On Sunday November 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm an art show to benefit the Healthy Community Curry Kitchen project in Sri Lanka will be held at Brookline Lunch, 9 Brookline Street, Cambridge. The show features photographs of activities in the Curry Kitchen as well as drawings by the children who benefit from the school lunches provided there.
The Healthy Community Curry Kitchen is a community health and school nutrition program in Niggaha, a rural town in southern Sri Lanka that aims to reduce food insecurity, improve overall community health, and build community solidarity.
Director/Founder Anne Gleason helped design the Curry Kitchen in 2007 with a grant from the Davis Project for Peace. The Curry Kitchen provides daily school lunch for 43 children at the Niggaha Primary School. Community members volunteer to prepare lunch each day. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health also coordinates bi-monthly health outreach including health education and on-site medical and dental clinics. In the past two years Curry Kitchen has served over 18,000 lunches.
Says Gleason, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished. The Niggaha community has inspired me to see potential, rather than need. This project is a success only because the community immediately took ownership of it, and the Healthy Community Curry Kitchen became our common vision.”
The Curry Kitchen was featured in a book on the Projects for Peace, see page 26.
Projects Abroad, an international volunteer agency is Gleason’s in-country partner for the Curry Kitchen and they regularly coordinate events with international volunteers in Niggaha. For a better idea of on site activities you can view videos from events at the kitchen; volunteers giving a first aid course, donating toothbrushes, and doing medical check-ups.
Healthy Community Curry Kitchen