My name is Priyanka (we have changed the name per personal privacy guidelines),
I am about 25 years of age and I have six children, four boys and two girls. Our village is mainly those of the Dalit caste and our houses are made of mud with straw roofs. It is too much cold in the winter and too much hot in the summer. Like so many in our village we don’t own land but work the land of others. Sometimes visitors come and they see the green fertile fields and they say “how the crop grows at least we have food”. But we are not allowed to take food from the fields for they don’t belong to us, we may be given a small amount of rice for a day’s labour or payment of 350 rupees for a day’s work ($5)
I am one of the cooks for the special meal. We take in turns and work together to produce a protein rich rice mix with papad and chutney and spicy potatoes. We also add oil to help the taste and goodness of the meal. We work with joy in our hearts this brings the village together as this meal helps our children’s health and wellbeing a lot. We have to make sure that there is enough for everybody who needs it so we can make enough for over 200 people.
Thank you so much for thinking of us, for helping us and for your kindness.
Life is hard here, but this meal programme helps so much,
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