Annapoorna Trust in collaboration with ‘Rural India Supporting Trust’ (RIST) and ‘Partnerships For Change’ (PFC) has been reaching out to support the families of 15000 Government Mid-Day Meal (MDM) cooks.
As a part of this relief programme during Phase-III of the project, 543 needy families in in Tamil Nadu received 1 Month dry ration kits.
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Second wave of covid has affected people of all walks of life & has hit hard without giving much notice. Mid-day meal cooks were the ones who have filled the stomachs of children in Govt. schools during pre-covid times. These cooks, labourers and their families were one of the first affected category of people rendering them without a job in hand. Helping the lower strata of society on the path of post covid recovery and assisting them in building back better, it became our responsibility and duty to first address their needs during this pandemic.
In Dindigul, distribution of grocery kits took place on 20-Sept at NPR Govt High school, Ayyampalayam in the presence of Lion’s club Rainbow Arimasangam members: Sri. R M Rajasekar-Charter President, Sri. N Senthil Kumar-President, Sri. R Muthu Kumaran & Sri. L Saravanan-secretary. Also present were Smt. Renuga Parimala-NPR School HM, Smt. P Susila-Asst HM, Sri. Dr R Alagarsamy – Sri Sathya Sai Meenakshi Niketanam Chairman, Sri. V Sabari Giri – Sri Sathya Sai Meenakshi Niketanam Secretary, Sri. Sai Bhaskar – Relationship manager, Annapoorna Trust, Sri. Alagappan – Annapoorna volunteer. Dry ration kits were distributed to sixty covid-19 affected families.
Sai Bhaskar spoke on the occasion, “I am Sai Bhaskar from Bengaluru, and I represent Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna trust. From Dindigul, Sri Alagarsamy and Sri Sabari Giri are representing Annapoorna Trust. My gratitude to the honourable guests from Rainbow Arima Lions Club. Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust in collaboration with ‘Rural India Supporting Trust’ (RIST) and ‘Partnerships For Change’ (PFC) have sponsored one-month dry ration kits for all the needy students’ family in NPR Govt. School. We at Sri Sathya Annapoorna Trust serve healthy and nutritious breakfast to more than 5,00,000 children in 6000+ schools across 17 States and 3 Union Territories in India. We are looking forward to starting our SaiSure multi-nutrient health mix distribution in Tamil Nadu as well. SaiSure has micro & macro nutrients along with necessary vitamins & minerals which are required for the proper upbringing of children. This must be mixed in hot water or milk and served to children. This health mix enables them to focus on studies well. There is another variant of SaiSure with milk solids which can be consumed by mixing it with only hot water. We are currently in talks with the Government of Tamil Nadu to come up with a formal agreement. Currently we are providing one-month dry ration to the needy families who are severely affected by the COVID pandemic. We kindly request to collect the provisions and make effective use of it for you & your families. Would like to provide a small token of advice to all the students present here. Once you all grow up and get settled in life, you should also help others like what we are all doing today. Thank you.”
One of the beneficiaries spoke, “Due to COVID pandemic we underwent many difficulties, we did not have even two proper meals per day, our children were worst hit as they could not attend schools and missed the mid-day meal due to closure of schools. They had to depend on whatever was available to feed on at home. My husband and myself did not have any job from past two years due to COVID & had to depend on the kindness shown by others. Today these provisions provided to us is a life saver and many thanks to all who are providing food to us. We would never forget your benevolence; my wish is to make my children study well and do well in their life so that they do not suffer like us in future. Please help us to achieve this objective of our life. Thanks again.
In Dharmapuri, programme took place on 20-Sept in the presence of Sri. Dr Senthil Kumar – Member of Parliament Dharmapuri, Sri. Ponmudi – District education officer, Sri. Sathyanarayana – Annapoorna Trustee, Sri. Santosh Allath – Annapoorna National co-ordinator & Sri. Chockalingam – Annapoorna co-ordinator, Tamil Nadu. Four hundred and eighty-three grocery kits were provided to government school students & their families, cooks, labourers in Pethathampatti village.
Sri. Ponmudi who is a District Education Officer at Harur expressed his heartfelt gratitude on behalf of education department towards RIST & Annapoorna Trust and said, ”the main reason for this service is to help the children who are studying in Government schools. The education department expresses its thanks once again for assisting the Government school children.” He finally concluded his talk by informing the children to develop their health by utilizing the food items provide by the Trust.
Sri. Senthil Kumar who is Member of Parliament at Dharmapuri shared more light on the activities of the Annapoorna Trust. He apprised the audience of Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust of having started its operation in Karnataka state by providing nutritional health mix and breakfast at the Government schools. He said, “Even in Our state of Tamil Nadu, Annapoorna Trust has been providing breakfast and SaiSure multi nutrient at multiple places including Pethathampatti in Dharmapuri district. Thus, they have expanded the services to several states and union territories in India.” He updated the people that, each grocery kit costs Rs.1300/-.
Sri. Saravanan Kumar who is working as a teacher at Ajjampatty Govt. school, welcomed this great move to serve the families of Government school students and said this was a great support to all students.
Smt. Bharathi, a teacher at Gopinathampatti, was grateful for bringing these kinds of activities to their village. She thanked all those who were instrumental in creating this opportunity.
Each grocery kit consists of 10kg of rice, 2kg wheat, 2kg rava, 1kg toor dal, 1ltr cooking oil, 2 kg chana dal, 50gms mustard, and 2 packets of vermicelli.
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