The area of work covererd by the Kaithan Centre is 13 villages in Sidhauli Block, Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh. During a health check-up camp in the school, organized by Milaan, it was revealed that 95% of the children in the school are malnourished. Most of the children in the school come from very poor Dalit backgrounds and generally carry last night s leftover as lunch which is normally a chapatti with pickle/sugar. Reading books and solving equations in a classroom is not possible on a hungry stomach. Hunger is a basic survival need of human beings making it a biological imperative that overshadows most other needs, including education. This mid-day meal programme is an ongoing programme that provides the children studying at the Swarachna Learning and Resource Centre a complete meal as part of their daily routine during the school day. The centre prepares a nutritionally balanced meal for over 300 children on 240 working days in a year. The kitchen and other resources required for preparing the meal are provided by the centre. Items are bought in bulk wherever possible. The programme also creates employment for those villagers who are engaged in the process of procuring and preparing the meal. Since these are generally the women folk of the village, who are also mothers of the students, the quality of the meal is ensured.
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