Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

A Gift of Something Greater, by Caitlin Snyder, Back2Back Intern

June 11, 2012

This past month, a group of children who attend St. Michael’s Catholic School, and are involved with an organization called Mustangs Serve put together personal care kits of shampoo, conditional, a comb, and a hairbrush for the children Back2Back serves in Hyderabad, India. These personal care kits will help meet the physical needs of the children, and also improve their personal hygiene, which in turn helps their emotional, and social needs. These personal care kits will be taken to India with a team that is taking a trip in July.

Mustangs Serve not only raised funds to cover the cost of transporting the kits to India, but they also raised money to purchase the children bananas. The students involved with Mustangs Serve planned a banana themed bake sale for the month of June to raise more funds to donate to the purchasing of bananas. The diet of the children Back2Back serves in India lacks essential vitamins and nutrients that are found in fruit. The bananas that will be purchased improve the nutrition of the children, meeting their physical needs and support their growth, health and development. Meeting a child’s physical needs allows them to succeed spiritually, educationally, and socially because they can fully focus on the task at hand instead of being distracted by hunger.

Bananas are just one of the many items that can be purchased from the Back2Back Gift of Hope Catalog, if you’re interested in bringing hope to the children in India, or one of Back2Back’s other ministry sites, please check out our Gift of Hope Catalog or contact the home office for more information.

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A Balanced Meal, by Mindy Webster, Back2Back Mexico Staff

July 15, 2011

Enjoying fresh grapes with lunch

Many of the children’s homes that we serve lack the funds to purchase fruits and vegetables. A normal lunch or dinner in a children’s home consists of rice, a tortilla, and eggs, beans, or ground beef.  These foods are inexpensive and easy to make in the large quantities three times a day.  As a result, the children’s diets lack essential vitamins and nutrients that are found in produce. However, the Shelter Child Sponsorship Program is enabling the children’s homes to begin to provide more balanced meals, supporting the growth, health, and development of the children.  The children’s homes are now purchasing fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

At Casa Hogar Del Norte, the children had grapes, watermelon, and a salad to go with their lunch.  The children were especially excited to have fruit with their meal.   They view it as being a special treat, since until recently, they rarely had it. The caretakers didn’t have to ask the children to eat their fruit. In fact, after finishing their portion, they were all asking for more!

Hunger in India, by Back2Back India Staff

January 10, 2011

In 2010, Back2Back has explored the theme of hunger. A Back2Back created study guide led mission group members through a series of readings and discussion questions to deepen their hunger for God. During our time in India, we have seen other forms of hunger.

The most obvious hunger we saw was physical hunger. The extreme poverty makes food, a basic commodity, not readily available to everyone. Although the children eat large plates of rice, the nutritional content is minimal. Through a generous ongoing donation, Back2Back India is able to improve the quality and variety of foods for children at the ministry sites where we serve. This helps meet their physical hunger.

Our mission team immediately noticed the emotional hunger of the children in India. At one of our homes, the children are very affectionate and just cannot get enough hugs, piggy-back rides or Kabbadi (a very physical game). At the larger home, the children are less physically engaged but vie for your attention to look at the craft they made, watch them skip rope, take their picture or just say hello. Spending time with them and pouring into their lives helps fill them emotionally.

India is a country hungering for the fruits of the spirit –love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. We are thankful that our partners there have a heart for children and are teaching them spiritual truths. The children memorize scripture verses, learn worship songs and perform dances that tell of God’s love. They are filling their hearts and minds with spiritual fruit.

The children in India have a hunger to learn. They are very disciplined in their class schedule and study time. This summer’s mission team spent several days teaching the children about numbers, shapes, colors, and body parts in a fun and interactive manner – and all in English! It was a great opportunity for the children and they were eager to learn. Back2Back wants to nourish their hunger for education.

This summer the mission team, interns, and Back2Back staff spent a fun-filled and energetic week heaping spoonfuls of physical, emotional, spiritual and educational blessings on the children in India to help fill their hunger. I pray that our hunger to meet their hunger continues to grow.

If you are interested in opportunities to serve in India on a mission trip or as full-time staff, please contact Chris Ramos (ramos@back2backministries.org).

A warm greeting from some of the children who Back2Back India serves