Every second a person dies of hunger. Right now, more than 1 billion people suffer from hunger. This means that 1 in every 6 people on Earth don’t get enough food to live a healthy life.

An organization called “Bidyanondo” is working to solve this problem in Bangladesh through there project “One Taka Meal”.

What is “One Taka Meal”?

One Taka Meal is a very new and unique program began by Bidyanondo, which refers to ‘food for a single penny’. Under this program hundreds of street dwelling children,beggars, elderly people and physically and mentally challenged people hanging around streets or stations get their fundamental need of regular meal in exchange of mere one taka. Currently ‘One Taka Meal’ is the flagship project of Bidyanondo. At present they are providing more than 1000 packets of meal in 8 districts of Bangladesh every day. Along with the many initiatives of Bidyanondo regarding basic education and confidence building programmes for underprivileged children, One Taka Meal is a newer project that began on the 15th of May this year. While working on basic education for the street children, the team observed that these children cannot concentrate on their studies as they are deprived of their first basic need—food. Every afternoon, the team provides 300 lunch boxes in Dhaka and Chittangong. “We fixed the price as 1 taka, so that the children never feel like they are begging for it”, says 31-year-old Faruque Ahmed, volunteer at Bidyanondo. “Rather they feel very proud having bought lunch for themselves”, he adds.

What is Bidyanondo?

Bidyanondo is an NGO founded by Kishor Kumar Das. Since its inception on December 22, 2013, ‘Bidyanondo has been working relentlessly to bring a sustainable transformation in our society, especially by helping underprivileged children with basic education in urban areas. Starting with only four members, today, Bidyanondo is a big family of 300 dedicated young personalities from different colleges, universities and other professional sectors, with the same mindset – set to do something for the underprivileged children as well as for the deprived society. At present, Bidyanondo has five branches in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj, Cox’s Bazar and Rajbari.

 

By initiating this project, Bidyanondo is trying to reach one of the main SDGs “Zero Hunger” in Bangladesh.

 

References: Bidyanondo, The Daily Star