This is a pilot project that will provide daily for one month, one bowl of a very highly nutritious porridge to 50 most malnourished children. The beneficiaries of this project will be chosen from the poorest amongst the poor families that Mother Foundation caters to. After that, we would like to extend the program to 100 children, 10 pregnant women and 15 lactating mothers from our villages.
A Bangalore based NGO, known to Dr. Fernandes/Masard, has already formulated this special porridge, and this porridge was fed to their Day Care children most at risk for malnutrition. These children are growing into very healthy kids. With this success story in mind, we shall attempt to undertake this pilot project in our villages.
The ingredients in the Porridge formula are:
- Ragi/finger millet
- Green gram
- Sorghum aka great millet
- Soya bean
- Boiled rice
- Sago aka tapioca pearls
- Groundnut aka peanut
- Cashew nut
- Bengal gram aka yellow lentil
- Kambu aka pearl millet
These above-mentioned ingredients are good sources of protein and high in many beneficial nutrients. Chickpeas, eg, provide for bone and heart health and millet & other specifically chosen grains have low impact on blood sugar. These complex carbs and soluble fiber provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and they have been prepared so that they taste good because of the delicious and wholesome nuts like almonds and cashews that have been added. Participants in the program will be disclosed all the ingredients in case they are allergic to any of the ingredients, like peanuts.
Hungry children suffer from many deficiencies including iron. They are already lethargic going to school. They have shorter attention spans and they often get ill. And when one child comes to class with a cough or a cold, everyone else gets sick because their immune systems are already compromised.
The aim of the pilot Porridge Project is to document the benefits of such a feeding program. We hope to see increased attention span in school, higher functioning school kids, healthier children, and better resistance to contagious diseases like coughs, colds and influenza. And currently, the number one fear is contracting covid.
A large project like this one requires large funding for purchase of the porridge stock and for operational expenses. If you care to fund this project, please click on DONATE and send what you can. No donation is small because even one US dollar goes a long way there. And we know your gift comes from the heart. We also know this: you can donate to any NGO of your choice. So, when you choose us, we feel especially humbled and blessed! God bless you and thank you!