Today is April 29th, 2015 and the children are already gathering for the Just One feeding when we arrive. There is only one small area of shade on the vacant block in front of this community, making it a very popular area.
Although the children are fully involved in their games, the instant that the seating for the meal is ready, long sacking cloths laid along the ground, the children are magnetically drawn there. The first group is soon sitting in comparatively subdued anticipation. There is no lingering, no waiting for others. They are ready to eat the vegetable curry, puri (bread) and the banana they know is waiting for them.
In total, 150 children are served in this small community. As we prepare to leave, the local community teacher comments that this has been the highlight of the children’s week. They have received much needed attention, entertainment and nurturing. Their bellies are full with nutritious food and they have had the treat of a sweet banana. They have experienced the company of others outside their community, their caste, and their everyday life. It is a rewarding day for these children.