Children Fed: 250
Observations: Chowka Ghat is a very poor area of Varanasi sitting below the main railway lines running through Varanasi. There are many children of all ages here, in the middle of the day, because they are not accepted by local schools. Just One regularly visits this area and as always we are enthusiastically embraced by the community and the children.
Today the ASMITA volunteers are assisted by a team from Canada who have supported this distribution. The visitors are welcomed to help with making the puris and in serving the meals to the children. During the preparation everyone joins together for games and fun, and the children quickly learn the games introduced to them.
It is interesting to watch these children who have so little in relation to the food they receive. There is no greed – they take only what they can eat and all the plates are clean when they finish. They look after each other, ensuring the younger children receive what they need. There is order and respect for each other and the food. But as with most children, they do enjoy the sweet fruit and will try to get additional bananas for later if it all possible!!