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Help Vulnerable Children of Migrant Workers Get Food & Nutrition

Meetali, a graduate in Home Science from Jabalpur and a B. Ed, has worked in the field of education since 1991. She started her career with schools and finally became an education activist devoting her time for Under The Tree to uplift the marginalized sections of society. For the past five years she has been working for children of migrant construction workers in NOIDA, India.
While running the Under The Tree, Meetali realized that most of the children are rather slow in learning.

Being a Nutritionist as well by education, Meetali realized that the root cause of this problem is stunted growth of the 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.
Under The Tree is an initiative that helps the children of migrant worker get a basic education in the most unconventional way. The learning path is decided in view of individual requirements.
 
Over 300 children have been given basic education under the project so far.
 
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. We started giving good food occasionally with local community support. In the journey of the last three years we have ensured that the children get some nutritious food 5-6 times a month, says Meetali.
However, this is not enough. The children need food, rich in nutrition, on a regular basis.

So, Meetali decided to addressed the problem directly. “I persuaded a few local families to open their home kitchens to cook food with high nutritional value for these children as well.
“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 5000 vulnerable children and some of their most needy parents five times a week”, explains Meetali elaborating her plan.
The kitchen will provide hygienic and nutritious food once a day, five times a week. Ingredients will be collected with local community support.
To meet the regular expenses of running and maintenance of the kitchen, that can provide nutritive food to over 5000 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.

OUTCOME
Over 5000 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.

FUNDING
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.

REQUIREMENTS
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:
  1. At least one meal daily five times a week
  2. Adequate fuel supply like cooking Gas
  3. Utensils
  4. One regular cook
  5. One regular helper
  6. Packaging material
  7. Ingredients
  8. Cleansing and maintenance
FUNDING REQUIREMENT
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.
Meetali's Cerificate in Food & Nutrition
Meetali's Cerificate in Food & Nutrition
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12th November 2019
Wow! A 400% growth on month on month basis. When we completed our first month of UTT Food and Nutrition Program, we were able to reach only 900 food packets.
Now we have completed the second month with distributing more than 4000 food packets.
This remarkable progress is also qualitative.
Apart from Khichdi, curd and fruits, we have been successful in introducing some food recipes with high nutritive value:
1. Raagi idli with thick sambhar and pure coconut chutney
2. Black Urad (not washed) Idli with sambhar and raw banana fry
3. Rajma with Raagi Poori
4. High quality fibrous wheat flour poori with chole
5. Special kadhi
6. Payas( Bengali style kheer)
7. Black Urad( not washed) poori with Aloo sabzi
With your tremendous support and encouragement to the program, now we are going ahead to launch a dedicated kitchen  aptly named Sehat Kitchen for all who require good nutritive food.Sehat Kitchen will not only provide free nutritive food to the needy but will also make people aware about serious issues of nutrition in our meals.We also plan to extend the kitchen support to anyone who needs help in shifting to healthy and nutritive meal plan as most of us neglect this important aspect of our daily food intake leading to multiple health issues early on in our lives.
We thank all our contributors for encouragement and continuous support to the program.
We request you to share the fundraising campaign with your family and friends to get more support for the program.
Best,
Meetali
Wow! A 400% growth on month on month basis. When we completed our first month of UTT Food and Nutrition Program, we were able to reach only 900 food packets.
Now we have completed the second month with distributing more than 4000 food packets.
This remarkable progress is also qualitative.
Apart from Khichdi, curd and fruits, we have been successful in introducing some food recipes with high nutritive value:
1. Raagi idli with thick sambhar and pure coconut chutney
2. Black Urad (not washed) Idli with sambhar and raw banana fry
3. Rajma with Raagi Poori
4. High quality fibrous wheat flour poori with chole
5. Special kadhi
6. Payas( Bengali style kheer)
7. Black Urad( not washed) poori with Aloo sabzi
With your tremendous support and encouragement to the program, now we are going ahead to launch a dedicated kitchen  aptly named Sehat Kitchen for all who require good nutritive food.Sehat Kitchen will not only provide free nutritive food to the needy but will also make people aware about serious issues of nutrition in our meals.We also plan to extend the kitchen support to anyone who needs help in shifting to healthy and nutritive meal plan as most of us neglect this important aspect of our daily food intake leading to multiple health issues early on in our lives.
We thank all our contributors for encouragement and continuous support to the program.
We request you to share the fundraising campaign with your family and friends to get more support for the program.
Best,
Meetali
15th October 2019
Dear Donors
We are happy to share with you that we have crossed the second milestone of distributing 50 meals per day five days a week. For the past one week we are averaging about 52 meals a day. We have now crossed 1500 mark since the beginning of the campaign.
Though still in early days, with your continuous support, we are now all set to start a kitchen solely dedicated to the cause. A lot of community support has also been coming to help us going strong on the path.
A formal study on the nutritional impact and health assessment would also be launched soon. We have been talking to the experts for the purpose and modalities are being worked out.
We once again thank you that you for your kind support and patronage to the campaign.
Best Regards
Meetali
Dear Donors
We are happy to share with you that we have crossed the second milestone of distributing 50 meals per day five days a week. For the past one week we are averaging about 52 meals a day. We have now crossed 1500 mark since the beginning of the campaign.
Though still in early days, with your continuous support, we are now all set to start a kitchen solely dedicated to the cause. A lot of community support has also been coming to help us going strong on the path.
A formal study on the nutritional impact and health assessment would also be launched soon. We have been talking to the experts for the purpose and modalities are being worked out.
We once again thank you that you for your kind support and patronage to the campaign.
Best Regards
Meetali
24th September 2019
Dear Donors
Bigger goals are achieved through crossing small milestones. We crossed one such milestone last Friday (20th September).
We have crossed the first 500 mark of food packet distribution.

Gratitude to all of you for giving overwhelming support to Under The Tree Food and Nutrition Program in every step of the way.

The support has ensured that we would be able to provide fruits and milk too apart from meal from this week.

We are happy to share that we have set the goal of setting up a dedicated Kitchen for 5000 meals per day five times in a week.
Keep supporting and keep encouraging us.
Sharing some of the activities at Under The Tree.

Thanks,
Anup 
Dear Donors
Bigger goals are achieved through crossing small milestones. We crossed one such milestone last Friday (20th September).
We have crossed the first 500 mark of food packet distribution.

Gratitude to all of you for giving overwhelming support to Under The Tree Food and Nutrition Program in every step of the way.

The support has ensured that we would be able to provide fruits and milk too apart from meal from this week.

We are happy to share that we have set the goal of setting up a dedicated Kitchen for 5000 meals per day five times in a week.
Keep supporting and keep encouraging us.
Sharing some of the activities at Under The Tree.

Thanks,
Anup 
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Rs.1,400 raised

Goal: Rs.482,000

15 Days to go

Beneficiary: Meetali Anup Sinha info_outline

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