“One More Feather”
Hope you all had a good summer and are ready for an equally eventful fall and winter. The children whom we serve are also back in schools. Their challenges are many, but these disadvantaged children persevere and so do we.
Pakistan has been through one the most devastating floods in its history and the aftereffects of this calamity continue to ripple out to more and more people. This misfortune has also affected FEF in the shape of soaring food prices. However, our resolve remains unaffected, and we continue our journey towards fulfilling our vision:
“To improve child learning and health by eradicating malnutrition and hunger in underprivileged school”.
Despite the difficult macro trends, we are pleased to share some progress we’ve been able to make over the last few months.
One More School!
We have added a 4th school in our network on the 6th of October. This too is a government school in the vicinity of our first kitchen in Baldia/Orangi town, named ‘Government Primary School Bismillah Mubarak’. The enrollment in the school is upwards of 400 but the attendance is around 280 – however we have seen that the provision of school meals has a trickle up effect on attendance. With this new school we are now serving 840 meals every day. Alhamdulillah!
Happy 2nd Anniversary
FEF’s second anniversary arrived in September. Reflecting upon what we set out to do and where we are, we would like to recognize that we are happy with our pace – each step that we take is deliberate and sure footed. On this anniversary we are happy to share with you, what we think is a watershed moment for us, the incorporation of FEF in USA. Yay! Through FEF USA, we will be able to reach out to more people in North America. We have also received tax exemption status which is generally known as 501 (c) (3) status in the USA. This will allow our donors there to claim exemption of income tax for their donations to us
“School meals are an investment and the return on investment is astoundingly high.”
– Sophie Healy-Thow, GAIN Youth Advocate at the recent School Meals Coalition Week, a virtual event held on Oct 10-14
As always, we are grateful to all of you out there cheering for us and spreading our message to others.
WITH WARM REGARDS, THANK YOU!