Our winter season here lasts from mid December to mid February and my goodness me what a cold winter it was with temperatures close to freezing, record lows in fact.
We were able due to provide emergency blankets and clothes and even wood for a communal bonfire to help keep the villagers warm. And because of your generosity we supplemented the meal programme with hot drinks and added extra breakfast meals of steaming hot porridge.
If you were to visit the village here in Bihar you would see quite lush fields of crops although water is in short supply which is why the deep water pump provided by another fully funded Global Giving appeal is so important but you may wonder why can’t they grow their own food. They can to a certain extent, but the problem is they do not own the land they farm, in fact the landlord is often far away. It gets worse , often in return for loans taken from the landlord for sickness or a marriage the interest rates are so high they can never pay it back and become “bonded labour” . It’s a form of slavery and it’s not legal. These problems are not going to be solved overnight and in some cases the government have granted land to landless families.
Cases are in the courts but they can drag on for years and in the meantime children go hungry. But not in this village, thanks to you.
On behalf of all of villagers, our heartfelt appreciation goes out to you.
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