While running the Under The Tree, Meetali realized that most of the children are rather slow in learning.
Being a Nutritionist by education, Meetali realized that the root cause of this problem is acute malnutrition among children. Most of these do not get enough food and are chronically malnourished. Also, lack of nutritious food has wasted a lot of children. The parents of most of the children suffer from the same malnourishment.
Government efforts like Mid-Day Meal scheme have shown remarkable results but remain inadequate, she continues. “As the problem of malnourishment was noticed in the children at Under The Tree, I realized that providing nutritious food has to be part of the projects like this. The children need food, rich in nutrition, on a regular basis."
Meetali decided to addressed the problem directly. “The local support has encouraged me to take up further challenges and set up a dedicated kitchen for serving food of high nutritional value for 500 vulnerable children and some of their most needy parents daily in order to improve their nutrition profile”, explains Meetali elaborating her plan.
The kitchen will provide hygienic and nutritious breakfast and lunch, five days in a week.
To meet the regular expenses of running and maintenance of the kitchen, that can provide nutritive food to over 500 vulnerable children, funds are required.
“The problem runs deep”, says Meetali. “India is home to one-third of children suffering from malnourishment and stunted growth. If we want to ensure a hunger-free healthy India, a little effort from all of us is needed”, she observes while seeking support for the kitchen for these children.
Over 500 children in NOIDA will get nutritious food annually apart from basic education. Initially, the impact would be limited but sustainable efforts will make greater impacts.
The informal school Under The Tree also reaches out to children who do not get basic education due to their socio-economic constraints. The project has been run on self-funding and community support primarily. Need-based local support in terms of occasional food distribution has also come but not regularly.
The children are vulnerable to chronic diseases and often cannot afford medical expenses. Preventive measures like getting nutritional food require external funding to keep it going. The dedicated kitchen for these children requires the following:
- Provisions for breakfast and one meal daily five times a week
- Adequate fuel supply like cooking Gas
- One regular cook
- One regular helper
- Packaging material
- Cleansing and maintenance
Funding is sought for setting up a kitchen for 5000 vulnerable children across NOIDA, India.
WHAT YOU GET
After donation, you will be getting regular progress reports of the students and personal "Thank You" cards from students. You will get invites to watch these children perform on special occasions.