GIVE-A-DAY helps malnourished Indian children fill their tummies
A re-routing of around 15% of GIVE-A-DAY funds to assist the government of Rajasthan in its fight against malnutrition has paid dividends for 5,000 children. Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) helped the government implement the pilot phase of the project – and it is now being rolled out across the state.
It is not an easy burden for a girl less than 10 years old to carry. But Tara used to carry her 18 months old younger brother, Lakshman, around the small village, Jogiyon ka Guda, in Western Rajahstan every day asking for handouts. Their father is struggling with alcohol abuse and the mother has to deal with depression so if Lakshman were to eat the responsibility was Tara’s. In early 2016 Lakshman were enrolled in the ‘Positive and Optimum Care of Children through a Social Household Approach for Nutrition’ (POSHAN) initiative.
GIVE-A-DAY funds 50% of pilot project targeting 10,000 malnourished children
POSHAN is a program led by the Government of Rajahstan and the National Health Mission and it is supported by GAIN, UNICEF and Action Contre la Faim (ACF).
It is the first government-led programme for the treatment of acutely malnourished children – and the pilot phase which targeted 10,000 children was funded in part (50%) by BESTSELLER and the GIVE-A-DAY donation that GAIN received in 2015.