Meals for 1850 Young Students in Pakistan

by Fatima Memorial Hospital
Meals for 1850 Young Students in Pakistan

According to Pakistan Economic Survey 2017-2018, people living below the poverty line are 24.3% of the total population. These are the people who are unable to afford the basic necessities of life like food, clothing and shelter. Pakistan ranked 77th out of a total of 112 countries in the Global Food Security Index of 2018. Moreover, one of the most malnourished and poorest regions in the world, Tharparkar, is located in Pakistan’s province, Sindh. In Sindh, fifty percent of the children below five years of age are stunted and nineteen percent are severely malnourished. In addition to this, Pakistan ranked 106 out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) with a score of 32.6, second only to Afghanistan in the South East Asian Region.

The state of hunger in Pakistan is lucidly explained above. A large number of people in Pakistan sleep on an empty stomach every night. Hence, Fatima Memorial Hospital and NUR Foundation have taken the matter in their own hands and have started to supply food to poverty stricken students of NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP).

Everyday, around 1850 children are provided with meals so that they are able to live a healthy life and focus on their studies. However, there are many more children who are unable to afford three meals per day and in order for us to continue to serve the poverty stricken masses, we urge our esteemed donors to make more and more donations.

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa. Every drop counts, hence, donate as much as you possibly can.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Pakistan ranked 77th out of a total of 112 countries in the Global Food Security Index of 2018. Pakistan has the second highest hunger score (32.6) in all of Asia after Afghanistan. Moreover, one of the most malnourished and poorest regions in the world, Tharparkar, is located in Pakistan’s province, Sindh. In Sindh, fifty percent of the children below five years of age are stunted and nineteen percent are severely malnourished. In addition to this, Pakistan ranked 106 out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) with a score of 32.6, second only to Afghanistan in the South East Asian Region. And last but not the least, 39% of Pakistan’s population is living in multidimensional poverty (Pakistan Economic Survey 2017-2018).

The above statistics clearly explain the state of poverty and hunger in Pakistan. There are thousands of people who sleep with an empty stomach every night. Therefore, Fatima Memorial Hospital and NUR Foundation have taken the matter in their own hands and have started supplying food to NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP) schools’ students. The students of  NCOP belong to underprivileged backgrounds and they are unable to afford three meals per day.

We provide meals to more than 1850 students every day so that they can focus on their studies and live a healthy life. It was all because of the generous donations of our esteemed donors that we are able to carry out this task.  In order for us to continue serving the poverty stricken masses, we urge you to join hands with us and make as many donations as possible.


Thank you for your continued support!

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Food is the basic necessity of our life through which we get nutrients and basic body needs for the healthy life. There are people living in this world from different economic strata and have various lifestyles to spend their life. There is also another class which is living below the poverty line and is so poor that they can’t even get food for sustenance and spend their life by eating wasted food or by picking it from the garbage. The irony is that everyday, loads of food is wasted and people do not realize the fact that the leftovers can help so many deserving families. 

The percentage of people living below poverty line has declined from 50.4% in 2005-06 to 24.3% in 2015-16, according to Pakistan Economic Survey 2017-18. There are millions of people living in Pakistan who are living below the poverty line and living a very miserable life. This ratio in cities is low as compared to rural areas where the life is very tough as the education rate is very low. People earn mere amount of money in order to run their household needs. It is impossible for them to send their children to school as well as to give them food for three times. This is an alarming situation in Pakistan which is an Islamic country and we as a nation are ignoring this class. There is on saying of Prophet on hunger that ''If a dog dies hungry on the banks of the River Euphrates, Umar will be responsible for dereliction of duty.'' (Umar Ibn al Khattab) We are living in a same society and Pakistan is facing very severe economic crises where it is becoming very difficult for one to fulfill the basic needs.

