AT APON ALO SCHOOL FOR NINE MONTHS
– SAJIDA Sponsorship Delivers Food Security During Tumultuous Times –
“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/
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.
Sr. Coordinator, Impact Investments & Partnerships
Executive Director, Thrive
Operation Manager, Thrive-BD