09 December 2014

Blog to Feed a Child - 4th post


Every child should be given the right to grow up and become a productive citizen. This will not happen unless, at the very least, basic food needs are met. Ending childhood hunger should be a national priority. -- Pamela Sue Martin, actress

They say,"Children close their ears to advice but open their eyes to example."

As I said in my previous posts,when the parents take the necessary steps to make a difference in someone's life , kids are naturally instilled and inspired by the examples set thereby.And when kids are inspired ,they will have a natural tendency always to create or support any cause worthy of.

It all can start from their own home ,right from respecting,valuing and never wasting any food in the first place. Understanding that, someone somewhere is dying for that leftover food.

Secondly,parents can celebrate their kids birthday by arranging a b'day party, where the invitees are requested to bring gifts that will be totally donated to the local schools or centers dedicated to the welfare of poor and unprivileged kids.

Parents can also donate online and make some other kid's day simultaneously.

Parents can request the Principal or teachers to participate or support the child development programs like Akshaypatra's and play a significant role in assuring meals to the under privileged kids in local schools.Children should be further encouraged to volunteer for the same.

I wish every school in India would support such cause involving the dedicated collaboration of teachers and students.Like on Children's day,every children are suppose to bring cash or kind like clothes,toys,books,study materials,stationery,fresh/nonperishable food items etc that will be donated by the school to the child welfare organizations.

College students can donate money as much as they can at their food cafeteria while buying their lunch/meals.They can arrange food drives as well.

Organizations like Akshyapatra conducts various kinds of fundraising programs involving kids/college students like arts and crafts,exhibitions,sports events  etc ,so apt schools/colleges and  even communities can participate and boost their good cause and make a remarkable difference.

Teenagers/Young adults can volunteer for such organizations in myriad ways.

I want to highlight what Hollywood actress ,Drew Barrymore said, "Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing – but it works miracles.School feeding not only fills stomachs, but has a proven track record of boosting enrollment, attendance and academic performance. I can’t think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry."

I hope, may we all have this mentality for every child out there and let us set examples /footsteps for the next generation to follow/stay inspired and do the needful.

These are some of the ways I believe children can also take an active part to help fight child hunger and help a child to grow and live well somewhere.

"Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education." ~ Alice Waters

P.S.This is a part of Blogadda and Akshaya Patra's collaborative effort “Blog to Feed a Child” theme where any blog post contributed for the same cause, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year.

So,I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.