured milk stayed on.

We were pleased that the parents of the newly admitted students as well as recent visitors to the school (volunteers, government monitors, etc.) expressed their appreciation and support for the breakfast programme. We hope this support will grow into the practice of the state providing school meals at all schools across the province.

Thank you for your continued support in promoting good health and nutrition in Pakistan's school children!

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Beginning with Breakfast
Beginning with Breakfast

Every morning, the tiny tots from kindergarten at SMB Fatima Jinnah Girls school walk with great confidence to the Breakfast Room where they pick up their plate and their cup of milk themselves. The latest addition to the breakfast menu has been chicken sandwiches and chicken nuggets. Other than milk, the breakfast menu has included bread with jam or butter, fresh fruits, soup or instant noodles. Fortified energy powders like Horlicks or the popular rosewater syrup (Rooh-Afza) are added to milk, to encourage children to drink it. This past quarter, breakfast was served every morning to 235 students. 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children. As the first meal, it gets the body going for the rest of the day. Eating breakfast also has an impact on school performance. “Study after study shows that kids who eat breakfast function better,” Dr. Schneider says. “They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy.” However, studies also show that a big percentage of young children skip breakfast and as they grow older, more of them completely give up breakfast.

Though these studies have been conducted in the West where most of the kids skip breakfast despite having the means to afford a breakfast, the numbers would be much worse in Pakistan's urban slums where an average family with 5 to 6 kids can not afford to provide a proper breakfast to their families. Thanks to your generous donations, the students of Kindergarten at SMB Fatima Jinnah Girls School, most of whom come from low socio-economic backgrounds, are able to start their school day with breakfast which keeps them healthy and alert and also instills nutrition at the head of the day as a lifelong habit. We are thankful to your support for making this programme a success and look forward to your support in the future.

In the Breakfast Room
In the Breakfast Room

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slurping soup
slurping soup

Breakfast was served to 235 children during in the last three months as part of our kindergarten project where the school day begins with breakfast. These children are students of Kindergarten at a school for underprivileged children in Karachi, Pakistan. Their parents appreciate the initiative that provides a regular meal and milk to their children. The program will continue over next quarter with the new menu selected from the following items:

Eggs, Biscuits, Slice, Jam and Butter, Fruit Salad, Seasonal Fruits like Banana, Apple, Guava, and Melon, instant noodles, Sandwiches, Cake etc. Milk is given daily, occasionally with a fortifying drink like Horlick's or with popular local flavours like rosewater. Occasionally, chicken corn soup, sheer khorma (a popular local sweet dish) and seasonal raw vegetables are also served in winter.

We hope to continue this programme with your support!

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