Our friends at Dhaka Tribune featured Thrive Filling the food gap.
Six million Bangladeshi children attend classes hungry each day. In honour of World Food Day on October 16, Kludio will partner with Thrive to help bring this number down. From October16 to 22, Kludio App users can add any amount of taka to their order and the support will go directly to support Thrive’s mission of delivering healthy food to hungry children and their families.
“At Kludio, the focus is to create food and a service ecosystem that customers will love, we care about how people feel when they order food,” said CEO Kishwar Hashemee. “The partnership between Kludio and Thrive is a perfect match. We’re both focused on improving lives and the planet through food delivery,” added Priscilla Heffelfinger, co-founder and CEO of Thrive.
Read the full article here: Filling the food gap
We were so thrilled when we found out that The Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, Inc. (FAWCO) wanted to interview our co-founder and CEO, Priscilla Heffelfinger, for the Fall issue of their newsletter Inspiring Women: Women Who Persist, Part I. In it, Priscilla talks about the opportunities that can come from always asking “Why not?”, the mutual give-and-take nature of Thrive, and overcoming criticism. The issue also featured American women living around the world and making a difference in their own ways.
We’ve included the entire issue below, but you can hop on over to page 9 to read Priscilla’s interview!
Source: Inspiring Women Fall 2018
Our friends at Dhaka Tribune featured Thrive just in time for our five-year anniversary:
It started with a simple delivery of 250 bananas to a school in a Korail neighbourhood. Five years later, Thrive delivers more than 3,750 meals to schoolchildren in Bangladesh and the Philippines weekly, bringing smiles and hope to kids full of promise and potential but low on nutrition.
To celebrate the anniversary, Thrive’s founders Gina Gabel and Priscilla Heffelfinger, and Thrive board members Sadia Moyeen, Amna Rahman, and Kanwal Bhagat will come together in Dhaka all at once for the first time to reconnect with the school children.
Thrive will join Esrat Karim from the Amal Foundation and visit a Rohingya Refugee Camp in Teknaf to pack food for families fleeing Myanmar’s violence.
Read the full article here: Fighting child hunger: Thrive’s five-year journey
Smiles on, soap in hand, waiting for water.
This post is a written reflection by Ashley Spurlock, Manila, Philippines.
This is Thrive: This morning, two friends and I went to an area of Manila called Smokey Mountain. I’ve visited Smokey Mountain before, and each time I go it opens my heart a little more.
Apple? Check. Peanuts? Check.
Today I gave a little boy a bath while his aunt bathed his brother. These boys wear no clothes, they are covered in dirt from head to toe. They have no one to call “mama” and it breaks my heart. What can I do to help these babies?
Splashing around with chicks.
It can be overwhelming because the need is so great. However, sometimes it’s the simple things that can mean so much; an apple, a handful of peanuts, washing little hands with soap and water. They smile, they play, they laugh with their friends. For today, that’s enough. Thankful for this experience.
Thrive will be visiting Smokey Mountain on a weekly basis. If you would like to join us on a delivery, let us know! We’d love to have you!
Last May, Thrive partnered with the Progressive Assistance of Canada (PAC), a nonprofit that assists the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life. Thrive is supporting the health and nutrition component of PAC’s Play and Catch-up program, which is primarily designed to develop literacy, numeracy, and social skills of children living in Barangay 128 of Tondo, Manila, an area more known as Old Smokey Mountain.
In an effort to continue Thrive’s philosophy with nourishing the mind, we provide healthy breakfast which includes hard boiled eggs, bananas, seasonal fruits, and potable water every Sunday. Soap and clean water for proper hand washing are also given.
PAC Founder Philippe Blanchard worked closely with Barangay Counselor Albin Salamat in creating this academic program which gathers around 75 children per session. In addition, the program features hygiene and nutrition education and opportunities to create art, play games, and make friends.
It has been wonderful to team up for a common goal. Thanks PAC for letting us join to continue helping the children of Manila.
Marylu Fryberger, a Madonna University graduate, former kindergarten teacher from Livonia, Michigan, and a stay-at-home mom in the Philippines will be leading Thrive into a new frontier: The slums of Manila.
Marylu, Priscilla Hefflefinger, Thrive co-founder, and Cindy Bryson, an expat with extensive experience in slum communities, have been delivering food to the 200 children living on top of a landfill within the Happyland slums, that many refer to as Trash Mountain, since April. Marylu says she is “thrilled to be working closely with these great women to serve a community of families whose lives will be forever changed by our work. To look at all the wonderful things Thrive already does in Dhaka, gives me great hope for the children of Manila.”
Marylu’s family has joined our efforts, too. Her children, James and MaryJane, have raised funds and distributed food to children served by the project. “There is nothing that makes me more proud than to see my children helping others. They truly have learned that being selfless and caring for others is one of life’s greatest lessons.”
Although Marylu misses the kids in her classroom, she finds great joy in tending to the nutritional and hygiene needs of children of Trash Mountain. “Although, teaching kindergarteners has always been my passion, life has blessed me with this opportunity to be with the families here and share their passion for living! I am truly grateful for this learning experience and opportunity to get to know the local cultural of my host country.”
“I have always been a person who has thought with my heart and worked for peace. The biggest struggle for me when I go to the mountain, to the orphanage, or any of the slums is that fact that I can’t do it all! I always remind myself to think about the things the children do have and the smiles on their faces when they see us, rather than all the things they do not have!”
And that’s a lesson for all of us.