Every monthly donation helps more kids like Savitri get midday meals
Savitri had to drop out of school after 8th grade because her family could not afford to send her to school. Due to dire poverty, they could now make ends meet and so her childhood was reduced to doing household chores.
The Swarachna Learning and Resource Centre met and convinced her parents to send her back to school. Savitri was re-enrolled in a school. Due to her family's condition, she was enrolled in the mid-day meal program. With regular nutrition, she began to get stronger. She is a good at studies and a good singer.
She is always amongst the top five students in her class and loves to participate in sports. Every child deserves a healthy meal, you can help children from going hungry.
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What the beneficiary gets
This program is done in 13 villages in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh. During a school health check-up, it was noticed that 95% of the children were malnourished.Most of the children belonged to poor Dalit families and carried leftovers for lunch which is normally a chapatti with pickle or sugar.
No education is possible on a hungry stomach and hence a mid-day meal program was introduced. This program provides the children studying at the Swarachna Learning and Resource Centre a complete meal as part of their routine during the school day. The center prepares a nutritionally balanced meal for over 300 children on all working days in a year. The kitchen and other resources required for preparing the meal are provided by the center. Mothers of the students are employed to cook which ensures the quality of the meal.
Donate to this program and help two children get access to a mid-day meal.
Milaan Be The Change
28 September, 2021
Educating next generation learners
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
The school is working with 400+ children from Sidhauli block in Sitapur village. The school on the 26th of January celebrated Republic Day with special sweet boxes for students. With many homes facing hunger crises in surrounding villages where our students reside, we conducted a ration distribution to support needy families. The meals at school are carefully prepared with a focus on fulfilling their nutritional needs and ensure they are served hot. The school has also invested in building a new kitchen to cater to the needs of the school and provide the cooks with better facilities.
Challenges faced and next steps
For the next 6 months, the school will focus on providing meals and introducing special sports programs to focus on the overall development of students. We will further invest in adding more cooks and upgrading equipment in the kitchen to support the mid-day meals as well as function it as a full-time kitchen for the girls' residential hostel starting in September.
Stories from the ground
Impact story from the ground: Saraswati is a mid-day meal cook at Swarachna school and a single mother. She is the sole earning member of her family. Due to COVID-19 many of the houses in her village were suffering from deepening poverty leading to the hunger crisis. Despite her own problems, Saraswati identified in-need families of food and helped them procure ration kits from Milaan. Her efforts and compassion towards others in her community led to ensuring that her community has food on the table especially for their children.
23 March, 2021
Fighting the odds of COVID-19
COVID-19 has led to the total disruption of education for children in marganilised communities. To ensure that our students do not lag behind, our teachers devised several mechanisms to enable technology and continuous learning for the students. Each child was reached out to understand the access to phone and internet. We started online classes and worked alongside parents to ensure students have access to phones. Our teachers created several visuals and audio messages were sent leveraging WhatsApp. It was critical to also ensure their mental well being. Class teachers maintained a one to one engagement via phone to provide students with a safe space to converse and share their problems.
Milaan’s Swarachna School is situated in a remote and rural village where more than 80% of the population is under the poverty line. The pandemic has further pushed families into a deepening poverty pit. To respond to the hunger crisis in the communities and in the families of our students, our teachers led a ration distribution to ensure our students and their families have food on the table to survive the lockdown. Amid the pandemic, we received the news of results for grades 10th and 12th. We’re extremely happy to share that with your support our students for the FIFTH consecutive year have delivered a 100% pass result in classes 9th and 12th.
During the month of October, under the government guidelines, we have opened the school for classes 9th to 12th and resumed regular classes. We’re ensuring social distancing in classrooms and taking precautionary measures. In 2019, Uttar Pradesh alone accounted for nearly 15% of all registered crimes against women in India. To tackle this harsh reality we have launched Mission Shakti to spread awareness and train girls to be safe and self-reliant.
5 July, 2020
Biding Adieu to class XII students
Biding Adieu to class XII students
Milaan school celebrated class 12th farewell for students graduating this year. The school students and staff members came together to put a cultural show, activities, games as well as speeches to make it a memorable event, many Class 12th students also gave a speech and participated in the event. Class 10th and 11th students were actively involved in preparations for the farewell. Enthusiastic and eager participation was seen by all students. Teachers also actively participated to bid farewell to students. It was an emotional moment for everyone at school at the same time it was a proud moment for the school staff as most of these students have been in the school since the very beginning. The majority of these students are first-generation learners and only ones to complete schooling in their families. The school principal also reported that the school will continue to support the students with career guidance and career choice to ensure they secure admissions in colleges and place themselves on the path to employability.
22 July, 2019
In a remote, rural village called Kaintain in Sitapur District, Uttar Pradesh lies the heart of Milaan – The Swarachna School. Established in 2007 Swarachna is a creation of the collaborative efforts of the local community and Milaan. It was the first and only Senior Secondary School in the region, catering to 15 villages.
