Vidyaprasad

Hunger is a physiological need sated by food. Unfortunately for many and especially children in countries like India, is not a choice but a norm. Over one-third of malnourished children in the world are in India. Half of this numbers are underweight children below the age of three. According to the World Bank, India ranks high in the world for its population of malnourished children. Of the 118 countries with a serious hunger situation, India ranks at the 97th place as per the Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report of 2017. Considering the South-Asian nations it ranks third right behind Afghanistan and Pakistan with a GHI of 29.0 which is an intimidating number.

 

Economic inequality is believed to be one of the major causes of malnutrition in our country. The dietary options for the underserved and underprivileged individuals is lacking in both quality and quantity and this affects the health of poverty-stricken women who in turn are very less likely to give birth to healthy infants. Thus, inflicting long-term damage to the child who might grow up to be a physically-disabled individual suffering from loco-motor disability, vision, speech or hearing impairment.

 

(Census 2011*) 44% of children under the age of 5 are underweight. 72% of infants and 52% of married women have Anemia.

 

Malnutrition during pregnancy causes the child to have increased risk of future diseases, physical retardation, and reduced cognitive abilities. In fact, children suffering from malnutrition are more prone to diseases like tuberculosis and pneumonia. Hunger and malnutrition is a common occurrence among the children of low income parents or those under the line of poverty. These parents cannot afford a meal and for such families educating their children is a far off or rather impossible dream. To tackle problems like hunger and malnutrition in children while providing quality education to them enabling a better chance of livelihood, nonprofit organizations like Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled in association with the Govt of Karnataka initiated mid-day meal programmes like the ‘Vidyaprasad.’ The aim of the initiative is to provide healthy nutritious food to students from Government schools in and around Bengaluru.

 

The objectives of the programme:

 

  1. Eradication of malnutrition related disabilities
  2. Encouraging the students to pursue continuous education.

The ‘Vidyaprasad’ scheme involves preparing of nutritious food in a centralized -automated kitchen. After which it is supplied to all the public schools, six-days a week, through customized vehicles. More than 7,000 school going children are fed everyday under this scheme.

 

Sponsorships are invited to sustain the program and scale up to cover more number of schools.

 

For more details or to donate

 

Contact Mr Krishnaiah T.M. at +91 80 26480589/ + 91 94498 64776 or write to highschool@samarthanam.org

 

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