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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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Program Description

Cuddles foundation through this program works on providing holistic nutrition to underprivileged children suffering from cancer.

Most cancer affected children from low socioeconomic background are malnourished at diagnosis. We’ve noticed that families that move to other cities for treatment of their children don’t have enough to eat due to financial constraints - they’ve often left their jobs and mortgaged their assets to barely afford treatment and stay in the big city. This affects the child’s daily calorie intake, her ability to fight cancer, and worsens the family’s financial situation. The chances of abandoning treatment are very high without additional support for the family.

Cuddles Ration Program provides a family of four with adequate monthly ration. This ensures that the child is provided with wholesome meals at home, enabling her to fight cancer better. We prioritize families that belong to low-income groups and have come from outstation locations for their child’s treatment.

The families are given monthly ration supplies including flour, rice, all types of dal, oil, spices, salt, seeds, ghee among other essential food items.

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

When you donate to this 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

Feed a Child. Starve Cancer.

Food Heals:

Childhood cancer is mostly curable. But in India, with up to 40% of children with cancer being malnourished at diagnosis, survival is a problem. Cuddles Foundation is on a mission to change that with its FoodHeals Program. Here’s how:

• Provide trained nutritionists to government and charity cancer hospitals.

• Share food and supplements with patients and families.

• Support caregivers with the knowledge to make the right food choices.

Good Food Helps Medicine Work:

By sponsoring the FoodHeals program, you help children experience:

1. Lesser side-effects and treatment complications

2. Fewer breaks or delays in treatment

3. Improved chances for survival

4. Better immunity against infection

5. A feeling of being supported and cared for

Cuddles Foundation’s FoodHeals Program is customised to a child’s medical condition providing the right nutrition needed for the child to complete her treatment successfully. Here's how:

• Assess: Screening and assessing the nutritional status of every child seeking treatment for cancer in their partner hospitals

• Evaluate: Evaluating side-effects that may negatively impact her nutritional status

• Prescribe: Finalising the right nutrition therapy and prescribing a customised diet plan.

• Provide: Aiding and supporting the child and family by providing nutritional supplements, hot meals, in-meals, eggs, bananas and monthly ration baskets for a family of four.

• Monitor: Continuously monitoring her nutritional status and reassessing plans, if necessary.

• Support: Supporting patient families with the knowledge to make healthier food choices by organising parent support group meetings, videos and talks on the subject.

Cuddles Foundation is nourishing children in:

• 30+ government and charity cancer hospitals

• 20+ cities

• Working with 250+ paediatric oncologists

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Purnota Bahl

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Cancer | health

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Location of Work
Location of Work

Maharashtra

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Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2019: Outlook Poshan Special Jury Award

2020: Panna Dhai Award from the Mewar Foundation

2018: Akshaya Patra and UN Global Compact Award

2016: National Award for Child Welfare (President's Award)

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Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

25 November, 2021

Bracing up proactively and being prepared to face the second lockdown

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Milestones - We added two new hospitals added 1. Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Silchar [15 May 2021]2. SRCC, Mumbai [01 Jan 2021]We are now present in 20 cities across the country4100 patients impacted [Jan01-June30] with 48000+ counselsThey were given Nutrition counselling & Aid, which helped them undertake chemotherapy, with reduced side effects & infections and maintained or improved their overall grade of malnourishment


Challenges faced and next steps

Challenges faced - Patient turnout impacted on account of lockdown. Vendor delivery also impacted on account of Travel restrictionsTo overcome these hurdles we gave additional Aid to patients to take care of the period when they are unable to travel. We also distributed Masks & sanitisers to help with hygiene during CovidOur Goal for the next 6 months is to add 5 more Hospitals and reach out to more children


