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