The Joy of a Good Hot Meal!
Winter has come to the Villages of Bihar. The nights can be bitterly cold for those without proper shelter or warm clothing. Followers of People First on Global Giving will have noticed the successful appeal for Blankets and and warm clothing for the poor, (the winter warmth appeal) which was recently completed, and it still enables the Trust to distribute these life saving items.
But of course a hot healthy meal can play a great part in equipping the poor, (especially children) against the cold, It can strengthen their immune system, ward off illnesses and of course malnutrition, and in conjunction with other interventions by our health team and community workers can really help the poor and their families promote and maintain their well being,
Recently the price of basic food items due to the poor monsoon has reached levels beyond the affordability of the poor.
The price of Onions has risen to 30 Indian rupees per pound, ( about 75 cents), but these are people who may earn only a dollar a day. Other vegetables have also increased substantially. The importance of this programme has therefore taking on an even more important role.
You may think what difference one or two healthy meals a week can make to children's health. I can tell you as Health Project Manager it can make a huge difference. These children are undernourished and underfed and underweight. We have seen a marked and huge improvement in their general health since we have been providing these meals.
I would like to thank all of you for your generous support and would like to send my personal greetings to you at this festive time.
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May you have a great new year!
And Thanks Again,
Sangeeta and the Community Health Team, People First