Now with 450 students and 100% pass percentage in both grade 10th and 12th from last 5 consecutive years, the school is safe space for children to unleash their creativity, access various mediums for exposure and encourage dialogue and discussion. The mid-day meal was started to provided wholesome meal to children.
We follow a vegetarian menu. Every Monday we serve Rice, Dal & Vegetables. Tuesday we serve Rice & Vegetables. Wednesday we serve Chola-Rice. Thursday we serve Mix Dal and Rice. Friday we serve Tehri (rice cooked with soybeans chunks and vegetables) and salad. Saturday we serve Poori-Sabji which is a big hit.
Girl Icons participated in 6 day residential leadership training in Uttar Pradesh and Assam between December 2018 to January 2019. The curriculum covered goals and aspirations, education, rights and laws, gender and sex, communication and building confidence. A baseline was conducted to capture the knowledge level of girls.
In partnership with the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab program and Malala Fund the virtual reality film 'GIRL ICON' featuring Girl Icon Rani was screened at SXSW film festival at Austin, Tribeca film festival in New York and Beijing International film festival.
Milaan planned, designed and facilitated the 3 part session at Dasra Philanthropy Week for 14 youth delegates from of 6 non-profit organizations – CINI, C3, Quest Alliance, SNEHA, Apnalaya and Milaan.
In June, Milaan will organize second training and will host an alumnae meet in Bhopal.
Story from the field
For our Hero Story we would like to introduce you to Archana Singh from Kantain village in Sidhauli block, Uttar Pradesh. Archana came to work at Swarachna school 7 years ago when she was only 33 years old. Today at 40 years old, she is one of the faces behind our mid-day meal program. Archana supports her family and is the only earning member of the family. Her husband is currently not employed. She has one daughter who is a class 8 student at Swarachna school. Archana shares that she loves to eat and that is why she enjoys her current role as part of the mid-day meal program. "I love working with kids and feeding others. It makes me happy," shares Archana. She shyly shares that she doesn't enjoy going out or taking holidays. Her love for food and feeding doesn't give her much time to do other things.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||450|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||450|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Kantain, Uttar Pradesh|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||675000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||677708|
30 October, 2018
Milaan Be The Change's Update
'Swarachna Learning and Resource Centre', besides providing education, acts as a creative learning space for the children, introducing them to the larger world, by means of books, magazines, critically selected movies as well as documentaries and then encourages discussions, debates and exploration of these new ideas. In 2017, Swarachna School delivered 100% pass result in both 10th and 12th Grade.
By April 2019, we will start the first batch of 40 girls selected through an entrance exams conducted in KGBV Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh. By April 2022, Milaan will expand the Swarachna School and aims to work with 1000 children from current strength of 406 children. We also aim at developing a residential facility for 200 academically high performing girls from low-income communities to pursue their secondary and senior secondary education (Grade 9th to 12th).
Story from the field
One of our students Shikha Yadav belongs to a poor Dalit family. She is studying in 5th standard and she enjoys dancing. Her family income is INR 40,000 per annum. She has a keen interest in craft work, especially coloring books. It was observed by her class teacher that she did not carry lunch to school which affected her growth and performance. After a while she lacked the motivation to remain focused. During a regular school health check up, it was noticed that Shikha like majority of children was malnourished. With the introduction of mid day meal program at the centre and regular nutrition, Shikha started to become stronger and her grades improved. She is now always amongst the top five students in her class and loves to participate in Art competitions. Every Monday we serve Rice, Dal and Vegetables; Tuesday we serve Rice and Vegetables; Wednesday we serve Chola-Rice; Thursday we serve Mix Dal and Rice; Friday we serve Tehri (rice cooked with soyabean chunks and vegetables) and salad and Saturday we serve Poori-Sabji which is her favorite. We as an organisation believe every child deserves a healthy meal. With your continued support, our children will grow healthier every day.
|Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19||500|
|Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year||406|
28 February, 2018
New facilities and programs conducted in the Swarachna School
The Swarachna School by Milaan operates in a remote and a rural village named Kaintain in Sitapur, UP where education and the needs of 400+ children are taken care of.
The Mid-day Meal Program has made a significant impact on the students. It has not only increased the attendance of the students but also to their performance. The incentive of a nutritious and tasty meal brings back the students to school on a daily basis leading to improvement in their learning skills and levels with a consistent attendance.
Computer labs, a library, and an innovation lab have been built to provide a platform to disadvantaged children and youth to develop their abilities, skills and to explore their capabilities. In the previous exams, 60 % students from class 10th and 60% students from class 12th passed with distinction.
The school celebrated the Annual sports day with exemplary participation by students showcasing the spirit of sportsmanship with healthy competitions covering a wide range of sports like cricket, volleyball, badminton and Kabbadi.
A program was initiated for adolescent girls to create awareness and understanding of menstrual hygiene. The initiative also understands and enables the interpersonal, societal and environmental factors to empower adolescent girls.