Hi, I am Amelendhu Vimalkumar. I am from Kerala. I chose the cause ' For Food and Hunger (Fighting against the malnutrition)' as part of my internship program because of the following facts regarding child malnutrition in India ;
India loses up to 4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) and 8% of its productivity due to child malnutrition. It is a chronic problem and a long standing challenge for public administration of India. India's child malnutrition rates are still one of the most alarming in the world. In the Global Hunger Index (2020) India is at the 94th spot among 107 countries mainly due to the undernourishment of the population, child stunting, wasting and child mortality.
The bane of child and maternal malnutrition is responsible for 15% of India’s total disease burden. Malnutrition causes major health issues to the body of an individual, especially children like stunted growth, eye problems, diabetes and heart diseases, etc. The 4th round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) conducted in 2015-2016, found that the prevalence of underweight, stunted and wasted children under five was at 35.7, 38.4, 21.0 percent.
Child malnutrition in India is often attributed to poverty, inequality and food shortage. Researches suggests that $1 spent on nutritional interventions in India could generate $37.1 to $38.6 in public economic returns- three times more than the global average.
So, although we cannot eradicate malnutrition by one night, we can make a great change with a small gesture. More than thousands of families in Delhi have no source of income due to Covid-19. They are finding difficulties to feed their families. We have decided to help them with monthly ration, cooked food and sanitary products.
Support basic necessities of 1 family – Rs.2199/-
Support basic necessities of 10 families- Rs.21990/-
Support basic necessities of 35 families- Rs.76965/-
Ration to 1 family includes:-
( Three types of Pulses, Rice, Atta, Eggs, Tea, Sanitary pads, Soap, Shampoo, Cloth and Utensils washing powder.)
Every time when we sit before food we should remember that around 690 million people around the world are going to bed on an empty stomach. Your one right decision can make a difference between life and death.