A project that aims to provide nutritious food and bring awareness of healthy and dietary intake in children as well as adults in 3 villages across the state
of Karnataka. The long term goal of this program is to reduce poverty and to provide food security throughout the country. … Secondly, as income improves, poor rural households will be able to afford the additional food that is needed for their household members in order to ensure that the nutritional needs of all are met. The other key program objective is to reduce or prevent a child’s undernutrition (stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies); educate children and improve knowledge about healthy diet and lifestyle habits; improve school enrolment; improve school attendance; improve academic performance; reduce food insecurity and hunger.
According to FAO estimates in ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 189.2 million people are undernourished in India. By this measure, 14% of the population is undernourished in India. Also, 51.4% of women of reproductive age between 15 to 49 years are anemic. Further according to
the report 34.7% of the children aged under five in India are stunted (too short for their age), while 20% suffer from wasting, meaning their weight is too low for their height. Malnourished children have a higher risk of death from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. The Global Hunger Index ranks India at 102 out of 117 countries on the basis of
three leading indicators — prevalence of wasting and stunting in children under 5 years, under 5 child mortality rate, and the proportion of undernourished in the population.
In 2019, Rays of Peace developed numerous projects focusing on nutrition, food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene. We treated 300 children with severe acute malnutrition, provided 80 children with preventive nutrition supplementation. Additionally, 60 children benefitted from our counselling and home visits and received support to tackle malnutrition.
Our teams developed a multi-sectoral project in rural Bangalore and Bellary, using an integrated approach to fight malnutrition. To further improve the impact of our work, we strengthened our collaboration with the local government to increase coordination and develop a deeper sense of mutual responsibility towards tackling malnutrition.
Through ROP’s community feeding program, we fed more than 1500 poor people this year throughout India. We’ve been fighting hunger in this way for more than 15 years. We also regularly distribute rice, milk, and other uncooked staple foods to remote tribal communities that do not receive aid from any other organization. Along with food distribution, our centers often provide free, specialized medical services.