Stories from the ground

Our influences during our formative years shape the rest of our lives. The importance of teaching healthy habits during childhood cannot be emphasised enough considering how malleable a child's personality is. A nurturing environment can empower a child to deal with any crisis as an adult. 15-year-old Mohit (Named changed due to Privacy laws) is lucky to have parents who raised him on a steady dose of love and yoga. Unfortunately, his resilience was put to the test when he was diagnosed with B-Cell ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) in 2019. "My father used to hide and cry when I started receiving chemotherapy and IV injections because my mother and I were initially unaware about cancer. Then one day, when I read in my file 'Leukaemia,' I Googled it and realised I have cancer," says Mohit, who can be an inspiration for both adults and children. Mohit's awareness of his condition and the ability to articulate it bravely is a source of strength for him and his family. Despite his diagnosis, Mohit has stuck to his early morning routine of doing yoga at 5. "It helps me de-stress and gives me a clear state of mind," adds Mohit, who is now under maintenance cycle and is back in his hometown, Buldhana, which is 490 km from Mumbai. "Initially, we were very overwhelmed with the cost of the treatment because Mohit's diagnosis happened in the middle of the lockdown. I work in the local court, and my work was affected because of this. The city of Mumbai can be tough to figure out if you are from a small town. But the help we received because of Cuddles’ Ration, In-Meal and Supplement Program made a lot of difference. I am positive about Mohit's recovery," adds Mohit's father, who is also his son's listening board and source of strength. Samina, our nutritionist at KEM Mumbai, adds, "Mohit and his family are one of the nicest people I have met. They look out for themselves and others around them. Mohit's father would often check on how my family was coping with the lockdown during our interactions. Mohit is also a very mature and sweet boy. Thanks to the emphasis on healthy habits in their daily lives, it was easy to work with him and his family. I am very hopeful about his recovery." Before Mohit's diagnosis, he was aiming to become an IES officer. But this experience of surviving cancer has made him rethink his life over the last few years, and he now wishes to be an Indian classical musician. Your support not only helps many children like Mohit, but it also helps to build a bright future for our society with well-adjusted human beings like him. So, thank you.


26 March, 2021

Begining again post Lockdown

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Our operations in all hospitals, which were closed for certain months due to COVID-19, have restarted fully. OPD has opened in all the Hospitals. We saw an increased number of children in almost all Hospitals, as COVID-19 seemed to be relenting. We continued our projected Nutritional supplements to all the Children.


We also started operations in a new Hospital - BALCO in Naya Raipur


Our nutritionists, who were giving telephonic counselling during the lockdown, had started going to the hospital on a rotation basis immediately after the lockdown taking all the safety measures. There were a couple of close calls when our Nutritionists fell sick, but thankfully, it was not COVID-19. In fact, we celebrated Children's day & Diwali together in November, and surprised our children with a small gift and some tasty nutritional treats! In December, we celebrated Christmas although we could not get a Christmas tree and decorations etc as we were limiting all physical contact. Children enjoyed the surprises and welcomed the celebrations, although they were subdued, with a big smile and hope.


We thank you all for your continued support during these difficult times and wish you all a Happy, Safe and a Healthy 2021!



28 September, 2020

Be a caregiver and make a difference in the lives of young kids

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Be a caregiver and make a difference in the lives of young kids



Childhood cancer is mostly curable. But in India, with up to 40% of children with cancer being severely malnourished at diagnosis, survival is a problem. Our mission is to change that with our FoodHeals Program. Here’s how we do it:



  1. Place nutritionists in government cancer hospitals- We partner with government hospitals that need nutritional support for a large number of pediatric patients. We carefully select and train a team that has both the heart and the skill to counsel children with cancer nutritionally.

  2. Provide food aid to patients- We support children and their families with free food and nutrition like nutritional supplements, hot meals, in-meals, eggs, bananas, and monthly ration baskets for a family of four.

