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A full plate of food filled with the goodness of nutrients is nourishing, gives one strength; both bodily and mental, keeps one active and free from diseases. One of the most important aspect for any kind of development is taking care of children, enabling them to grow up healthy. But the prevailing situation in India speaks otherwise, we have constantly failed to provide the most basic care to our children, providing healthy meals to them which results in stunted growth, malnourishment etc.
If we look closely we can find two kinds of hunger among children; one that arises out of poverty. In a situation such as this children don’ get to eat at all; often they can found lurking behind garbage bins hunting for food or begging in the streets to feed themselves. In this case children do not or cannot afford an education. They are either engaged in some sort of labor or simply loiter in the hunt for food. The other kind of hunger arises not out of the lack of food but out of the lack of proper nourishment, which can also be called hidden hunger. Hundreds of school going children suffer from hidden hunger. Parents provide whatever meal they can with the meager amounts they earn but it doesn’t fulfill the need of proper nourishment.
The project aims to expand choices for the girls to break the cycle of poor health and nutrition. Provisioning of hygienically prepared healthy dry snacks using local ingredients during the meetings with adolescent girls and monthly events for joyful learning for promoting regular consumption of nutritious food are some of the activities to be conducted.
This initiative is to enhance education with adequate nutrition. While it is necessary to have underprivileged children attend school, it is also just as important to have them eat regular meals in a day.Sadguru Foundation’s nation-wide campaign ‘Nutrition for Education’, aims at providing nutrition to underprivileged children to ensure better education and holistic development for them.
A one year pilot program on “Nutrition Enhancement” has been designed for implementation in villages of Maharashtra to reduce anemia and improve nutritional status among girls. The block has prevalence of anemia, malnutrition, discontinuation of schooling and lack of opportunities for girls. The project aims to expand choices for the girls to break the cycle of poor health and nutrition