2013: SLUM SCHOOL LUNCH – India

Providing school lunches for children living in the slums of New Delhi.

New Delhi today is one of the fastest growing cities in both India and the world. It is the government, commercial and financial center of India. Thousands of poor people from rural areas in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal come to Delhi in search of a better future. But the city offers them no respite and most families are pushed into abject poverty and a grinding experience instead.

It is estimated that one in three of the world’s malnourished children is in India, even more than in sub-Sahara Africa. Malnutrition is the leading cause of child deaths in India. Nearly half of the children under the age of five in the country are underweight and 42% are suffering from malnutrition; India was found to have the highest rate in the world of stunted growth among children. Despite supposedly billions of rupees spent on poverty and food-relief programs, and during a period of economic growth, the government has made only a dent in the problem.
Malnutrition has a direct impact on children’s ability to learn in school. If children are denied nutrients during the formative years, their brains may not develop properly; this can lower IQs which can hinder children’s learning throughout their life, preventing them from getting a higher education and well-paying jobs. This perpetuates the cycle of poverty and hopelessness for India’s poor.
How we’re helping: We are partnering with Hungry For Life to provide an education and a nutritional meal for 60 children living in the slums of Jahgirpuri, New Deli.
Instead of picking through mounds of garbage for recyclables in hopes of finding enough to pay the rent and buy food, children are being provided a daily nutritious meal and an education at a school called Life Counts Now.
Cost to keep children fed and in school, away from drugs and the sex traffickers is only 40 cents a day per child! Sixty children will receive a nutritious meal which will keep them off the streets from begging or scrounging for materials to eat and recycle in the train stations at night.