Classroom hunger is the reason why millions of children in our country give up education.

Below is the list which is a perfect example of the “vicious cycle” affecting the growth of our young generation.

  • Parents don’t have the resources to keep feeding their children.
  • There is the possibility of kids falling ill if not given timely food.
  • Then the burden of medicines and keeping the kid healthy has to be borne by the parents.
  • They work hard, with all their might, but still it’s not enough to earn even 2 square meals for one day.
  • So they decide its best not to send the child to school.
  • Rather most of them prefer to engage the route of child labor. That’s another sensitive issue in India.

This cycle keeps repeating for every child. If some kids go to school, then there is no guarantee he or she will come tomorrow. If parents don’t have enough money, then we get back to point one!!

 

How can we avoid this?

Mid-day meals are a perfect route to progress. This program has been on for a decade now and has fed over 12 crore children all over India. Yes, I agree that there have been a lot of ups and downs in this scheme. In many places no care towards hygiene led to food poisoning and a lot of kids suffered. But since then, no such problems have been encountered. Kids have been receiving food and since this programme, a lot of kids have been enrolled in schools by their parents. Food is indirectly the biggest motivator and demotivator for parents when they think of enrolling their kids for education. Honestly, even with this scheme there are millions of kids who still are without education.

 

Akshaya Patra Foundation is a nonprofit organization in India that runs school lunch programs in India. They have played an instrumental role in many children’s lives. Their mission is “To reach 5 million kids by 2020”. Each day the foundation feeds around 1.4 million kids covering 10000 government schools.

I appreciate their effort and their mission.

 

With this one post of mine, BlogAdda will donate enough money to feed 1 kid for an entire year. I thank BlogAdda for this initiative and wish Akshaya Patra all the very best with their effort.

If you plan to make a change you can go through this link “Donate” and donate a reasonable sum. To feed a kid for an entire year costs 750 INR. You can donate even for 3-10 kids. It feels nice to help someone. Let’s help our kids to have a brighter future.

 

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

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I would like to start this post with a quote from Henny Youngman.

“What is a home without Children? … Quiet”

Yes… A home without children feels most of the times like an abyss.

A healthy child makes a happy home.

Not only happy, but also healthy.

Why so?

It’s simple.

If there are kids in the house, everyone is bound to take precautions not only for their own sake but also for the sake of the children.

They are prone to falling ill soon.

So we need to make sure to keep the surrounding neat.

 

Ask anyone who has a child in the house, what is the one thing they don’t have;

They will surely say “Silence”

But yes, ask them would they be happy with the silence?

For a little while; Yes!!

For a longer period; No!!

 

In my family, we have a lot of kiddos as we call them fondly who with their usual acts make sure that the house never remains in silent mode.

One such example is my cousin; Rolvin a.k.a “Nappy Boy”.

I’ve been calling him this even though he has stopped wearing diapers!!

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The energy he brings in every day is way higher than all of us combined in the house.

He will watch Chota Bheem, Doraemon, Shin-Chan, and wait for it… even Saas-Bahu sagas with his mother.

So he is a perfect all rounder here. He can strike a conversation with almost anyone, even our society watch dog.

When he is not watching television, he either is racking his mother’s brains, or he wants to play with his brothers and sisters.

Now we have no option other than playing with him, as he doesn’t like taking no for an answer.

I remember one such instance several years back when I visited them in Muscat. Rolvin was very little back then and he forced me to watch Hanuman cartoon movie 3 times back to back with him. I surely had a lot of patience back then.

Here’s a snapshot back then. I guess this was in 2007 or 2008.

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When we go to our hometown Mangalore, every visitor in our house will always want to meet and talk to him.

He is just 8 years young now, and when anyone visits our place, he will ask of their well being, about everyone in the house he had spoken to. Can you imagine that?

Here, I can’t remember what my mother asks me to get from the local market 30 minutes back.

 

Jokes apart, health of a child is very delicate.

Now if he gets ill, we all will be on our toes, trying to make sure he gets back to his hyper self. The house is not on happy mode, if the kid is unwell.

But when he does recover; oh yes, the happiness is back.

 

He had come down from Muscat to spend time with us in Bombay for almost a month. We all got so used to the noise and laughter that post him leaving, the feeling of emptiness covered us all.

My house became the same old house minus Rolvin and his energy.

Thus a healthy child will ensure a happy home.

 

This post is written with respect to Indiblogger & Dabur Chyawanprash’s initiative i.e.

“A healthy child makes a happy home”

Visit their website – https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash/

and find out how Dabur Chyawanprash can provide our children with not one, not two, but with 3 times worth immunity.

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