Where : Shivpur, Varanasi
People Fed : 342
Observations : Located in the countryside outside Varanasi, Shivpur is a place of tranquility and simplicity. Children warmly greet us but are shy for conversation. In being with them, it seems for many this could be their first time meeting a Westerner.
The feeding has become a village-wide affair, with local mothers working with us to make all the preparations for the feast. Children, too, are eager to help by carrying pots, cleaning when needed, and helping prepare the puris or bread dish.
Being with these children is such a gift as they are in joy simply eating. Many sit patiently, taking multiple servings alongside their friends. After the meal, they gather together with big smiles and come running to us asking for pictures. They take group photo after group photo, enjoying the seconds afterwards when they all huddle around to look at their picture on the screen. Their happiness is infectious, and we all leave with peace and joy.
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