Don’t Let Kids Go Hungry! Raise Funding To Tackle Malnutrition
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“With just Rs 3.86 allocated per day per child at government primary schools in Bihar, the khichdi served for the mid-day meal at Rajkiya Prathmik Vidyalaya in Araria’s Gokhlapur is a watery affair. But on February 10, Kasheeda, a Class V student, made the mistake of asking for a second helping. The 12-year-old was allegedly hit, and when her father Mohammed Shagir protested, he too was allegedly kicked. Hours later, Shagir died.”
http://indianexpress.com/ article/india/india-news- india/girl-hit-for-asking- more-of-mid-day-meal-father- killed-for-protesting/
Like Kasheeda there are lakhs of poor children, who depend heavily on initiatives like the mid-day meal scheme for nourishment. With just Rupees 3.86 allocated per child per day - vulnerable children are not being served the nutritious food that they need. The inadequacy of funding also leads to lack of trust between the schools and the communities they serve and consequently social unrest of the above type.
The state of malnutrition in children in India is disturbing. One in every three children is underweight and 4 out of every 10 are stunted. These are statistics unbecoming of a nation trying to assert itself on the global stage. This is a matter of national pride and each and every one of us should take responsibility in rectifying it.
Do you think it is fair to expect young children to be at their best without enough nutrition? Don’t you think it is time to bury the scourge of malnutrition?
Let us all come together to urge Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi:
- To tackle malnutrition from the ground up
- For a comprehensive approach to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for eradication of all forms of malnutrition by 2030
- Bolster proven schemes like Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) and build a nation of healthy and educated individuals.
With 35% of its 1.2 billion people under the age of 18, India needs to invest in its children’s health to become a significant force on the global stage.
Let us show strength in numbers by signing this petition and show our support for need in institutional intervention to address this affliction.
Let us leave a better, brighter future for the children of India. The problem is enormous, but not insurmountable. Let us not sit on the sidelines and watch vulnerable children waste away due to lack of will. We must do our part in correcting this. Let us take pride in leaving a better India and world for future generations. The time to act is NOW.
Please sign this petition to show your support and together we will build a strong nation where malnutrition is a thing of the past.
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