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.
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!
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.
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!
"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper."
The above quote tells us the importance of breakfast, but to a large population of school-going kids from poor areas like Lyari, Old Golimar and Garden West, this may mean nothing as they live below the poverty line and most of them come to school without having breakfast.
The toddlers of Kindergarten I and Kindergarten II of SMB Fatimah Jinnah School, thanks to your generous donations, are given regular breakfast in the morning. This includes biscuits, bread, jam, butter, chicken spread, fruit salad, fresh fruits like apples, bananas and melon, chicken corn soup in winter, instant noodles, occasional sweets, etc. Milk is always part of the daily breakfast. The school's kindergarten staff serves them with utmost dedication feels extremely fulfilled watching kids happily having breakfast.
During this past quarter, the school was off for the month of July and breakfast was served to 230 children during the months of August and September. The introduction of breakfast at the start of the day has enhanced the physical and mental energies of our students. The records show less absenteeism of toddlers since the programme was started. They love to have breakfast at school with friends and are in turn helping their parents to have breakfast culture at home by demanding breakfast on school holidays. The health room of school data also confirms that the number of sick children from KG brought to health room has decreased.
Thank you for support in making the breakfast programme a success.
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