Monica Devi is a student of the Zilla Parishad High School in Patancheru, Hyderabad. She is also a beneficiary of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme.
Monica has not had an easy life. In fact, she’s had a harder life than most. When she was just seven years old her father left Monica’s mother and their two children to fend for themselves. Monica’s mother struggled to make a living for their small family by getting employed as a housekeeper at a multinational company, while the grandmother looked after the children.
Despite these hardships Monica has done well for herself at school, making sure she places amongst the top rankers of the class. Her brother is also making headway at an industrial training course in Hyderabad.
Monica is focused on succeeding in life, and even makes sure that she attends tuition after class. To add to this she also spends her free time reading to keep focused.
So where does she get all this energy from? The Akshaya Patra mid-day meal certainly helps provide her with the daily nutrition and energy she needs to study hard, assimilate information and strive on towards her goals. Monica is especially pleased that Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal is provided to so many children in her school. Her favourite dishes on the weekly menu are the aloo (potato) and brinjal (eggplant) curry. “Just before lunch, my friends and I can’t stop thinking about the meal,” says Monica.
It’s a pleasure to see young children like Monica relishing Akshaya Patra’s healthy, tasty meals, and using it to fuel their ambitions for the future.