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37 School, 4500 Kids, 1 Meal Everyday
Millions of children in India go to bed hungry because their parents/guardians are not able to purchase food for them. Most of them drop out from schools so that they can help their parents and supplement the family income.
Ratna Nidhi Charitable trust’s Food for Education program distributes free food prepared at our kitchens on a daily basis, to poor children if they attend any formal or non-formal educational class. It thus combines food with education - we now have a child who is educated and well-fed also. The programme has been very effective in arresting the drop-out rate in schools.
From 1998 till now we have distributed over 2.5 crore meals.
Manisha Khando Wankhede
School: Prabhu Seminary High School, Girgaum | Class: 8 | Favorite Meal: Red Rice and Green Peas| Dreams: To be a Police Woman.
Fourteen-year-old Manisha hails from a slum community in Cuffe Parade.Her father works as a driver while her mother does tailoring at home and takes orders for customers. Both the parents strive hard to make ends meet and to give the best to their children.
Her family is reeling under huge debt and have loans to pay back. Growing up seeing struggle at a young age, has made Manisha extremely mature and sensitive.
Manisha steps into school on an empty stomach without any breakfast in the morning. She shares “The meal provided by Ratna Nidhi is the first meal of the day. The food enables me to concentrate well in class and study well. My family is happy knowing that their daughter is receiving a good education and healthy meal every single day.”
She loves studying and dreams to become a police woman as she grows up. She has planned her next step into the college she wants to join and is willing to work and study, to ease her parents off their financial burdens.
Ratna Nidhi’s meal maybe a small drop in the large ocean of her life. However, it is a key contributor in helping her stay nourished and pursue her education despite all odds.
Here are the name of 49 schools that recieve our nutritious meals.
1. Abhinav School, Trombay
2. Ashok High School, Girgaum
3. Baljeevan Study class & Resource center, Vakola
4. Chikitsak Samuh Shirodkar Vidyalaya, Girgaum
5. G.A.Ranade School. Girgaum
6. Gyansadhana School, Govandi
7. Kherwadi Welfare Center, Bandra E
8. Lilavati Laljee Dayal High School, Girgaum
9. MGM School, Govandi
10. Maharashtra Vidyalaya, Mankhurd
11. National School, Ghatkopar E
12. Oasis India, Kamathipura hub, Mumbai Central
13. Prabhu Seminary High School, Charni Rd
14. Sahakari Vidyalaya, Tardeo
15. SL & SS High School, Charni Road
16. Sundatta High School, Tardeo
17. Sunrise School, Govandi
18. Tasneem High School, GovandiUnion High School, Batch I, Girgaum
19. Union High School, Batch II, Girgaum
20. Shri Sai Trust K.C.Matunga Balwadi Mun.School, Matunga
21. Shivaji Rao Shendge Vidyalaya , Govandi
22. Shivneri – Educare School, Govandi
23. Happy Childrens School, Govandi
24. Aasra Welfare Balwadi, Bandra W
25. Fidai Diamond Jubilee School, Andheri W
26. Support, Outreach center, VT station
27. SPRJ Trust Kanyashala , Ghatkopar W
28. SPRJ Trust Junior College, Ghatkoper W
29. Jeevan Dhara, Balwadi I, Govandi
30. Jeevan Dhara, Balwadi II, Govandi
31. YWCA, Study Class I Mumbai Central
32. YWCA, Study Class II Mumbai Central
33. Adarsh Foundation, Study Class, Kurla
34. Adarsh Nagar Night School, Prabhadevi
35. Agarkar Night School, Worli Naka
36. Bharati Vidya Mandir Night School, Worli Naka
37. Maharashtra Night Jr.College, Mumbai Central
38. Maratha Mandir Night School, Worli BDD chawl
39. Modern Night School, Mumbai Central
40. Sane Guruji Night School, Bandra W
41. Utkarsh Night School, Worli BDD chawl
42. YJS Night School, Tardeo
43. Social Service League Night School & Junior College, Parel
44. Kirti Night High School, Sewree
45. Model Night High School,King Circle
46. Nanaware Night School,Wadala E
47. Sarvajanik Night School, Dadar- Mahim
48. Dnyanvikas Night High School,Sion E
49. Gurunath Night High School , Sion E