Of Laughter and Love: Childhood Diaries
Anjali, Pooja, and Chandu are siblings who study in Government Higher Primary School, Devaiahana Hundi, Mysore, Karnataka. The sisters have been studying in this school since five years, however, a recent family incident made their brother join this school recently.
In April 2014, their parents separated. Their father’s overdue debt led to eviction leaving their family homeless. They have now moved away from their schools. "Chandu used to go to a private school earlier but now since my father can't afford it anymore, he comes to our school. It is very far from home," explains Anjali. They walk about 6 km every day, to and from school.
Their mother has not contacted them or tried to talk to them ever since the separation. "We don’t talk to mother because father won't like it," says Pooja. But none of the three let their face show the emotions they experience day in and day out. There’s never a moment when Anjali or Pooja are not smiling or when Chandu is not up to some mischief.
Since their father is alone now, he cannot afford cook for all of them. That's one of the reasons why Chandu was enrolled into the Government school which is an Akshaya Patra beneficiary. "We love the food we get at the school. It’s a lot like my mother's cooking," says Anjali.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, with all the required support from the government and philanthropists all over the world is making sure that this laughter and this love never seizes to exist between such siblings. We make sure that every child gets a fresh midday meal that is a lot like homemade food.
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Mr. SS Rajamouli and Mr. Shobu Yarlagadda on a tour of our kitchen in Narsingi, Hyderabad on December 11