Nausheen is a student of class nine in the Zilla Parishad High School in Telangana, a beneficiary school of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme. Though she is so young she is already a very emotionally mature and compassionate young lady. She does extremely well in class and already knows what her ambition is. “I want to become a lecturer. I love Hindi language and I want to become a good teacher to my students,” she says.
Part of what Nausheen also loves about school is the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal. “I love the khichdi (rice and lentils) served by Akshaya Patra,” she exclaims.
Nausheen’s older sister, Afreen, also studies at the same school in class ten. Her sister lives with an ailment of the hand that prevents her from being able to move the limb. This affliction has caused her so much upset that often she refuses to eat the Akshaya Patra lunch provided at the school in case her classmates make fun of her.
Nausheen, at such a young age, has already taken on the responsibilities of helping her mother and sister with their chores, with compassion.
On hearing Nausheen and her sister’s story we were moved to take assurances from the teachers of the school that efforts would be made to make Afreen more comfortable. We hope that she has the opportunity to feel happy and settled, enjoying Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal served hot on the school campus.