The families in this area are all extremely poor – many are single parent families, who earn money begging and scavenging. A few have day labor work in construction. The torn, dirty clothes and unwashed faces of most of the children reflect the poverty they live in. But despite this they are smiling, loud, playful and boisterous. They run eagerly to talk to us, to shake our hands and engage us in their games even before we reach them.
Many of the parents and grandparents also come to this feeding. Some also want to be fed. Some are seeking medical aid. Some are just watching. In this project area there are many in need of assistance in many forms. One old lady comes up to me and smiles so beautifully. She says she saw us with the children from her window and felt she had to come and see who we were. Her eyes looked at me alight with friendliness, and I reached out to say thank you. It was a touching reminder that each small action we take to show others they are cared for can have an unimagined impact on others.