Our flag ship program, Brahmbhog was initiated in 1996 to alleviate hunger. While spending his formative years in Ludhiana, Mr. Anil K Monga witnessed firsthand the hardships faced by tens of thousands of workers who migrate to this industrial city in search of a livelihood. He saw them being pushed further and further into a life of poverty and destitution which ultimately left an indelible impression on his mind.
Well aware of the magnitude of this problem, he took a herculean task on his shoulders, keeping the motto of 'Sharing & Caring'.
The world has shown tremendous expansion in all sectors including the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Even with these developments, hardships such as poverty, hunger, poor health care and ignorance prevail. Half of the people residing in developing countries are still deprived of the most basic needs that a human life deserves.
According to the 2008 Global Hunger Index, India has over 200 million people who are food insecure, which means those who are malnourished make up 19% or one in five in this country. Malnutrition leads to tuberculosis and other diseases. The UN estimates that 2.1 million Indian children die before reaching the age of 5 every year, four every minute; mostly from preventable illnesses such as diarrhea, typhoid, malaria, measles and pneumonia. Every day, 1,000 Indian children die because of diarrhea alone.
India remains, in spite of the much hyped economic prosperity, among the leading countries reeling under the ravages of hunger. Rapid modernization and mechanization of the industry coupled with escalating population, unemployment and hunger have proven to be the biggest evils marring India's development. Another blow has been dealt by the recent spurt in the food inflation.
We are providing a special wholesome, nourishing and hygienically prepared midday meal at our premises. To ensure that the benefit reaches the actual 'needy,' DBC Trust evaluates the people and their households from time to time. Furthermore, we keep records about the background of all individuals who eat meals at the premise.
A very important constituent of this meal program is counseling and motivation of the attendees on issues such as hygiene, education, girl child empowerment and other social welfare issues.
Our experience over the years underscores the gradual change that has touched many families through Brahmbhog.
We have now built a state-of-the-art kitchen and dining facility that spans 35,000 square feet fully equipped with steam cookers, bread (chapatti) making machines and other state-of-the-art equipment. This facility has the capacity to prepare up to 50,000 meals per day. Our future plans include extending Brahmbhog to government schools and hospitals and slums and other underdeveloped areas.