In this scenario Fatima Memorial Hospital and NUR Foundation has taken step in providing food to its NUR Community Outreach Schools students. NUR Foundation is giving these poor students free education as well as food for sustenance. We took a smaller step towards the betterment of society and we are doing it since 1985. These students from underprivileged areas are from very poor families and their parents can’t even give them food for three times. They are sending their children in schools for education because we have developed a hope in them that educating your children brings a splendid change in your life. We are providing meals to more than 1850 students on daily basis so that they can focus well on their studies and live a healthy life.

With your generous support, we made it possible to arrange meals for 1850 students and we want to continue serving the underprivileged. These children need our support and they are the future of this country. Providing them with basic food and education should be our primary goal and that is what our organization has been doing with your support.

We urge you to help us with maximum contributions and support which is needed to support the deprived children and communities. 

Thank you for your continued support.

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Pakistan is a third world country where millions of people, every day, go to bed without having a meal. We are a nuclear power; we have a very rich land; there is an abundance of water; climate and weather are agriculture-friendly; and the industrial sector is on the boom. Despite that, we hear about incidences where a mother sells her children because of hunger, and of children perishing because of nutrient insufficiency.

About 62 percent of the country’s population resides in rural areas, and is directly or indirectly associated with agriculture. In spite of being productive in the farming sector, there is a food insecurity. There are children dying in the laps of their mothers because of starvation.

In such situation, Fatima Memorial Hospital in collaboration with NUR foundation is working towards providing meals to these children. Coming from impoverished backgrounds, a proper meal on the table is sometimes just not possible. Along with basic education, these children also require proper food to remain healthy.

 

Most of these children never even thought of having such meals in their lives but with your generous support, we made it possible and we want to continue serving the underprivileged. These children need our support and they are the future of this country. Providing them with basic food and education should be our primary goal and that is what our organization has been doing with your support.

 

We urge you to help us with maximum contributions and support which is needed to support the deprived children and communities.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

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An irony for the poor people of Pakistan is that they are never asked about their wellbeing and miserable conditions.

Main problems faced by children in Pakistan

Poverty: 24% of the Pakistani population lives below the poverty line. This problem mainly affects rural areas. The state of the global markets is exacerbating an already very difficult economic reality. The first victims of poverty are children, the weakest and most vulnerable, who see a complete deprivation of their rights: lack of education, poor access to health services, discrimination, etc.

Right to Health: In Pakistan, close to one child in six dies before the age of five. The nutritional status of children is very poor: 35% of them are underweight; more than 50% suffer from stunted growth, and around 9% from emaciation. Each day, around 1,100 Pakistani children under five years old die from diarrhea and illnesses related to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Access to care is a challenge in rural areas where many families simply cannot afford basic healthcare. Furthermore, recurring natural disasters have a strong impact on the health of people as well as infrastructures.

Child Labor: The socio-economic situation of the country is disastrous and forces families to make their children work. There are around 11 million children performing domestic tasks and working in agriculture. Other children work in the textile industry (specifically, making carpets), construction, or even the automotive industry. Children in carpet factories sometimes work up to 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Very often, sleeping, eating, and working are all done in the same place. This puts a considerable strain on their health; they work in very cramped conditions and in places detrimental to their health. It is not common for them to suffer from respiratory problems, vision problems, or even deformations of the spinal column.

Based on the above facts, our underprivileged children require basic food requirements in order to remain healthy. We at NUR Community Outreach Program which was launched in 1995 have had more than 25 batches graduating and currently more than 2,200 children are studying in these schools. Coming from impoverished backgrounds, a proper meal on the table is sometimes just not possible. Along with basic education, these children also require proper food to remain healthy.  

Most of these children never even thought of having such meals in their lives but with your generous support, we made it possible and we want to continue serving the underprivileged. These children need our support and they are the future of this country. Providing them with basic food and education should be our primary goal and that is what our organization has been doing with your support.

All our efforts are not possible without your donations and support and that is why we request you to continue donating to us so that we can support these children and feed as many as we can.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Location: Lahore, Punjab - Pakistan
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