Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India

by Navasrushti International Trust - Dharma Bharathi Mission
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Help Us Feed Malnourished Children in India
Distribution of Ration kits in Slums
Distribution of Ration kits in Slums

From March 2020, most of the schools were closed as the country went into a lockdown. These children supported by us, come from very vulnerable sections and even in normal times they were undernoursihed and not getting proper meals as thier parents are  very poor. 

Now thier parents lost thier jobs and earnings and so the food situation become very critical. So intsead of just feeding the children, we decided to support entire such families. We raised money and supplied Ration Kits consisting of Rice, flour, Oil, Lentils, salt, spices and other needy stuff so that it would suffice for a family of 4 for atleast 15 days. 

The lockdwn was however extended to more than two months, so we had to do this 4 times. The condition of many familes was very critical and they needed more support. we tried to do our best and eveb supplied, things like Masks, Sanitaizers and even sanitary Pads as they could not afford these things.

In all with the support of our benevolent donors we were able to support a record 6040 families and the drive is still continuing. This translates to almost 1million meals ! 

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Story of a school supported by NIT (DBM) - MaharashtraVidyalaya-Mankhurd, Mumbai

 

This school Midday meal project is supported by NIT (DBM).

The school is very thankful to DBM for their kind support as this has helped their school in many ways.

Not only has the attention span and health of the present students increased but also more students are seeking admission in the school. With the help of the Midday meal project coordinator Mr. Gopal the students are eagerly learning about healthy food and good food habits as well as hygiene.

Mr. and Mrs. Shirke the founders of the school, both had been taking tuition classes in the past. While doing so, they realized that they should start a School in this area. The school started in 2000.

After the school started, they faced many problems. The first problem was that there was not enough space. Somehow they arranged the space. But they had to work hard for the most basic infrastructure. Every day is difficult. But they feel proud when the children are active and studying well.

Principal’s Opinion: - Mrs. Sangita Shirke

Before starting School we had taken classes. I had a lot of problems, when we started School. Getting the children from the slums to attend school was a big problem. We were very glad when Dharma Bharathi Mission joined us. DBM had started initially by providing meal for Students. The food given is very healthy and tasty. Also different food is provided everyday and children look forward to this. Also the food is of good quality and is provided everyday on time.

This was a big attraction for parents to send children to school. DBM has been a big encouragement to all of us who are working hard to educate the children of the slums. After that, we are thankful that we requested DBM to provide us Drinking water and Toilet facility in the School. Many academic hours were wasted when students wanted to go to the toilet. And teachers also had to go with them. There was no proper place for Drinking water. The water was kept in a simple stainless steel small tank. It was very difficult for the students to get water. Also here was no hand washing system. This caused us a lot of problems. Teachers also had to go to the public toilet or any nearest students/ Friends home.

Since Dharma Bharathi Mission came along with us, they give us a lot of help. First they provided the Children Mid Day Meal. Then they provided drinking water and toilet. Then all the students and teachers were very happy. Now teachers have been using toilet too. This helped to save a lot of academic time. The frequency of students getting sick decreased due to the availability of warm and nutritious food and safe and clean drinking water facility. As they get food in School, the number of students coming to school increased.  

Teacher’s Opinion:- Mr. Udhav Shirke:-

When school started, it had to face a lot of problems. Most of the children came to school without eating and also they did not bring lunch .Their health was very poor. Often they were ill due to malnutrition. But with the midday meal provided by DBM, from that day our educational path became smooth. Student’s attendance increased in the School.

Teacher’s Opinion- Santoshi Madam:-

 When there was no Drinking water and Toilet facility all students and teachers often had been facing difficult situations in the school. Many times one or the other student needed to go urgently to the toilet. There was a public toilet nearby but one teacher had to go with student to the nearest public toilet. There was a toilet fee of two rupees. Going with student, teacher’s valuable time was spent. But when DBM built toilets and provided drinking water facility life became  very easy to  for all students also all teachers. 

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The Mid Day Meal Program for the school year 2019-20 has been started sucessfully in August when the schools reopened.
Its the start of the new academic year and we have resumed our work in these schools.
We had conducted the follwing activities in the last one month
- Started serving mid day meals in 9 schools in total
- Conducted baseline medical health checkup for children
Plan for the upcoming 3 months
- Conducting sessions with students teaching them how to stay healthy and not eat wrong foods and being hygienic
- Conducting sessions with parents to share information about health and child nutrition to ensure students get better food at home.
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The Mid Day Meal Program has started across 9 schools this year after we expanded our reach to one more school with the help of your generous donations and support.

Its the start of the new academic year and we have resumed our work in these schools.
We had conducted the follwing activities in the last one month
- Started serving mid day meals in 9 schools in total
- Conducted baseline medical health checkup for children
Plan for the upcoming 3 months
- Conducting sessions with students teaching them how to stay healthy and not eat wrong foods and being hygienic
- Conducting sessions with parents to share information about health and child nutrition to ensure students get better food at home.
 

 

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The Mid Day Meal Program closed with 2443 students across 8 schools getting their meals for the whole year.

Recently we started our expansion effort to start and find new schools in the vicinity that could use our services. We should be able to take our program to a 5 new schools next year.
We are currently undertaking the health impact assessment for last year and working on the data analysis. We shall present it soon
In other updates

- All 2443 students where provided meals every day over the last few months

- New batches will be planned for the new 5 school and food distributions will start in July.

 

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Navasrushti International Trust - Dharma Bharathi Mission

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @DBMission
Project Leader:
P S Budhraja
Ernakulum District, India

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