Sponsor midday meals for a poor child by Navasrushti International Trust (Dharma Bharathi Mission)

Sponsor midday meals for a poor child

Impact

A meal that helped Suhani go back to school

Suhani studies in the Dnyan Sadhana School. She lives in a nearby slum. Her parents work in unstable jobs with no regular income.

She did not get nutritious meals at home. Even though she was bright in studies, she wasn't regular in school. As there was not enough food at home, she was very weak, malnourished and suffered from lack of nutrition.

This affected her health. She wasn't regular in School. Her attendance in class was just 50%. Studying hungry was impossible.

Suhani's life changed when Dharma Bharathi Mission started their midday meal program in the Dnyan Sadhana School.

She got a warm and nutritious meal at school for free every day. This gave him something to look forward to as well as the nutrition he needed to survive. The food is served hot. They try to serve different items each day on the menu to make it interesting for the children. The children are also served a sweet in the meal once a week.

The midday meal program was started to provide nutrition to the kids so that she and other kids like her have at least one nutritious meal a day.

Suhani's attendance in the school has now increased. Her grasping power improved and there is considerable improvement in her attention span as well.

You can also help poor students like Suhani get access to one nutritious meal every school day. No child should stay hungry, and you can help by providing them with a meal. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.

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About The Program

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Program Description

Navasrushti runs a program to provide mid-day meals to children in schools not supported by the government.

Donations to this program will contribute to a fund which will cover the cost of mid-day meals for the children and administrative expenses of the program.

In the impoverished areas where there are no government-aided schools, children tend to drop out because of hunger. They then end up as child laborers involved in jobs like domestic help, washing taxis, etc to help their families with additional income.

This program works with schools which provide education to children from very low-income groups. The children come from families who have been generationally living in slums. They have below poverty line income. Their parents are uneducated. They generally hold jobs like auto drivers, daily wage laborers, zari workers, rag pickers, housemaids, sweepers, car cleaners, etc. Most of them don't have stable jobs or any other support.

The children are very prone to dropping out of school. The midday meal is the most significant incentive to retain the children in school, and it also encourages them to continue their education. It prevents dropouts.

Needy students are identified by the Dharma Bharathi Mission staff and the school principal and enrolled in the program. The resources are obtained by the donations received. Approved vendors provide the cooked meals.

The list of children is prepared at the start of the year. With a proper meal every day, the attention and concentration of the children increases. It also helps in preventing malnutrition and anemia.

The impact of the nutrition for the children are is tracked by taking into account the height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI) both at the beginning and the end of the school year.

When you donate to this program, you help poor children get access to one nutritious meal every school day and prevent dropping out from school.

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About The NGO

Navasrushti International Trust (Dharma Bharathi Mission)
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Navasrushti International Trust (Dharma Bharathi Mission)

Navasrushti International Trust (Dharma Bharathi Mission) was founded to promote national regeneration of India and help to usher in a civilization of love and a culture of peace in the world based on the eternal moral and spiritual values common to all religions.

NIT launched its organised social initiative, Dharma Bharathi Mission (DBM), on 30th January 2008 with the vision to create a better India. Earlier NIT was focused on creating awareness around Responsible Citizenship and the need for every Indian to do his/her bit for the society. However, there was a demand from interested citizens to start social activities where they could meaningfully participate and contribute. Accordingly DBM was launched under NIT to undertake these social and community based initiatives.

Since the goal of NIT was to achieve the remaining three freedoms, economic, social and moral, through a hunger-free, caste-free and corruption free India, DBM took up Hunger-free-India as its first go. They

adopted the 3E approach to tackle the same - education, Employment and Empowerment. All activities and projects are geared towards that goal.

NIT is headed by Mr. Paramjeet Singh. He works in the Indian Revenue Service but being passionate about social service and 'giving', he has offered his honorary services to NIT as its Managing Trustee. His personal motto of - "Give Till it Hurts" has been adopted by NIT(DBM). He is an efficient and inspiring Team Leader under whose able leadership NIT has established itself credibly in the social field.

