Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic triggering lockdowns around the world, issues in nutrition such as food systems and malnutrition have been heightened and are now more of a global urgency than ever before. Here at Sight and Life, we are working on initiatives in Rwanda, South Africa and India to provide nutritious foods and groceries to the most vulnerable and affected groups.
There are many hungry bellies to feed around the world and we are merely scratching the surface to nourish the vulnerable populations of the world. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic triggering lockdowns around the world, issues in nutrition such as food systems and malnutrition have been heightened and are now more of a global urgency than ever before.
In India, we have partnered with grassroots NGOs across India, such as Aahawaan Foundation, based in Bangalore, and Kutumb, working in Uttar Pradesh, to donate grocery kits and nutritious food to the affected communities.
Kutumb is an organization attending to abandoned and slum children by giving them a sense of family. They are also dedicated to strengthening all units of marginalized and underprivileged families, realizing that children can be nurtured best in a family setting. Together with Kutumb, we provided nutritious food to over 1,500 children with moderate acute malnutrition in 75 villages located in Uttar Pradesh.
In Bangalore, we teamed up with the Aahawaan Foundation who is committed to providing basic requirements and facilitate the development of the overall potential of people and their communities. Together, we delivered 15-day grocery kits with staples and fortified kernels as top-up was delivered to migrant workers and their families ensuring that the nutritional needs are met, beyond just filling stomachs.
Meanwhile, in Delhi, monthly ration kits made it to 200 daily-wage households. The kits contain additional essential supplies such as oil for cooking, grains, lentils, and an egg for a family of four in order to help ease the pain of many in unfortunate situations.
Continuing our outreach, together with Africa Improved Foods we delivered 10 MT of Super Cereal, a porridge rich in protein and micronutrients, to over 600 vulnerable households in Gasabo and Kicukiro in Kigali, Rwanda. Over 80,000 meals were provided to communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation is estimated to have cost USD $20,000 (Rwf19 million).
Sight and Life teamed up with long-time partner Bambanani, a humanitarian organization based in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa, to deliver fortified food to those children affected by school closings. We delivered 6 weeks’ worth of Level Up by Activelite, a daily breakfast enriched with vitamins and minerals, to 600 South African children and their families through the Bambanani network of schools. Level Up product is also fed to children that are diagnosed with HIV to get back on their feet, full of energy, and live their lives like normal children.
Sight and Life has also provided 2.5MT (50,000 servings) of Level Up by Activelife to Savanna to distribute to home-based care centers, nursing homes and schools.