Bigger and Better Kitchen for Mid Day Meals

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A huge fraction of the families in Nepal are surviving with an income of NRs. 100 (less than 1 USD) daily. Lower class families depend on daily wage for survival not only in the remote villages, but also in urban and semi-urban areas of Nepal including the capital city, Kathmandu. Because of economic backwardness and low income, these families are also deprived in terms of education. Children from economically backward families are often enrolled in community schools or government –run schools in Nepal. These schools provide free education and run with government support. However, due to poor infrastructures, insufficient teaching staffs and lack of resources, the children are not motivated to attend school. In addition to this, one of the main reason behind for absence and discontinuity of school is due to the hunger issue.

 According to our survey, people who enroll their children to government school are usually those with the lower income bracket. So, the parents cannot afford to provide quality or nutritional meals for their children. These children lack nutritious diet which affects their overall growth which is the major reason behind undernourishment.  We often hear cases of children fainting in classrooms due to hunger and undernourished.  A lot of children either run away from school during lunch break or stay at home working with their parents in farms or household for their daily food for survival.

Nepal is a nation of about 30 million inhabitants is beset with a range of development and humanitarian challenges, from endemic poverty to widespread under-nutrition, and ranks 144 out of 188 countries in the U.N.’s 2015 Human Development Index. In Nepal, 26.6 percent of the population (7,493 thousand people) are multidimensional poor while an additional 14.4 percent live near multidimensional poverty (4,048 thousand people). The breadth of deprivation (intensity) in Nepal, which is the average deprivation score experienced by people in multidimensional poverty, is 43.7 percent. The MPI (Multi-Dimensionally Poverty Index), which is the share of the population that is multidimensional poor, adjusted by the intensity of the deprivations, is 0.116 according to U.N.’s 2014 Human Development Index.

Nepal’s humanitarian challenges stem from a confluence of factors including routine inflation, rising food prices, recurring natural disasters such as droughts, floods, landslides and a massive earthquake in 2015. Undernutrition is a significant, widespread problem in Nepal, with nearly 30% of all children under five years of age suffering from the condition in 2011. Geographic constraints and poor governance contribute to the persistence of Nepal’s high rates of malnutrition, as do poverty, development gaps, armed conflicts, poor hygiene and care practices, insufficient household food consumption, and widespread vitamin deficiencies. Thirty-two districts in Nepal were classified as food insecure in 2010 by the U.N.’s World Food Program, representing nearly 3.5 million inhabitants who struggle to secure regular access to adequate food.

Food For Life Nepal (FFLN) started in 2015 to develop nutrition and health programs to address Nepal’s endemic childhood malnutrition. Our current efforts in Budhanilkantha area, have provided nutritional care for 1,600 underprivileged children with one wholesome meal daily, and we’re expanding our efforts to help meet the country’s significant nutritional needs.

Impacts: Today, the children receiving FFLN’s mid-day meal has grown significantly from 18 Children to 1600+ daily. Attendance has been noted to almost 100% ,  health conditions have improved and children are  encouraged to attend schools, increasing the enrollment rates even in government-run schools.

Beneficiaries: Serving 11 community schools in Budhanilkantha Municipality, Kathmandu.

 Our target by the end of 2018 is to include all 19 government-run schools of Budhanilkantha Municipality, where a majority of deprived children lack food for their health and education.

Current Issue: However, on the other hand, FFLN operates in a small kitchen work-space to prepare fresh, delicious and nutritive mid-day meals. Due to its smaller scale, the capacity of preparing more meals with the given resources is limited. This kitchen has the capacity to typically cook up to 2,000 meals at a given time. It is very important to increase the number of meals daily to address the current need of nutritious food to end malnutrition and hunger.

 Our vision is to ensure that: “No child in Nepal shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” Thus, it is vital to construct a bigger and better kitchen to increase the efficiency and eventually to increase the number of mid-day meals served on a daily basis.


 I am working with the official FOOD FOR LIFE NEPAL team. All the proceeds from this endeavor will directly go to FOOD FOR LIFE NEPAL for the underprivileged children.

 Here are our contact numbers for any questions and query:

+977 9801080108 – Brijesh Lacoul (Director, Food for Life Nepal). E-mail: [email redacted].np

+977 9801205727 – Rupesvara Gaura Das (ISKCON Nepal Budhanilkantha, President). E-mail: [email redacted] 

+91 9910576903 – Patri Das (Co- Regional Secretary , ISKCON Nepal). E-mail: [email redacted] 

 +977 9801155838 – Apara Thapa Bhattarai (head of Operations, Food For Life Nepal). E-mail: [email redacted].np

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