Full time staff - 18

Part time staff -16

Volunteers - 12

Total Receipts for 2015-2016 - INR 14810353

Total Payments for 2015-2016 - INR 15564354

Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year

No. of girls who were given training in tailoring skills - 450

No. of children across 18 schools who were given mid day meals - 1955

No. of girls who were trained in the nursing course - 20

No. of girls who were given life skills training - 120

No. of children who were given Beautician training - 300

No. of girls who were trained in the Balwadi course - 16

No. of boys, girls & youth who were given computer education - 300

Rewards & Recognition

In 2015, Navasrushti International Trust was awarded the Guide Star Gold by Guide Star India

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Paramjeet Singh, Managing Trustee

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Nutrition | education

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Maharashtra

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2016: Global Performance Excellence Awards

2017: Economic Times Summit 2016

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Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

20 December, 2022

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

a. Milestones achieved – As the schools opened up, we resumed the mid-day meals (MDM) to schools. MDMs are a very important component of school education in municipal and budget private schools and it brings the children to school. For most of these children sometimes MDMs are the only proper meal (hot cooked and nutritious) that they get. So, we were happy to resume the MDM’s so that the children can come back to school after the shut down due to the pandemic. b. Major events – Despite the rising fuel price and inflation due to which the cost of Mid-day meal per child has risen multi fold, we were determined to start the same as parents of many had lost jobs and earnings and children were not getting proper food. Also, their education suffers. So for us it was a big event to restart the same. c. Cities, regions, areas etc covered – Schools in M ward, Mumbai d. How the work was carried out – We have vendors who prepare food for our adopted schools and our Midday meal coordinator ensures that the same reaches all schools in time and that is of required quality. e. How did the program help and impact the people – It improves attendance in schools, takes care of malnutrition, and results in increase attention span and better learning outcomes.


Challenges faced and next steps

The need of schools is immense, and we receive daily applications for help from various schools. M award has 77 unaided schools, and all are needy. So, it becomes difficult to decide whom to help and whom to refuse given our budgetary constraints. Our way to tackle this to choose schools which are academically focused and keen on providing good education. Our goal to help as many schools as possible so that maximum students who are desirous of further studies are helped, provided of course our budget and generosity of donors’ permit.


Stories from the ground

Suhani wasn’t regular in School. Her attendance in class was 50%. She was not provided nutritious meal from home. She was a needy child though bright in studies but weak in health. It was impossible to study while being simultaneously hungry. At least one meal needs to be provided for malnourishment and nutrition. This student was not able to go to school as there was no food to eat at home. She was very weak, malnourished and suffered from lack of nutrition. We started this mid-day meal program at Dynan Sadhana School to provide nutrition to the kids so that she and other kids like her have at least one nutritious meal a day. Every day she gets meal in the afternoon at the school. She relishes the food. It is served hot, everyday one different item of menu is served and once in a week one sweet is also served as per the demand of the students. Suhani’s regularity in the school increased. Her grasping power improved; there was improvement in her attention span also. Now she does not have to work to earn her meal


31 May, 2022

Midday meals for a poor child

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Our mid-day meal project was for the children of slum schools. Since the schools have been closed since the pandemic, we have been giving dry ration kits to these kids and their families. These kits, at Rs. 1000/each, consist of ration items which can suffice a family of 5 for a period of 15 days. Since March 2020, we have supplied over 24000 kits and we have ensured that these kids have adequate food to survive. We have given these kits mainly in areas falling under M ward: Govandi, Trombay, Cheeta camp, Shivaji Nagar, Mandala, Maharashtra Nagar, Dharavi etc. Some 2000 families have been impacted regularly, and the scheme is continuing.


