Asha Trust - Project Arogyam

Project Brief: Adequate nutrition for all children.
Project Type: Working with the Government (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Chennai
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Rajaraman Krishnan
Project Partner(s): Bhaskar Venkateswaran
Other Contacts: Bhaskar Venkateswaran
Project Address: , First Floor, 85/2, Luz Avenue, Mylapore,,Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600004
Tel: 91 9444404060
Stewarding Chapter: Chennai
Feb 2023ChennaiINR 500000
Aug 2022ChennaiUSD 8590
Jul 2021ChennaiUSD 5585

Total = $25075

Malnourishment is always a problem in India. Children do not get adequate nutrition and their growth is often stunted. In some of the poorest villages that we work with it is common to see that most of the children would have come to school without having eaten anything in the morning. They will be unable to focus on what is being taught as it gets closer to lunch hour. The midday meal from the school used to be the main meal of the day. School closures affected this as well.

Note that the rations provided have been enhanced during the Covid pandemic. Also dry rations had been sanctioned for the children in lieu of the cooked midday meals. I have heard that the administration has for most part been sensitive and even people who didn’t even have a ration card were given the quota of free rice etc. But in normal times, this free allocation from the government would have been supplemented by some additional purchase by themselves. The economic impact of the lockdowns was that this was also reduced. We were beginning to see that the condition of the children’s nutrition was becoming even worse because of the lockdown.
In January 2021, we decided to start a nutrition program in 7 of our schools – 2 in Thoothukudi and 5 in Thiruvallur as a part of our mini-school effort. In the academic year 2021-22 as the schools remain closed we felt the need to expand the program and bring it under its own project head. As this is a need even during the non-pandemic times, we may continue doing this work as necessary and as funds are available.

Nutrition support for children in places we support.
Asha-Chennai is a chapter of ‘Asha for Education’ based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is run entirely by an action group formed to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children.