This initiative is undertaken in one of the most backward forested and naxal effected district of Hazaribag district of Jharkhand state of India.
This initiative is about empowering community, ensuring nourishment to underprivileged children especially girl children, fostering a collaborative interaction between the rich and the poor, reducing child mortality, arresting child marriages, accelerating rural urban continuum and enhancing participation of civil society in shaping its future.
This initiative has complemented the government’s effort of improving the nutritional and health status of deprived class.
The reach of administration is indeed limited as of now and the penetration of government programmes in deep interior areas is still yet to be achieved. As a result, many poor families living is those areas are untouched.
In Hazaribag district, which is extremely low in terms of socio-economic indicators, when the administration tried to get a feel of the health status of poor children, the observations were surprising and sympathetic as thousands of children were found to be severely acute malnourished when a survey was undertaken to account the number of children.
Due to the absence of a balanced diet to these children, many of them were found suffering from SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) syndrome. This malnutrition has finally resulted in various deficiency diseases to which the children were inflicted with. Prominent among them were Kwashiorkor and Marasmus, which were caused due to the deficiency of protein in their diet. Due to these diseases, there was a complete lack of physical developments of their bodies. Their bodies showed extreme wasting of muscles, swollen abdomens, very thin physique, protruding eyes, complete loss of bone strengthening, and scaly skin along with loss of immunity against other diseases.
Similarly, diseased due to deficiency of micro nutrients, vitamins and minerals were also prevalent. Night Blindness, Pellagra, Beriberi, Rickets, Scurvy, anemia, hemorrhage, dysentery etc. were the few examples.
Parents of these children were definitely not in a position to provide a diet with the sufficient presence of necessary food nutrients. Hence, their children were bound to suffer from an erratic growth full of life threatening diseases.
Children are the future of tomorrow. They are the foundations on which any society, state or nation builds the towers of development. Hence, a healthy childhood has a direct co-relation with the economy of the country. The presence of a huge number of malnourished children in the district was a clear indication that the future of the country is in hot waters. In order to prevent the same and to increase the reach of government, the district administration took this initiative to save the unfortunate children from the cruel clutches of malnutrition.
The initiative was exemplary as it turned out to be highly effective in raising the confidence of administration in the eyes of the public.