Jackson, NJ 08527, USA
Rosalie Giffoniello, Co-founder
Many parents of slum-dwelling children do not value education due to their own illiteracy. Often a free well-balanced meal is the primary motive for sending their children to school. EMPOWER THE CHILDREN provides a nutritious lunch to 300 students six days a week. Consequently, these children are healthier, happier, and better able to concentrate. They look forward to school, are seldom absent and request shorter holidays.
Benoy Badal Dinesh (BBD) School
Children who attend the BBD School live in plastic-covered hovels alongside a polluted river. Living under such harsh conditions, parents often prefer that their children earn a few rupees — by working or begging — rather than go to school.
BBD School, with its thatched and leaking roof, does not offer any physical comforts. But for hungry children, the free daily lunch provided by EMPOWER THE CHILDREN serves as a compelling reason to attend school. These hearty and filling meals have greatly improved the students’ overall health and wellbeing.
Nehru Colony Preschool, Atmaraksha Preschool & Nevidita Preschool
EMPOWER THE CHILDREN sponsors daily lunch programs at three pre-schools because it supports the idea of awakening the joy of learning in very young children. Nehru Colony, Atmaraksha and Nevidita are located in different slums around Kolkata.
Preyrona Schools II & III
In addition to literacy and vocational programs EMPOWER THE CHILDREN provides nutritious lunches for children ages 5 – 15 at Preyrona Schools II & III.