Sunday, November 16, 2014

Food Over Education, Or Both? #BlogToFeedAChild



It is not uncommon that many children from the poor families dropout from schools at a young age to add to the meager income of their families. Most of our house maids who tag along their children for work are common examples to this sad situation. The children choose are made to work so as to feed their hungry stomachs rather than encouraged to pursue their education that will in the long run prove to be much more beneficial. Why?? Why choose Food over Education when we can achieve both!

Yes, with Akshaya Patra's Mid Day Meal Program, we can achieve both - Quality Food with Quality Education. What better encouragement for a child to go to school than a proper full meal a day. For many it might be the only meal they get the entire day!! Think!

In partnership with the Government of India and respective State Governments and with the support of many philanthropic donors, the program today serves food to over 1.39 million children from 10,631 schools across 9 states in India. In line with their vision "No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger", they together with BlogAdda started an initiative this Children's Day, to feed one child for an entire year per each blogpost. I am more than happy to support this cause and feel it is each blogger's social responsibilty to write and spread this cause. Taking from Roshan's cue I would like to tag Shilpa, SangeetaSulekhaMeena and Inderpreet to write one blogpost, just 300 words and help feed one child for an entire year.

Apart from this I think with a little more effort on our part, both at school level and community level we can help take this initiative a step further.

*The Delhi winters are just kicking in, but the afternoons are blessed with being bright and sunny. Have a backyard sale in your colonies/children's school and donate the proceeds to Akshaya Patra.
*You can also help collect food grains, vegetables and fruits and get them transported to their kitchens directly.
*Have a fundraising exhibition. The exhibits could be of the painting you drew and kept aside, a bake sale, the endless 'amateur' photos you have clicked or any hobby that you love.

Any more ideas? Then blog about it!

I just want to add one more thing. Like me, some of you might be apprehensive, you know since the corruption and level of bureaucracy in India has followed its way to the social sectors too. There has been a lot of criticism over the Mid Day Meal programs; just last year several children fell ill and unfortunately few lost their lives because of pesticide contaminated mid day meals. No one took accountability! Being very aware of this problem, I did my own research and went through Akshaya Patra's financial reports and FAQs and found them to be very transparent, responsible and true to their work. Kudos really!

So do join this good cause and help eliminate classroom hunger!

   Do watch this video - Hunger leads a child down a path no child ever ought to take ‘The Possibilities’ portrays various struggles a child goes through in order to survive. And how just one wholesome mid-day meal served every day at school changes his life. 


I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.

15 comments:

  1. What coincidence! I just finished my post on the same activity. I do feel strongly about how each of us can make a difference in these children's lives. Great going...glad that to find that we think alike :)

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    1. I am so glad you participated too! We bloggers can do good together! :)

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  2. Well done for contributing to the cause with your post - and thank you for your informative and inspirational words.

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    1. Thanks so much Laurel! This is such a small thing - writing a post but the difference we can make with this! Feed a child for an entire year! Feels great to be a part of this!

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  3. The fundraising exhibition sounds like such an awesome idea... would help incorporate a wider section of society that usually just turns their head the other way and walks by.

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    1. True Roshan! Through creative expressions we can engage more people!

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  4. Very thoughtful post. We must do what ever we can.Even a small gesture will be highly appreciated

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    1. True Usha ji and thank you for blogging for this cause too!

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  5. Such a noble cause Aditi that you are contributing to. Well done! :) <3

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  6. A great cause and a very inspirational post! ♥

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  7. It is such a great initiative. We can all make the change, one step at a time

    Random Thoughts Naba..I've Got Something Important to Say...

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  8. This is such a noble cause. We all must do our bit and help eliminate classroom hunger. Liked the suggestions you shared, Aditi. Very doable! Thanks for tagging me. Have tagged 5 more to take the baton ahead! Thank you!

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  9. I put in my bit, too, Aditi. Thanks for tagging me for this noble cause.

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  10. this will be my next post gal.. fingers crossed!

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