Support migrant cancer affected children with monthly rations



Support migrant cancer affected children with monthly rations


Shabana's strength saved her daughter's life

Shabana had a difficult life, an unsupportive husband and no proper home. She struggled to make ends meet. Her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Aliya was her only hope in life.

Her life fell apart when Aliya was diagnosed with Will’s Tumor, a type of kidney cancer that was caused because she was malnourished. Her husband abandoned them when he found out about Aliya.

Shabana was left to take care of her daughter alone. She did not understand the treatment Aliya needed and had no income to provide for her.

Cuddles helped Shabana by enrolling her in the monthly ration program. This program gave Shabana a standard package of rations every month. They also gave meals and nutrition supplements to her daughter in the hospital. This steady supply of nutrition helped Aliya’s treatment work effectively on her body and today she is cancer-free!

Close to 90% of children with cancer who are from poor families are malnourished at diagnosis. Nutrition is key during treatment of cancer. Having proper meals or supplements while being treated gives children the strength needed to undergo the treatment.

Your donation can help parents like Shabana give their children a fighting chance at life. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED. Donate now to provide ration and meals to underprivileged children who suffer from cancer.


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Cuddles foundation through this program works on providing holistic nutrition to underprivileged children from families that relocate for cancer treatment.

Close to 90% of cancer affected children from a low socioeconomic background are malnourished at diagnosis. To access medical care parents relocate to cities to get their child treated. When in the city, they earn very meager incomes and end up living on footpaths or shelter homes with hardly any sustenance.

Cuddles, through the nutritionist stationed at the hospital, understand whether a family has a place to stay and will provide a standard package of rations to a family of three. Families are supported for 3-6 months depending on the treatment and severity of the cycles of therapy.

The families are given monthly ration supplies for a family of 3 including rice, all types of dal, oil, spices, flour, salt, among others

Ration baskets are given in kind at the hospitals or through a coupon system with predetermined vendors.

When you donate to the program, you will help provide the much-needed support to families of underprivileged children suffering from cancer.

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About The NGO

Cuddles Foundation
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Cuddles Foundation

Cuddles Foundation provides holistic nutritional support to 35,000 underprivileged children fighting Cancer across India. They work with 22 government and charity cancer hospitals across 12 cities supporting them with nutritionists, food and supplements.

Nutritionists are the backbone of their service. Trained at the best institutes of the country, they are carefully chosen for their knowledge, empathy, and ability to work with children and survive in tough conditions. They are then trained in pediatric oncology by some of the best oncologists in the country at TATA Memorial Hospital.

A Cuddles nutritionist works to

- Assess a child’s malnourishment level and medical condition

- Create diet plans specific to their need and disease

- Aid them with nutritional supplements, food, monthly ration

- Monitor progress and alter food intake based on it

- Counsel moms / caregivers and educate them in home-based nutrition

Using a multi-pronged approach of nutritional counseling and diet planning, meal supplementation, ration baskets, and hot meals, they tackle a simple but ignored aspect of a child’s successful recovery from cancer.

Cuddles Foundation was recognized with the National Award for Child Welfare by the President of India in 2015-16.

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Founded in 1991
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Purnota Bahl

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Cancer | health

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December 2018

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Whats in a Ration Basket - The ration basket is designed to feed a family of three and provides food for all-round nutritional support. It consists of 30 less perishable, dry ingredients required by a mother to make a variety of foods for her sick child. The food products are branded and consist of regional staple cereals, pulses, millets, nuts and oilseeds, ghee, oil, spices and condiments, salt, jaggery, sugar and basic personal hygiene products. Along with the staple cereals and pulses, certain other cereals, pulses and millets that are nutritionally more beneficial for the child’s health and relevant to the region he comes from are also included. Like moth beans (matki), nachni satva, sorghum (jowar) flour for kids from the west; urad dal, nachni, satva for the south; and so on.

Story from the field

This is the story of a family of a 9-year-old boy, Jaggu, who is diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor (Kidney tumor). His disease relapsed 6 months back and his family came to Delhi for further investigations and treatment and since his disease is progressive his whole family is residing near the hospital on the footpath in a tent. Jaggu’s father is employed as a labour and is earning Rs. 6,000 per month, mother is a house wife and financially, the family isn’t doing well as the monthly income of the father is not enough to feed 6 members of the family (4 children and parents). When Jaggus’s mother was aware of the ration Program of Cuddles foundation,she thought it to be of no use since she had no cooking facility. But during the counselling sessions, our nutritionists explained the importance of clean home-made cooked food throughout the treatment and the importance of nutrition. Post this the family somehow made an arrangement for the stove in their tent and was enrolled in our ration program as the father’s income wasn’t sufficient to carry out all the treatment related expenses, which included everything from the medicines cost to the food cost. In the last two months Jaggu has gained about 3 kgs in weight. At present his anthropometric measurements are as follows: Height=100.5cm, Weight=14.8kg and MUAC=12.5cm which makes him fall under the category of SAM (Severely Acute Malnutrition). According to Jaggu’s mother, her family now didn't have to worry about the food related expenses. Even though the bundle is meant for 3-4 members of a family. The first thing Jaggu wants to do is “go to school” after he gets cured. he wants to be a “policeman” once he grows up. We are sure that with supporters like you he will achieve his dream. Thanks for stepping in to support his family with ration.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date4050
Village/City/State where project is locatedPan India
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1917160000
Total Expenses for the project YTD8910000

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