Prevent Malnourishment of Children in Deprived Musahar Community

By Rural Organization for Social Advancement (ROSA)

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Musahar community in Uttar Pradesh is one of the poorest of the poor communities in India. Due to their identity, historically the community had been relegated to living in forest areas and catching rats for livelihood and were often denied any other work or source of income. Sheer deprivation historically had led to the community surviving on a subsistence diet of rats and other rodents, which is where the name ‘Musahar’ stems from. Due to the rampant stigma and discrimination present even today, the community, living in various hamlets across eastern Uttar Pradesh, are still victims of abject poverty and destitution. INDIAdonates’ partner, ROSA has been working with Musahar communities in various districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh for over two decades now. One of the most heart breaking observations that ROSA has had over the years is the high rate of child mortality within the Musahar community. A vast majority of the children below five years are severely malnourished and often leading to devastating outcomes.

“The Musahar community lives in small hamlets outside of main village in forest-fringe areas. Government schools, Anganwadi centres are often not accessible to the community. The parents usually remain out of the house for the whole day, collecting forest resources or working in other people’s land. The children get hungry around midday but they are forced to go hungry. This, we have noticed, is the primary cause of low nutrition level in the children,” says Mustaque Ahmad, the Executive Director of ROSA.

ROSA has initiated community kitchens in 26 Musahar hamlets. The community kitchen will be equipped with dry grains and food items like puffed rice and will cater to mostly children from below age 5. One volunteer from the community, each day, will be assigned the responsibility of providing the children a meal at midday when they are hungry. ROSA has formed Women Self-Help Groups in each of these hamlets, the self-help groups will be monitoring supply and usage of grains for the community kitchens. ROSA is currently working on livelihood solutions for the parents and has plans to make the community kitchens self-sustainable, with contribution from the community, after the initial year. ROSA is currently seeking assistance for supplying 26 community kitchens with food items and other necessary equipment for a year.

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Rural Organization for Social Advancement (ROSA)

ROSA is a civil society organization established in 2002, working in eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, India for the upliftment of children, women, adolescent girls, child labour, bonded labourers and small farmers belonging to rural areas that are scattered in different classes and more

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