Fundraising to eradicate malnutrition among children in Pune. Every support counts!

Comal - Combating Malnutrition, is an awareness oriented project by SNEH Foundation. It has been initiated to target the demography of urban slums. Urban slums - the places in the shadows, right next to the bright and affluent neighbourhoods, the places where the light of health awareness is dimly visible.

Undernutrition contributes to nearly half of all deaths in children under five and is widespread in Asia and Africa. India has one of the highest numbers of undernourished children in the world. - UNICEF

We at SNEH Foundation, have been relentlessly working in  the most marginalized slums to eradicate malnutrition since last 5  years. The funds raised via this campaign will be utilized to raise health awareness among the families of undernourished children and for medical intervention whenever needed. Comal will directly impact 300+ children and 1000+ families living in the urban slums of Kothrud, Pune. It will also ignite a chain which will impact even more families.

By supporting us you are supporting a cause which will  directly impact a life. A life with limitless possibilities. So please,  help us help them.

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16th August 2016
Dear Supporters,

I am Shruti Sunderraman, a Fellow with Milaap. I visited SNEH Foundation and met Sarang from the Foundation, his team and a few of the families they're helping with this campaign.

(L-R) Sarang with the social workers and teachers from the campaign, Mahananda Hange, Sandhya, Lakshmi Pawar and Gauri Sonawane.

Working in tandem with Aanganwadis (a free play school of sorts for underprivileged children) and its teachers, SNEH Foundation has created a food pyramid to educate families of malnourished children about the types of food to be included in their daily diet. “These food pyramids only use affordable, local food as components,” explains Gauri Sonawane, one of the teachers in charge of this project. “We also provided bal kopras, which are small containers, comprising a mix of healthy food items that kids can always eat when someone is not around to provide them food. Most times, children in these areas always depend on their parents for food throughout the day. Most parents here are manual labourers and don’t return from work until evening or night.These bal kopras help children not stay hungry when no one is around.”

So far, over 300 malnourished kids have been reached out to. There are three zones of measuring malnutrition - red (severely malnourished), yellow (moderately nourished) and green (healthy). 50 of the 300 children were in the red zone and the rest 250 in the yellow zone. The efforts made by teachers at Aanganwadi  and SNEH Foundation have resulted in 11 children moving from the red zone to the yellow zone while 35 children have moved to the green zone from yellow. The remaining 200 or so children who are constantly in danger of moving to the red zone, are being sustained in the yellow zone through continued efforts. 

Working in an environment where malnutrition is often ignored as a social issue can be challenging and taxing. But the determined 30-odd teachers and volunteers associated with SNEH Foundation are working on helping these underprivileged, malnourished children a healthier life and pushing them towards a brighter future. 

Two of the families whose children have benefitted from the campaign.

Sarang and the teachers have expressed their sincere gratitude for the words of encouragement and all the support rendered to them through this campaign.

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Rs.100,146
raised of Rs.100,000 goal

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Beneficiary: SNEH Foundation info_outline
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Supporters (65)

Vinay
Vinay donated Rs.1,500
Andrew
Andrew donated Rs.500
Monali
Monali donated Rs.1,000
A
akhil donated Rs.1,500
TK
Tejaswitha donated Rs.500
MS
Mandeep donated Rs.2,000

Thanks for the opportunity, Sneh Foundation