Project #4973

Give Poor Children from Bihar a chance for Health

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
Oct 7, 2010

Hunger under the Cloudless Skies

Supporters of People First will be aware of the incredible division between North and South Bihar, between Floods which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and a severe drought which has meant it has been impossible for farmers to plant rice, they have in desperation turned to other crops but with no sure chance of success. Global Giving supporters will also be aware of the sad case of the three orphaned girls (see our latest update on our rescue junction page) whose father was so poor he gave what little food they had to his children and maybe died of starvation, although the government deny this.

What is plain is our health team are seeing increasing malnutrition and hunger due to the failed monsoon amongst children in the villages. This report is from the Hindusthan Times Newspaper.

Bihar Govt in denial over starvation deaths

The Bihar government is unaware of any starvation death in the state. Though Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had recently directed all district magistrates of 38 districts of the state to keep a tab on any case of starvation, it has not received information of even one instance. 

However, the Advisor to the Commissioner of Supreme Court, to monitor the implementation of food-related schemes of the Bihar government, has said in a report there have been 100 starvation deaths in the last three years in the state - based on media reports.

The report was submitted to the Commissioner of the Supreme Court N.C. Saxena on October 16. 

The report, which points to gaping holes in implementation of different schemes, assumes significance as 26 out of 38 districts in Bihar had been declared drought affected.

The state's Minister for Food and Consumer Protection Narendra Singh expressed surprised. "We are not aware of this figure. How can you prove that the deaths were caused by starvation? They might have died due to some disease," he said. 

The situation is serious. Remember a good meal can do much to help and is part of an overall health care programme. It is not given in Isolation.

The photographs show the state of the river outside my house which should be in full flow at this time of year and pictures from the feeding programme. the liitle water in it is only one inch deep.

Global Giving is matching funds on October 12th, up to $500 30%, up to $1000 40% and $1000 to $ 2,500, 50% so this would be a great time to give. And what is the cost of one meal?

One Dollar. Please give up just one lunch this week and donate!

We thank you so much for your support,

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    Organization Information

    People First Educational Charitable Trust

    Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
    Website: http:/​/​
    Project Leader:
    Nick Hansen
    Project Liason Officer
    Bodhgaya, Gaya, Bihar India

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