Mmm …it’s summertime and the fruit around our way is juicy and plentiful. Peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, melons…. All are abundant and healthy.
Imagine a life without fruit. For most of the kids living in the slums of Mumbai fruit is not part of their diet. For so many, even one simple meal each day is beyond reach. But, for those kids fortunate to be part of Gabriel Project Mumbai, a program started by Jacob Sztokman and dedicated to fighting hunger, child labor, malnutrition and illiteracy for the children living in the slums, hunger is no longer a significant part of their lives.
Now, almost two years since beginning its work, GPM has begun to see the benefits of the kids’ daily meal…attendance at school is up over 50%, kids are more attentive, healthier…it just makes sense.
When Jacob recently came to us with the idea of adding fruit to the kids’ diets we knew the outcome could be only good. After all, isn’t fruit an integral part of all of our diets? Vitamins, minerals, fiber…the benefits are huge. $18,000 will provide 1000 children with daily fruit for one year.
The Good People Fund has agreed to match up to $9,000 to make this program possible. After all, life without an apple or strawberry is no life at all…