Biarienu Food Program
To see every child learn and grow to their full potential by eating a nutritious lunch at school every day.
The Biarienu Food Program (Come and Eat) started in 2014 to provide a nutritious breakfast/lunch to poor school-going children who cannot afford a day’s meal. It feeds more than 100 children every school day.
It is very difficult to teach a hungry child. It is like trying to fetch water with a basket. This is our experience in TELA schools. Many of our children come to school without food as their parents or carers could not afford to buy any.
One day, I helped to share food with our children who came to school that day without a lunch pack. During the exercise, I noticed a child was sobbing uncontrollably, covering his face with his hands. Although he had been given his own share, he was not eating the food. I then took him to the privacy of my office and tried to calm him down. After he was calm, I asked him what was the problem and if he doesn’t like the food. He said to me, “When you were sharing the food I remembered my mother.” I asked him what happened to his mother and he said, “She died when I was a baby”. I inquired about his father and he said, “I do not know who my father was”. At that moment, I felt like pouring into this boy’s heart the love of a thousand mothers.
- To provide nutritious breakfast to school children in remote villages.
- To advocate awareness of the interconnection between Child nutrition and Education and the need for every child in our world to learn with a healthy body.