“There are many school-going children who do not have proper breakfast in the morning. With an empty stomach how can they study? Children are the next generation youth and it our responsibility to nurture them right from the beginning. Children who either cannot afford or are not being served breakfast at home, should not go hungry to the school as it is detrimental to their physical and mental health.”
Nourishing the Nation through Nutrition
The Annapoorna Breakfast Programme was started in July 2012, under Bhagawan’s guidance, to provide nutritious breakfast, free of cost, to underprivileged children in the outskirts of Bangalore. To begin with, children of a small school from Doddabelle village were served breakfast every morning. Soon it was noticed that the children’s attendance improved, attention span went up, there were fewer dropouts, and their overall happiness quotient went up.
Motivated by the results, more schools were adopted. And what started as a service initiative benefitting about 50 children has now grown to embrace more than 8,000 children across 120 centres in six Indian states.
It is said it takes a village to raise a child. To ensure that children continue to reap the benefits of healthful breakfast, Team Annapoorna reaches out to their village as a community. They have adopted a four-pronged inclusive approach, modelled on the 4Vs of Vidya, Vaidya, Vaari and Vidyuth, to enable rural uplift and transformation.
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