Breakfast for KG school-children in Pakistan

by Zindagi Trust
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Students enjoying wheat porridge
Students enjoying wheat porridge

During the months of March, April and May, over 250 children studying in Kindergarten (KG) were served breakfast at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School. Over a 100 of these children had been newly admitted to KG 1 and saw the practice of school-provided meals at breakfast for the first time. We are pleased to report that their parents were overwhelmed by the program and expressed their utmost gratitude and happiness with the facility.

New additions to the summer menu included fruit chaat (a kind of local fruit salad), potato cutlets and French toast. To beat the scorching heat, a traditional lemon drink Limo-Pani was also served to students several times during the day. Apart from the changes for the summer, bread, jam, butter, cake, egg, biscuits, sandwiches and wheat porridge etc. remained a part of the rotating menu, along with the permanent feature of milk which was served daily with breakfast.

In April, the school conducted a series of Parents’ Orientation sessions for parents of children enrolled in all the grades. Parents of KG students spoke about the breakfast program and really appreciated it. At this point, the school management encouraged the parents to promote the habit of consuming healthy food at home. Parents were also instructed not to pack chips, biscuits or other packaged fast food items in their children's snack-boxes. They were informed of the menu of breakfast provided to children at school and asked to make an effort to send a home-cooked snack instead of giving their young children money to buy snacks from the school canteen, if they felt that additional snacks were necessary.

We thank you for your continued support and hope you will continue to make these nutritious school meals possible!

Fruit Chaat!
Fruit Chaat!
Children eating French toast in Kindergarten
Children eating French toast in Kindergarten

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As you know, your donations help feed breakfast over two hundred kindergarten students at a public school in a low income neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan. The standard breakfast menu at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School incudes milk, bread, butter or jam, and a bakery item such as biscuits or cake. In addition, a choice of chicken soup, wheat porridge, eggs or chicken sandwiches is provided depending on the season.

This quarter, we introduced three new items on our school breakfast menu: potato cutlets, vegetable salad and french toast. These are prepared fresh by our maids and teachers in the kindergarten kitchen. Our youngest students and their parents are loving the new addition, specially the potato cutlets which make for a hot, filling start to the day.

This nutrition support programme is making a difference by enabling students to focus their energies on their learning during the school day. We hope to continue receiving your support through donations!

Potato cutlets
Potato cutlets

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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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Zindagi Trust

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
Website: http:/​/​www.zindagitrust.org
Project Leader:
Abdul Haque
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Karachi, Sindh Pakistan

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