Meals for 1850 Young Students in Pakistan

by Fatima Memorial Hospital
Meals for 1850 Young Students in Pakistan

Ramadan passed recently; the annual month of fasting where muslim refrain from eating from sunrise to sunset It’s the month of bounties and blessings bestowed on all Muslims by ALLAH Almighty. This holy month is a month of reflection to look within on the bounties that have been bestowed upon them and to understand the lives and the tribulations of those less fortunate.

According to the Holy Quran “Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)...” (Q 2:183)

It’s the month of kindness, forgiveness and taking careof the needs of the poor.  Every year Muslims fast and spend money on the poor as charity, provide meals and help them in whatever way they can as this is what this month entails that is to help those who need it the most and becoming aware of the problems that surroundso many around us.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has a tradition to provide food at the time of sehri and Iftari (i.e. from sunrise to sunset) to patients and their families who are being treated free of cost at the hospital. The institution tries to ensure that no needy individual goes hungry in this holy month however with rising costs sometimes it gets difficult to cater to everyone and we need your support to continue with our tradition. 

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Hello! My name is Eman; I am twelve years old and I am in grade 7th. I have been studying at NUR Foundation School since 2009. I like to come to school and I like English, Math and Islamic studies very much.

I want to be a doctor in the future.

 The best part is NUR Foundation School is really near our homes . The school provides free education, uniform and books; the weekly lunch is so much fun as we get to all sit together and enjoy ourselves.

NUR Foundation Schools are striving to provide its 1850 students healthy meals and will like to make provide them on a daily basis but due to financial constraints it is very difficult to provide meal on daily basis.  To reach this goal we need your generous support so that we all can continue to see their happy faces.

Please donate and change their lives. 

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Students enjoying Mutton Biryani at the schools
Students enjoying Mutton Biryani at the schools

Proper diet is essential for a healthier life; there are many families living in this country that cannot provide proper food to their children or to themselves.

Countless children across Pakistan are affected by different diseases due to poor nutrition or non availability of food every year. Childhood is an age when every part of the body needs to be nourished for a better tomorrow both mentally and physically.

However, lack of nutrition and poor diet can cause low IQ, stunted growth and mental disorders.

The World Health Organization through the Millennium Development Goal 4 has recognized that improved nutrition is crucial in reducing the under-5-years mortality, especially in the developing countries.In Pakistan, 33.03% (CI= 27.96-38.54) of children under the age of 5 are underweight, 53.38% of the children are stunted and wasting has been reported in 11.52% of the children,which clearly shows that the nutritional status in this country is poor. (Journal of Pakistan Medical Association)

NUR Foundation and Fatima Memorial Hospital started providing food to all 1850 students studying in NUR Foundation Schools. These children are from underprivileged areas and their families can’t even provide them one meal a day due to financial constraints.

NUR Food bank wants to provide the food to all its children on daily basis. But due to financial constraints and poor economic conditions it is very difficult for us to manage all this on daily basis. We need your support to continue to provide healthy food to all children on daily basis. 

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Lunch being served at the Malikpur NUR Foundation
Lunch being served at the Malikpur NUR Foundation

The early year of childhood is the time when growth is dependent on proper nutrition which is essential for a solid foundation of a healthy life. Children having poor diets due to lack of food or inadequate intake of nutrients are prone to short term and long term health diseases  and arestrongly affected mentally, physically and academically.

 According to President and chief executive officer (CEO) of Save the Children Carolyn Miles in Pakistan, 35 per cent of deaths of children under-five can be attributed to malnutrition in the country.

NUR Foundation and Fatima Memorial Hospital have initiated its school meal program which provides weekly lunches to all of the children currently studying at NUR Foundation School. Given the financial backgrounds these kids come from having a full meal each day is becoming difficult with each passing day because of the dire financial constraints the families face.  ,

NUR Foundation Schools are striving to provide its 1850 students healthy meals and will like to make provide them on a daily basis but due to financial constraints it is very difficult to provide meal on daily basis.  To reach this goal we need your generous support so that we all can continue to see their happy faces. 

 

Please donate and change their lives.

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Lunch time at one of the schools
Lunch time at one of the schools

As quoted by Joseph Addison

“Every year, 800,000 children die in Pakistan and 35 per cent of these occur due to malnutrition. The risk of death is nine times higher for a child suffering from malnutrition compared to a child with a balanced diet (Islamabad, 22 August 2013)”.

Nutrition is crucial to both individuals and national development as the facts state that good nutrition is the primary driver of a wide range of development goals. According to a report the nutrition status of children in Pakistan is extremely alarming, especially for children under five years of age. At a national level almost 40% of the children are declared to be underweight which actually is the point where we need to take a stand on the issue.

The children in the UR Foundation Schools belongs to the class who are at their bread lines so to help them in the continuation of their education the hospital ensures that these children get all the basic facilities to get educated i.e. uniform, books, stationary. However, it is pertinent that a healthy body keeps the healthy mind, though we are working towards providing them an education but it that is not enough anymore.  

NUR Foundation is aimed towards providing them with  a better life and to achieve this goal we initiated the program to provide these children with healthy meals but due to financial constraints we serve them lunch on a weekly basis. We are eager to sustain this program and we are hopeful to provide them school meals on daily basis. To achieve this goal we need your support so make your generous donations today so we all can continue seeing them smile.

Please donate and change their lives

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