Food for Life Fiji – responds to Cyclone Evan

Food for Life Fiji – responds to Cyclone Evan

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After Cyclone Evan pounded the Fiji Islands in December 2012, causing widespread destruction to villages, informal settlements and small island communities, the Food for Life Fiji – Nation Building Education and Community Development program has been offering aid assistance. The charity has focused its efforts on the islands of Yadua, Yaqaqa, Tavea and Galoa, located South West of Vanua Levu, within the administrative province of Bua. From the very beginning, response teams were set up in Lautoka to distribute hot meals to the victims, as well as in the North led by Mr. Yadram and his family from Dreketi (Macuata). The group distributed hot meals to the villagers and neighbouring island villages totalling up to 360 meals per day. On the 10th January, Food for Life Fiji’s National Coordinator, Dr Rajesh Maharaj visited the team in Galoa, taking with him more food supplies including bags of rice, dhal, potatoes, cooking oil and beans that had been donated by business owners in Suva. The organisation was also able to distribute vegetables seedlings, such as Chinese cabbage, okra, watermelon, eggplants, beans and medical supplies. These food supplies are expected to last until the end of January. However, the donated vegetables seeds, which the organisation had helped the villagers to plant should provide for the families until well into March. On the 17th January, the non profit received $1000 worth of vegetable seeds from the ABC foundation, as well 40 school bags from the Shastriji Laxmi Narayan society. As many families prepare for the beginning of the new school term, the children of Galoa are scraping together whatever is left of their past years school books and stationeries that survived the Cyclone. Some children have nothing at all to begin school, as their homes and belongings were completely destroyed by Cyclone Evan. In […]

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About ISKCON Ujjain’s Mid Day Meal Program Simply put “We cook meals, deliver love and spread happiness”. Our service of “seva” is to prepare the Mid Day Meal in our center, which is a nutritious and sumptuous meal consisting of dall, chapatti, khichdi, sweet dalia, pulav and vegetables. The meals are then packed and sealed in specially designed stainless steel containers and are transported in dedicated vehicles to the schools where they are served to the children during their lunch hour. The meals preparation starts at 4:00 a.m. with the cutting and cleaning of vegetables and dall. The meals are cooked in several steam-jacketed cauldrons each having a capacity of 300 Kgs. Then a chaunk is prepared in pure ghee/oil with freshly cut tomatoes and spices. This is then added to the cooked dall and vegetables prepared in the cauldrons are transferred into specially designed stainless steel containers that move forward through the conveyor system and then covered with a lid and sealed. We have got a chapatti making machine which is fully automated and produces 10,000 chapattis per hour. The containers are then fitted into cargo vans and transported to the schools. The school coordinator receives the sealed containers of meal which is served to the students during the lunch break. Our project is part of the worldwide network of affiliates of Food for Life Global. The Site We are based in the industrial area of Nagziri. The kitchen is purpose-designed by our engineers and architects for this project: it is an impressive glass and composite panel structure spanning 7500 square feet and has the capacity to deliver 100 000 meals daily. We are committed to making a difference and intend being involved in this mission of feeding children for a long, long time. With your support, bigger facilities will be built to continue the important work of IFRF. The Kitchen The kitchen is fully fitted […]