Have you donated smiles yet…

by Sunita on October 15, 2007

When I think about a hungry child , the first face that looms back at me is that of Mina, the cute little daughter of our domestic help in my parental house. It’s been many years since I last saw her, but her face, which, inspite of its unscrubbed nature lit up so beautifully when she smiled is still vivid in my mind. She must have been about three to four years old at that time. She loved coming to our house …followed her mother even if she was asked to stay behind. And the reason… the fresh warm food that my ma never failed to serve her. She used to follow ma around , waiting hopefully near our kitchen, waiting for her moment of joy… and I still can’t forget those bright and shining eyes as she greedily lapped up everything with such urgency. Well, the faces of all kids her age probably light up when they get something that their heart desires… but this little girl was happy because because her hunger had been pacified… and it was not the hunger of a child who had forgotten to eat for a long time due to play, but, because her hard working mother, inspite of her best efforts, was unable to make both ends meet and stop those little tummies of her children from rumbling.At her age, Mina should have been playing around, going to school and doing all those things that a three or four year old should. I also remember ma making cute little dresses(which she was very good at) for her now and then, especially during the festive season.

Mina is just one among the millions of underprivileged children around us. My ma was able to make Mina smile… a smile which is priceless. If only we could put smiles back into so many other Mina’s out there. Just a little help does go a long way indeed. It is with this intention that
a fellow food blogger has come up with a the noble cause of Feed a Hungry Child(FAHC).

feedahungrychild.org is a not-for-profit charitable organization formed in a collaborative effort of the like-minded people from all around the world. It aims to replace the empty plates of the underprivileged children and replace them with ones of food. While FAHC addresses the holistic needs of each children it supports, it believes illiteracy, malnutrition, and other concerns can only be addressed when hunger is appeased.

Immediate Mission:

  • Join the fight against global poverty.
  • Help feed hungry children one by one.

Larger Vision: feedahungrychild.org aims to improve the lives of a good many underprivileged children in their efforts to support themselves, their families, and their communities by giving them the chance for better food, better education, better health care, and other welfare.

With the help of volunteers, FAHC has begun its support to a pilot batch of 14 children and their families since April 2007 out of which 8 children are girls. Funds from FAHC programs go directly to the children and their families

Indira of Mahanandi is co ordinating the effort on behalf of us, fellow food bloggers to reach FAHC’s fundraising goal (3,360 U.S. dollars by 23rd October, 2007). There are also prizes to be won, which have been generously donated by a few fellow food bloggers.The following prizes make great gifts, and each item will be sent to the raffle winner neatly packed and shipping expenses paid.

The List of Raffle Prizes

1. Grains, Greens and Grated Coconuts ~ by Ammini Ramachandran
(from Indira)

“Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts is more than a cookbook-it is a collection of treasured memories and delicious family recipes presented against a backdrop of Indian culinary and cultural history. Familiar with Western cooking methods, Ramachandran shows how to integrate these recipes into a Western-style menu and suggests ways for home cooks to expand their repertoire without having to create an entire menu of dishes.”
Ammini Ramachandran’s website: Peppertrail.com
Reviews at Amazon.com

2. A Gift Box of Spice Extracts
(From Anjali Damerla of Supreme Spice)

With winter season upon us, the refreshing and powerful spice extracts offer a neat and easy way to boost the immune system. Also make a great addition to tea, coffee and sweet/savory recipes. The raffle winner will get gift box of 5-spice extracts:

Cardamom, Ginger, Kesar Milk masala, Tea Masala and Tulsi spice.

3. Two copies of Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long .
From Bee and Jai of Jugalbandi. (Raffle winners get one copy each.)

4. Two copies of American Masala by Suvir Saran
Autographed and shipped directly by the acclaimed chef and author Sri. Suvir Saran. (Raffle winners will get one copy each.)

5. Two copies of Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran
Autographed and shipped directly by chef and author Sri. Suvir Saran. (Raffle winners will get one copy each.)

6. Two prizes: Dinner for two each(wine included) at Suvir Saran’s elegant restaurant “Dévi”
(8 East 18th Street between 5th Ave and Broadway, New York City – Map)
(Generously contributed by Sri. Suvir Saran)

(You can find detailed information about raffle prizes 3 to 6 at Jugalbandi.)

