For every bite of food gone waste, there is a life that it could have saved. And for every penny spent so carelessly, theres a possibility of making one life better with the use of that penny. This is the idea of Each One, Feed One.
In an interview with Yasmin Bhadha, CSR Professional, we discussed how Annamrita impacted her life and vice versa.
Over the past 2 years, I have been involved with Annamrita Foundation due to my corporates participation in the Mid-Day Meal Program. However it was only during my personal visit to the schools that the importance of providing Mid-Day meals in schools for underprivileged children hit me. Being a mother of two teenagers, I understand the importance of good nourishment for growing children. My daily thought is Are my children getting good nourishment to see them through the day?
Seeing really small children patiently waiting in their classrooms in municipality schools, or the elder ones rushing out to be first in the line during recess, made me realize this was probably the first meal of the day for many of them.I was also happy to see that there was no fixed quantity served and that each child was welcome to eat as much as he/she desired.
With this began my personal involvement with Annamrita and I felt I wanted to do a little bit more from my side for these children. And thus the seed of Each One, Feed One Crowdfunding Campaign was born, through which we aimed to raise funds for 500 children, by reaching out to 500 people to donate for the meal of one child for one year.Within a very short time we achieved our target ! And many of the donors are so happy with the cause that they plan to donate in future as well. Perhaps my most satisfying moment was when both my children, on hearing about the cause, donated a part of their pocket-money for the Each One, Feed One campaign!
Kudos to the entire Annamrita team for the wonderful work they are doing.Soon you are going to be able to reach out to many, many more children from your new large kitchen in Mumbai and this means many more will have access to your nourishing meals, which will ensure they are getting educated as well.
Meals are something so basic that most of us, privileged, take for granted, it is only when we see their value on an empty stomach do we realise their importance.It is truly a life force especially when created with love and care the way Annamrita does.
I would urge everyone to come forward and see the project and donate their bit for the betterment of a childs future, cause every Rupee counts.
CSR Professional & Champion Fundraiser