“The okhra seeds have sprouted. Amma (mother) says we should water them everyday. I will definitely do that.” 11 year old Deepa (name and age changed) is very excited at the prospect of ‘growing things’ on her own.
When we asked the children whether they would like to start a vegetable garden, their response was very enthusiastic. They were totally thrilled! They immediately got together with the Ammas (the residential caretakers) and started planning. With the support of our volunteers, and some hired help, the land was tilled, and made suitable for cultivation. The children actively took to planting the seeds and tending the garden.
The patch of land behind the ATMA Gurukulam Gilrs Home building has now come alive with green.
Meanwhile, a well-wisher has donated a cow. The children are very excited about that too! They are showering so much of love and care on ‘Sita’ as they have chosen to call her. In a short time, Sita has become very much a part of the home and the team!
With a kitchen garden and a cow too, ATMA Gurukulam has really become a grand household. It is very satisfying to see that we have been able to give the children a real home – with love, care and happiness.
Now, we are working towards getting a larger premises and a new building so that we can support more children in need.