  3. Provide nutritional knowledge to caregivers


Our FoodHeals program is customised to a child’s medical condition to provide holistic nutrition to her until she finishes her treatment at the hospital. It is done as follows-


● Assess: Screening and assessment of the nutritional status of every child seeking treatment for cancer in the hospital
● Diagnose: Identification of treatment complications with nutritional implications
● Prescribe: Nutrition intervention and prescribing a customized diet plan
● Provide: Provision of food and nutrition like nutritional supplements, hot meals, in-meals, eggs, bananas, monthly ration baskets
● Monitor: Continuous nutrition monitoring and reassessment
● Support: Supporting patient families with the knowledge to make healthier food choices


By sponsoring the FoodHeals program, children experience



  1. Lesser side-effects and treatment complications

  2. Fewer breaks or delays in treatment

  3. Improved chances for survival

  4. Better immunity against infection

  5. A feeling of being supported and cared for


Whats in a Ration Basket - The ration basket is designed to feed a family of Four 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 the child. The food products are branded and consist of regional staple cereals, pulses, millets, nuts, seeds, 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 beneficial for the child’s health and relevant to the region she comes from are also included. Like moth beans (matki), nachni, satva, sorghum (jowar) flour for children from the western part of the country; urad dal, nachni, satva from south; and so on.



5 August, 2020

Food heals!

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Food heals!




Two new hospitals were catered to in the last quarter BHU Cancer Hospital in Varanasi and SRCC hosital in Mumbai. We continued our projected Ration Distribution to these Children and their families. We also arranged puppet shows during diwali and christmas celebrations for the children in the hospital. During Nov, we were featured in Kaun Banega crorepati with Amitabh Bacchan for Children Fighting cancer.
All was going well as planned till March, when we were all hit by the Covid Pandemic. The Covid pandemic at the end of the quarter brought about a bigger need for ration distribution.The initial days saw us discussing on how to tackle this new situation and we quickly got our act together. We have started doing Nutritional counselling on the phone as parents are unable to travel to Hospitals.



22 July, 2019

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Program Update


50,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in India, of which only 22% make it to hospitals for treatment
40% of the children seeking treatment are malnourished. 90% of the pediatric oncology patients come from a low socio-economic background & 45% of these children come from BPL families. 60% of these children are from the villages and smaller towns and not from the main metropolitan cities. Their parents earn meagre incomes, so they either end up living on footpaths or dharamshalas (shelter homes)
8 out of 10 children of them lose the fight against cancer because of lack of proper nutrition and guidance on nutrition. One of the reasons is that malnourished children are 5 times more likely to develop chemotherapy intolerance leading to refusal or abandonment of treatment, and resulting in death
On most days, parents go without all 3 meals and sometimes so do the children. Since most of the families migrate to urban centers seeking treatment for the children, they do not have access to any source of income during treatment. They typically come to the city with meagre savings which get depleted quickly. Hence, they have no means of fulfilling the nutritional requirement of the children which is much needed to complete treatment. To help in this we provide ration to the families who have the cooking facility to ensure that they have one less thing to worry about and focus on ensuring the treatment of the child.


Story from the field


Jay (Name Changed) is a 5.9 years old child diagnosed with Pre B cell ALL and is undergoing Chemotherapy from last five months.
He is an extremely naughty and stubborn boy. Generally, all boys are ‘Mumma’s Boys’ but our Jay wants his father around for everything - from eating food to taking medicines and also for playing or colouring. His father, a farmer has been unable to work for the last 5 months due to Jay’s illness. Jay has an elder sister also.
We at Cuddles are supporting Jay and his family with ration and nutritional supplements.
Initially Jay suffered with lots of side- effects after first chemotherapy and he was unable to hear due to some infection in the ears, mouth ulcers, loose- stools and persistent fever. Everyone was scared but his parents fought a long way and he has improved clinically. With the monthly ration taken care of by us, his family could totally concentrate on Jay and gave him proper nutritious food with the help of counselling of our nutritionists.
Recently Jay was admitted for his 2nd high dose of chemotherapy and this time he completed it without any severe side-effects. He was always seen with his favourite Oranges. He was either seen eating Oranges or clicking pictures with the “Click” of his Orange Peels.
Thanks to Donors like you Children Like Jay have not forgotten to remain naughty and lively all through the treatment. A Big Thanks to YOU


What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?5200
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date5485
Village/City/State where project is locatedpan india
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1910746380
Total Expenses for the project YTD11335365

23 May, 2019

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Program Update


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