It can be heart wrenching to see the huge numbers living below the poverty line in India. But like every cloud has a silver lining, India too shines with hope. With the mid-day meal scheme provided by The Akshaya Patra Foundation, over 1.3 million children from all over the country now go rushing to school on every working day of the week to get their fill of the tasty, nutritious food.
One of those million children is young Varshitha. Just in the third grade, and living in the remote village of Imole (close to Hyderabad), life has made Varshitha grow up in a hurry. Her father passed away seven years ago when her younger sister Akshaya was born. Varshitha is nine years old, but looks much younger because of the severe nutritional deficiency she’s lived with.
However, Akshaya Patra alleviated some of her pain with the introduction of the mid-day meals into her life. Because her mother is the only earning member of the family, she has to rush to work early in the morning, leaving these little ones without any breakfast. The mid-day meal helps sate their hunger as well as provides them with a little something to carry home and eat for dinner.
No matter how mature Akshaya and Varshitha have had to be, they are still children at the end of the day. And what do young children love more than treats – possibly nothing. These lovely young girls especially enjoy the Biriyani, Murukku and Chikki served occasionally as part of the meal.
When life has been so hard on a young child you want to do everything in your power to make it up to them. Donate or volunteer with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to lend your assistance.