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Annapurna

(Maharashtra)

Objective

To provide a wholesome balanced meal to children from underprivileged families in villages between Kalyan and Murbad

Why did we do it?

One of our most impactful initiatives has been the digitization of Zilla Parishad Schools in the villages between Kalyan and Murbad. During our ground visits to these villages, we witnessed poverty and malnourishment on very large scale, especially in children belonging to the Adivasi tribe, which is the lowest strata of the society in these villages. The Government has successfully implemented the Mid-day meal program through the week but the question that remained was “WHAT HAPPENS ON SUNDAYS?”

What did we do?

Annapurna was conceptualised as a Sunday Meal Program for more than 600 children in October 2018 across 15 villages. We partnered with local women in the village and planned a nutritionally sound and balanced meal which includes rice, dal, pulse and a vegetable. This is further supplemented by a small dry snack that the child can carry home (banana, dates, til or rajgira laddoo, indian mithai, biscuits, chocolates) Twice a year we organise extra meals for Diwali and Holi for all the children. This program in turn enables the 20 women who are cooking for these children, to supplement income of their families. Since our ground partners are from the village itself, we have been able to provide the Sunday meal throughout the lockdown without a break in all the villages.

Outcome

Over the years since 2018, through our Annapurna program, we have connected with the children who benefit from this program on our monthly visits. We hope that this little gesture contributes to the well being of every child enrolled in the program.