Children's Bhojan - Serving Breakfast

Since 2015 Children Wellbeing Free Service

The project SAI BHOJAN aims at providing nutritional meals to the children.

Most of the families who are below the poverty line and who live in and around Tenkasi work in fields as "coolies" or work in cottage industries such as "beedi" rolling. Due to economic conditions of such families, the parent cannot afford to provide enough nutritional food to their children. So, the children are undernourished. These children, generally, participate in the mid-day meals scheme of the Government of Tamil Nadu. However, these children have little or no breakfast when they go to school. According to the saying "Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body", children need to be healthy to concentrate and excel in their studies without worrying about their food. Mostly due to malnutrition, there are chances that these children mentioned above may not concentrate on their studies. The project "Children's Bhojan Scheme" addresses this malnutrition issue by providing breakfast of nutritional value to these children who come from families that are below poverty line.

Initially the project will provide nutritional breakfast to 100 children and will slowly expand to 300 children. The project started on June 18, 2015 with a humble beginning of feeding 100 children with much needed nutritional breakfast.

During the year 2017-18, around 22,000 meals were served through from this scheme.

Expected outcomes:

  • Qualitative - The children who are provided with the nutritional breakfast will academically do better than they did in the past.
  • Quantitative - The number of children with malnutrition will reduce.

This expectation is corroborated by the fact that 100 children will be added to the project each year.

A review of the participating children’s academic performance will be recorded before they are brought into the program. Subsequently, a study will be undertaken at the end of every academic year to see the effectiveness of the project’s motto "Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body."

In addition, their biological data such as height and weight will be recorded before they are brought into the program. Subsequently, every year their biological data will be recorded and compared to the previous year’s data.

It costs INR 2,000 (Two Thousand Indian Rupees) to feed 100 children per day.