“We’re giving food for education and when they are receiving education, they are receiving dignity”
– Miton, Hunger Free World Bangladesh
This video was taken during the first giving trip in April 2012 in the Kaliganji Region of Bangladesh.
Money is collected
Everyone Eats turns an everyday purchase into an opportunity for doing something good – simply by buying an Everyone Eats coffee for an extra 20 cents.
It’s a simple action but it makes a big difference. In Australia 20 cents won’t buy you much but in developing countries like Bangladesh, due to the differences in economies, it’s enough to provide a nutritious meal.
Money is transferred
Our giving partner Hunger Free World Bangladesh
is given the money to deliver the meal.
Hunger Free World Bangladesh has been operating in Bangladesh for over 12 years and has a strong history of establishing community initiatives that encourage organic farming, gender equity, and economic empowerment. Their school meals program is run by locals in the rural region of Kaliganj and utilises local resources wherever possible.
Food is purchased locally
Local people are employed to cook and transport the meal which is made from local produce.
Fresh fruit, vegetables, lentils and rice are sourced from local farmers at the daily market. Other cooking ingredients, such as honey and spices, are purchased from a local co-op food store owned by villagers.
A local chef supported by mothers whose children attend the school prepare all the food. A rickshaw wallah is then employed to transport the meals straight from the kitchen to the school each day.
The meal is given
Breaking the cycle of poverty
You are ensuring that children get at least one nutritious meal per day, and also encouraging them to go to school.
The average daily income for Bangladesh families is US $2 and they may spend up to 75% of this on food. By encouraging a high attendance rate at school, you not only support families, but also help give a child a brighter future through education.
Health check up and nutrition education
Every month a doctor will give the children a health check-up and will run a nutrition education class.
Health check-ups track the children’s progress, while the educational classes teach parents and children ways to maximise their nutritional intake. The benefit of a meal is not just in filling tummies for one day but in improving health and prosperity for a lifetime.