Thank you for your gift to feed hungry school children in India. Your gift provides a starving child living in poverty with a healthy meal. You are ensuring that 200 school children receive a nutritious mid-day meal at school every day.
Food makes such a huge difference for children who come from poor families. It allows them to concentrate and focus better in class. When they are hungry, it's very challenging because they lack the energy to engage in class. Often times parents are unable to feed their kids or send them to school. Instead of going to class, children sometimes work in the fields so they can earn money to have something to eat.
According to UNICEF, one-third of the world's malnourished children lives in India. The Naandi Foundation concluded that "around 46 percent of all children below the age of three are too small for their age, 47 percent are underweight and at least 16 percent are acutely malnourished, or wasted."
But your gift is bringing much needed health and nourishment to children like Sirisha.
Sirisha is a very bright and intelligent student. She never missed a day in class until all of sudden she stopped coming. Her teacher was concerned and asked her classmates if they knew why Sirisha was always absent. Eventually, Sirisha came back to school to let her teacher know that she can no longer come back because her father is forcing her to beg for food. He didn't want her going back to school.
One day, her teacher and other school staff went to Sirisha's home and reasoned with her father. At school, she would be geting a free school lunch and she'll also get a chance to learn and gain a valuable education. After some encouragement, Sirisha's father let her go back to school. She was so excited.
She is getting free lunch at school and is no longer forced to beg for food. But most importantly, Sirisha is going to class every day and getting a life-changing education that will help her to succeed.
Thank you for your support and feeding children like Sirisha.
Mother's Day is coming up. In honor of that special mom in your life, give a gift that can have a life-changing impact for a child in India.