Breakfast for KG school-children in Pakistan

by Zindagi Trust
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students in the breakfast room
students in the breakfast room

Breakfast time has long been an attraction for the toddlers at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School. It not only gives them nourishing food but also an opportunity to socialize and organically learn to be disciplined by coming to breakfast rooms from their classes and lining up for breakfast.

Thanks to your generous donations, our students have become more regular at school, more attentive and more active physically and mentally. This is in contrast to the days before the daily breakfast program was introduced and complaints of children fainting in the morning assembly or remaining blunt and dull during school hours. The students are visibly more energetic and lively and their daily average attendance now stands at above 98%.

On an average day, the students drink milk with Horlicks (an energy booster), bread and butter, instant noodles, boiled eggs or potatoes, biscuits,etc. During the winter we added chicken corn soup, fruit salad and raw vegetables like carrots and peas which they ate very fondly. The students also report that they have managed to convince their parents to prepare breakfast for them on Sundays, when school is off - for most of them, breakfast was not a regular practice at home before this.

Eating breakfast is an essential part of healthy living and thanks to GlobalGiving, our students have learnt at school which they will hopefully carry forward to their families and communities in the future.

kindergarten students having breakfast
kindergarten students having breakfast
Students wait their turn at Breakfast
Students wait their turn at Breakfast

The breakfast programme for Kindergarten students has been helping children keep healthy, active and attentive to their studies. Most of the children at our school cannot afford to have breakfast at home.

The standard menu included milk with an energy drink (Horlicks), different fresh fruits, bread with butter and jam, boiled eggs, instant noodles, biscuits or muffins. For the winter, some special items have been added to the menu, such as:

* chicken and vegetable soup

* mashed potatoes

* fresh seasonal vegetables, such as carrots 

The kids are served milk every day, which they enjoy the most, while the rest of the menu items are rotated. With the continuous support of donors like yourself, the breakfast program gives our students increased energy to resist different diseases and their visits to the school nurse have also reduced to a great extent. The program has also helped teach them table manners and discipline.

Thank you to Global Giving and all Donors worldwide - you have made school an adorable place for our kids!

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Teachers preparing and serving breakfast
Teachers preparing and serving breakfast

This month we bring you an update from our new Project Manager at the school, Shahnaz:

It is a real delight for Kindergarten students to have daily breakfast at SMB Fatima Jinnah School. The kids are served milk with Horlicks every day along with other nutritious items like apple, banana or melon, bread slice with jam and butter, instant noodles, biscuits, cakes and boiled eggs. They're enjoying a different menu almost every day of the week.

For the upcoming winter season, we are planning to introduce mashed potatoes, chicken and vegetable soup, fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, more frequent servings of boiled eggs, etc. as an addition to the current menu.

Most of these Kindergarten students come from a locality where the concept of a proper breakfast is not a practical one for the parents because of the low income of families and because of day by day increasing rates of food items. With the School Breakfast Programme, these kids feel satisfied, fed, energized and taken care of, which has boosted their morale and confidence level in addition to their mental ability to grasp things.

Adding the Horlicks energy drink to the Breakfast menu has worked wonders and has attracted children to school like never before. It is reported that attendance of KG students is always at the best level as compared to other classes. Thanks to GlobalGiving and all the donors worldwide who make this program possible - you have made school an adorable place for our kids. We look forward to your continued support and hope you enjoy the videos and pictures of our students and teachers from the Breakfast Room!

Instant noodles and milk for breakfast!
Instant noodles and milk for breakfast!

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Children get a taste of an energy boosting drink
Children get a taste of an energy boosting drink

We have introduced Horlicks, a health food drink for children, to the students of Kindergarten as part of their breakfast at SMB Fatima Jinnah School, thanks to a generous donation.

The students have been enjoying the drink, specially after playing sports in the sweltering heat. A big thank you to GSK from the staff and students at SMB Fatima Jinnah School as well as from everyone at Zindagi Trust.

Check out a video of the adorable tots lining up to get their breakfast here and talking about what they eat for breakfast at school every day here. We look forward to your continued support to keep recharging the kids for school every day!

Haji Bibi, school nurse
Haji Bibi, school nurse

Our school nurse, Haji Bibi, was asked to to give her observation about the change in student after the breakfast programme was started.  She reported that the programme has had a very positive impact on the health of our students –the number of students reporting to the nurse with complaints of vomiting, dizziness, weakness and headache has dropped due to the nutrition support provided by the breakfast programme.

Here is more in Haji Bibi's own words:


“My name is Haji Bibi and I have been working as the school health room nurse for two years, taking care of all the ill students sent our way.

 

Our school provides many important facilities to the students, one of which is the breakfast given to kindergarten students. The children are given a varying menu of milk, bread, butter, eggs, butter and fruits every day. This aids the physical development of the a child and makes her healthy and strong.

 

Most of the children attending our school come from families which are not able to provide milk to them at home. This makes the children weak and saps them of their natural energy. Milk is essential for growing children and our breakfast programme ensures that our students drink milk, along with other edibles, every day. This gives them the fuel that they need to take on the challenges of a day at school so that they take interest in every lesson and participate actively in every class activity.

 

The biggest improvement that the Breakfast Programme has brought about is that our students have been saved from many diseases and illnesses such as physical weakness, getting dizzy, vomiting, etc. which would disturb their studies. Illnesses set a child back in every way, so I am hopeful that this programme will continue for our school’s students and every student from our school will be seen as a healthy young child, eager to learn in class and in the playground.”

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Zindagi Trust

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

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