7. Two ready-to-wear children’s sarees with matching blouses
In Beautiful red and green colors. Children’s size 28 (Indian sizes), fit a 5 or 6 year old of average height. Perfect for festival day celebrations.
From Manisha of Indian Food Rocks


8. Two Fair Trade Goodie Bags from UK
From Padmaja of Spicy Andhra
Raffle winner will get a gift bag each. Goodie Bag contains Fairtrade goodies:

Christmas Rich Roast Coffee, Pure Origin Kenyan Teabags (80 teabags), Lemon Curd, Strawberry and Pink Champagne Conserve, Chilean Clear Honey, Organic Milk Chocolate Bar, Organic Dark Chocolate Bar, Organic Milk Chocolate With Roasted Almonds Bar

9. Mountain Valley – Oil on Canvas Painting (16 X 20
From Shilpa of Aayi’s Recipes
Serene and Spectacular at the same time, this oil on canvas is an original art work by talented artist Srimati. Shilpa.

10. A Personalized Ceramic “Vindu” Plate
From Mythili of Vindu

Vindu Ceramic Plate

11. 30-Minute Meals ~ by Rachel Ray
From Siri of Siri’s Corner

12. Dark Chocolate Made With Icewine
From Richa of As Dear As Salt

Dark Chocolate Made With Icewine

13. Cooking at Home with Pedatha by Jigyasa Giri, Pratibha Jain
From Shruthi, a Friend of Mahanandi

Front Cover of Cookbook ~ Cooking at home with Pedatha

14. Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India by Chandra Padmanabhan
From Shruthi, a Friend of Mahanandi

Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India by Chandra Padmanabhan

15. Essential Andhra Cookbook with Hyderbadi & Telangana Specialities ~ by Latif I Bilkees
From Shruthi, a Friend of Mahanandi

Essential Andhra Cookbook with Hyderbadi & Telangana Specialities ~ by Latif I Bilkees

16. Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian
From Shruthi, a Friend of Mahanandi

Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian

17. Indian Cooking ~ by Madhur Jaffrey
From Maria, a Foodie + Techie

Indian Cooking ~ by Madhur Jaffrey

18. One Year Subscription to “The Red Chilli”
at www.sanjeevkapoor.com

From Madhuli of My Food Court

The Red Chilli ~ Online Food Magazine


How to Contribute:

Click on “chip in” (…it takes a few seconds to load, so please be patient, after all it is indeed a worthy cause.) In future, please refer to my left sidebar.

After you donate, please forward your payment confirmation message to donatesmiles@gmail.com, clearly specifying which prize or prizes you are interested in. Do mention how many tickets per prize, for example, a donation of $50 will buy you 2 raffle tickets for a cookbook.

For all correspondence by email, please use the same email address that you have used for your Chip-in contribution. This helps to validate your entry to the raffle and to contact you should you win a prize.

The event will close on 23rd October and raffle prize winners will be announced on 25th at Mahanandi and at respective blogs. (The drawing will be done manually).

If you need more information about the prizes, please contact Indira using the comments form at this post or mail her at donatesmiles@gmail.com.

Together, we can bring back many more smiles. We take so many things in life for granted…wouldn’t it be really nice if we could make even the slightest difference for the better in a child’s life. So come on, let’s all feed a hungry child …let us donate smiles.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bee October 15, 2007 at 3:45 pm

thanks for publicising this, dear sunita.


2 musical October 15, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Sunita, it is heartwarming indeed to see bloggers join hands for a great cause.


3 sunita October 15, 2007 at 4:51 pm

bee, you’re most welcome…those kids definitely deserve better.


4 sunita October 15, 2007 at 4:53 pm

musical, it is nice indeed…after all, every little helps.


5 Indira October 15, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Thanks very much for writing about this cause Sunita.

A few more gifts have been added to raffle. and two of them are from UK. A must-have fairtrade goodies bag from Spicy Andhra. Please do update the post. Thanks Sunita.


6 sunita October 15, 2007 at 7:42 pm

Thanks for organising this…I’ve updated the post.


7 Roopa October 16, 2007 at 3:03 am

i am feeling so happy to see all of together for it :)


8 sunita October 16, 2007 at 8:29 am

roopa, such a worthy cause deserves all the support it can get.


9 Siri October 16, 2007 at 11:31 am

Sunita, even our maid’s daughter back home is just like Mina and my mom used to feed her.. I used to feel so happy to see that elated look on her face..thats how little children are – innocent, naive .. thanks dear for supporting such a noble cause..:)


10 sunita October 16, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Siri, those smiles on their faces are really priceless…glad to be able to support the cause.


11 Sreelu October 16, 2007 at 10:27 pm

Sunitha, very well written. every kids deserves a right to smile and be fed no economic barrier period.


12 sunita October 17, 2007 at 3:15 pm

sreelu, yes, every child deserves to smile.


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