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Mary’s Meals is vi­tal in help­ing fam­i­lies to help them­selves

My Weekly - - Helping Hand -

Be­fore sun­rise, Britima from In­dia wakes up to be­gin chores. She sweeps the sur­round­ings of her home be­fore go­ing to a nearby river to wash uten­sils and her fam­ily’s clothes.

She then bathes at a neigh­bour’s wa­ter well be­fore walk­ing to school on an empty stom­ach.

She tells us, “I get tired when I come to school, so I just fill my stom­ach with wa­ter.

“From home I feel the de­sire to eat, but there’s noth­ing. Though I feel hun­gry, I bear it un­til lunchtime.”

It is at this time when Britima and her class­mates at Shanti Nike­tan Pri­mary School re­ceive their daily meal, pro­vided by Mary’s Meals.

“I feel so good when I have the food here,” adds Britima. “I have more en­ergy.”

Britima, who looks around eight years old – she does not know her age – has the full re­spon­si­bil­ity of look­ing af­ter her par­ents and grand­par­ents. Her mother is bedrid­den af­ter fall­ing se­verely ill.

Af­ter school, Britima waits for her fa­ther to re­turn home with what­ever food he has man­aged to find so she can be­gin cook­ing for her fam­ily.

She then com­pletes the evening chores be­fore get­ting ready for bed.

Britima says, “I guess I am happy but I don’t know why.

“I am liv­ing my life.”

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