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

Project Report | Sep 5, 2018
Back from the Summer break: Eat your fruits!

By Anam Palla and Shahnaz Hunzai | Project Managers

Breakfast Hall at KPS
Breakfast Hall at KPS

Schools recommenced in the month of August after a two and a half month summer break. The school management came back to school with renewed energy to take on new challenges. As the breakfast program continued to serve nutritious local meals to their little elementary school students they observed that many students were showing resistance towards eating the fruit that was being served. Given the importance of fruit in our daily diets, the managements decided to try new things to encourage the students to also eat fruit with the same enthusiasm as other foods. Firstly, the number of days fruit is being served was increased. Now, four out of six days, some fruit is being served to students either whole, as shakes or mixed in their porridge. Students especially liked banana and mango shakes. Moreover, the school nurse who oversees breakfast counseled students about the importance and benefits of having various fruits in their diets. Slowly but surely, students are seen completing their entire meals on their own including the fruit!

At Khatoon e Pakistan Government Girls School (KPS), breakfast is served to students of Kindergarten, first grade and second grade totaling 200 students. However, due to its larger student body, SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School (SMB) is currently only able to serve breakfast to their 278 kindergarten students.

During this quarter, SMB’s students were served bread, jam, butter, pancake, boiled eggs, omelet with chapatti, cooked or fried ladyfinger (or other vegetables) with chapatti and yogurt, boiled potatoes, chickpeas, biscuits, sandwiches, fruit salad, french toast, kidney beans, potato cutlets, raw vegetables and wheat porridge. Milk remains a daily feature in the menu.

KPS is currently serving  dates, milk, yoghurt, porridge, fruits, vegetables, chickpeas, eggs, milk shakes, wheat porridge (mixed with dates, milk and sliced bananas) and wheat flat bread (served with a mix of butter and dates). Sweet potato, spinach, and bottle gourd, fresh from our school vegetable garden, is also being served.

Speaking of the school vegetable garden, which we introduced to you in the last report, KPS is now growing Brinjal/eggplant and serving it to students. Various vegetable seeds have been planted which will be ready to serve students during the next quarter. Measures are being taken to protect the vegetables from pests. An environment club has been initiated which comprises of 30 students. These students are growing their own vegetables and fruits, composting using school kitchen and garden waste and learning to take care of their environment. Awareness of health, nutrition and environment are being integrated.  

The Breakfast program has done wonders. It has brought about a heartening improvement in the development and health of our young students. Teachers and staff report a decrease in absenteeism, fainting due to malnutrition, yawning during the class, and diminished concentration in studies and sports.

The provision of breakfast has also tremendously boosted student admissions in the Early Childhood Development grades (ECD) at SMB. Visitors comment very positively on providing hot-meals to the young kids. The parents of newly admitted kids were especially very happy and overwhelmed by this facility at school and appreciated the efforts of the management and the concept of having healthy food. These newly admitted kids will hopefully uphold having breakfast every morning and inculcate the tradition of regular and healthy breakfast at their homes.

We are especially happy to hear that the breakfast program is making waves outside of school. The message of having a good breakfast has travelled to the community and kids who have moved to higher grades have been asking their parents to make similar breakfast for them at home. “I miss the breakfast of KG II; we used to get new yummy dishes every day.” Said Areeba Hussein of grade 1-B. Iqra Rizwan of 1-D said, “Our KG breakfast introduced us to very healthy breakfast items and I ask my parents to make the same for me for in the morning”.

Please consider making a donation to our breakfast program to continue supporting nutritious meals for children in Pakistan’s public schools

Milk and fruits
Milk and fruits
Breakfast hall at SMB
Breakfast hall at SMB


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Zindagi Trust

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Faiq Ahmed
Karachi , Sindh Pakistan

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