SAJIDA Foundation Press Release

SAJIDA Foundation Press Release

SAJIDA FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH THRIVE TO FEED EVERY STUDENT
AT APON ALO SCHOOL FOR NINE MONTHS

– SAJIDA Sponsorship Delivers Food Security During Tumultuous Times –
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 6 November 2022 – SAJIDA Foundation and Thrive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering healthy food to hungry children, announced a partnership to provide meals to all the schoolchildren of Apon Alo School (Rayer Bazar, Dhaka) from 1st of October, 2022, until 30th of June, 2023.

“As the world food supply faces tumultuous times, SAJIDA wants to ensure that students who could be most impacted by this instability will continue receiving healthy meals every day,” said Muhymin Chowdhury, Director, Impact Investments, Partnerships, and Communications, of SAJIDA Foundation. He added – “SAJIDA’s early roots are in education, and we understand the relationship between good nutrition and the ability to learn. By investing in healthy meals, we are investing in the education of these students to help them reach their potential.”

Thrive has been delivering meals to schools since its inception ten years ago. Knowing that SAJIDA has made a long-term commitment to a school in one of the poorest areas of Bangladesh allows Thrive to focus on expanding its reach to additional children in need.

“SAJIDA is truly a model partner. Their understanding of the importance of consistency in delivering meals, and willingness to essentially “adopt” a school for nine months, is exactly the kind of commitment that makes a real difference, both for our organization and the schoolchildren they are feeding,” said Priscila Heffelfinger, Co-founder and Executive Director of Thrive.

This collaboration is the latest in a successful partnership between Thrive and SAJIDA. The organizations previously fed 400 children in three Bangladesh schools (including Apon Alo) from May to August 2022. In March 2021, SAJIDA, Thrive, and the Amal Foundation partnered to bring emergency food relief to Rohingya families displaced by a devastating fire in the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.

ABOUT SAJIDA FOUNDATION
SAJIDA Foundation is a value-driven non-profit which embodies the principle of corporate philanthropy, with 51% shareholding of Renata Ltd, one of the fastest-growing pharmaceutical and animal health product company in Bangladesh. The organisation founded in 1993, aims to empower communities, catalyse entrepreneurship, foster equity and establish enterprises for good with an overarching vision of ensuring health, happiness, and dignity for all. SAJIDA’s operation in Bangladesh has touched over 6 million individuals through multi-sectoral development programs with a key focus on poverty alleviation, community healthcare, and climate change, one of the largest financial service operation and specialized healthcare enterprises. For more information, https://sajidafoundation.org/

ABOUT THRIVE
Founded in 2012, Thrive’s mission is to deliver healthy food to hungry children in the poorest areas of the world. Thrive partners with schools to provide more than 12,000 meals to schoolchildren each week in Bangladesh and the Philippines. These efforts help improve nutrition, boost school attendance, and increase readiness to learn. Just $10 feeds a child a nutritious meal each school day for an entire month, and each meal provides 50% of a child’s daily nutritional needs via seasonal fruits (including Thrive’s signature banana), vegetables, and protein. In the past ten years, Thrive has delivered nearly three million nutritious meals. For more information, visit www.thrive-global.org.

Contacts:
Sarah Iqbal
Sr. Coordinator, Impact Investments & Partnerships
[email protected]
+8801777773083

Priscilla Heffelfinger
Executive Director, Thrive
[email protected]
WhatsApp +14028530163

Akhi Sharmin
Operation Manager, Thrive-BD
[email protected]
+8801676905388

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Piet Van’s classes are from kindergarten to grade five. Last year 20 students passed grade five, and they were admitted to other schools. Piet Van is now taking new students for kindergarten. The School Director reports that everyone enjoys their classes, especially their drawing class.

Each meal cost $0.50 per student. The standard meals, which were delivered five days a week, included a banana, seasonal fruit or vegetable such as guava, dates, cucumber, and eggs. Once a week students received milk and popular local snacks, such as shingara and chana, which contain nutrient-rich vegetables. We added jujube to the menu, a fruit grown locally and packed with Vitamin C.

If you would like to help us continue supporting Piet Van, please do consider donating again or setting up a recurring monthly donation. For just $10 you can help feed a child at Piet Van for an entire month. These children are incredibly bright and look forward to going to school every day. With your support, we can ensure that they receive the brain fuel they need to be focused and ready to learn.

Please donate at <strong>https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/feed-a-school-in-the-dhaka-slums-for-100-days/</strong>

Thank you for your support!

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