Challenges faced and next steps

As mentioned above, due to COVID, the schools have been shut and so they have had to find a way to help these kids. So we started distributing ration kits. We tied up with schools, and the families would come there on an appointed date and time and collect the kits from our team members since it was not possible for us to go to each and every house. The schools and local leaders in each area were tapped and, with their cooperation, we could reach out to these needy children regularly and make sure that they did not go hungry as most of their parents had lost jobs. We propose to continue this drive till the schools open, and we will resume the mid-day meal then.


Stories from the ground

One of the children, Vijay Mane, is staying in Trombay with his father, a taxi driver, who has no fixed income. This lockdown has brought a heavy crisis. It is very difficult to survive on a very low income as a family. In this pandemic, the cost of everything has been increased. My family receives great support when they receive a bag full of groceries provided by DBM. So we continued to help him by sending the ration all the way to his house and have now tied up with a shop near our new house from where his father could pick up the ration on an appointed day, every 15 days or so. We are also supporting his education.


28 November, 2021

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Our mid-day meal project was for the children of slum schools. Since the schools are closed since the pandemic, we have been giving dry ration kits to these kids and their families. These kits of Rs. 1000/ each comprise ration items that can suffice a family of 4 for 15 days. Since March 2020 we have supplied 24000 kits and we have ensured that these kids have got adequate food to survive. We have given these kits mainly in areas falling under M ward- Govandi, Trombay, Cheeta Camp, Shivaji Nagar, Mandala, Maharashtra Nagar, Dharavi etc. Some 2000 families have been impacted regularly and the scheme is continuing.


Challenges faced and next steps

As mentioned above, due to Covid, the schools have been shut and so had to find a way to help these kids. So we started distributing Ration kits. We tied up with schools, and the families would come there on an appointed date and time and collect the kits from our team members since it was not possible for us to go to every house. The schools and local leaders in each area were tapped and with their cooperation, we could reach out to these needy children regularly and make sure that they did not go hungry as most of their parents had lost jobs.We propose to continue this drive till the schools open and we would resume the mid-day meal then.


Stories from the ground

One of the child Maithili Koli, whose father was not there, lost her mother during the pandemic. She became an orphan and was shifted to her grandmother's place who are also very poor. Her uncle works in a shop earning Rs. 6000/ a month. So we continued to help her by sending the ration to her house and have now tied up with a shop nearby our new house from where she and her uncle could pick up ration on an appointed day say every 15 days or so. We are also supporting her education. This action has helped her get settled in a new house as she is not a burden there and eased the pain of being an orphan.  


23 March, 2021

Food for Education

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DBM India used to daily provide cooked food / mid-day meals to the underprivileged students of M-ward areas schools.
Due to this pandemic and lockdown, it was difficult to provide cooked food as the schools were shut down. We then started providing grocery items to the families of these children and especially those whose parents had lost their jobs or were daily wagers, auto drivers, etc.
We checked those who don’t have their Ration Cards and are needy were provided the grocery items on every fifteenth day of the month. Till now we have supported some 8000 families.


This provision of grocery items / ration kits have given them support to survive in this difficult situation of lockdown.



5 August, 2020

Giving Wings to Intelligent

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Giving Wings to Intelligent




Navasrushti International Trust follows the 3E (Education, Employment & Empowerment) approach to tackle hunger & poverty. Under the education vertical we have a host of programmes to promote the education of needy and underprivileged communities. One of them is the Scholarship Project under which help is given to these slum children especially girls. There is a huge dropout amongst the underprivileged youth after 10th grade. Till 10th they study in vernacular schools which are situated in the slums itself. Then as the time comes to join junior college / college, most of them drop out for a variety of reasons, chief amongst them being, lack of funds. So every year we select some bright students from the slums after 10th and 12th who are keen on pursuing higher education but cannot afford and offer them a scholarship which covers their college fees, and even the cost of books and in some cases even the travel cost so that the family is not burdened by their education.
We ensure that the children are provided with nutritous meals so as to enable them to focus and give their hundred percent to the studies and other activities. We believe good health is important for the overall growth and development of children.



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