I never tire of photos showing young children thriving and frolicking at a Food for People (FFP) facility. Something tells me our readers feel the same way.
Letters of appreciation continue to stream in from children whose lives have been dramatically changed for the better. Here are two “expressions” from young beneficiaries enjoying the amenities at the facility in Bantoli, India.
My name is Santoshi Kumari. I live in Tetragarh village, Post Amaliya, District Gumla.
I am the daughter of a poor family. I study in the Standard VI class at the Bantoli School.
I go to Food for People to eat there and my body is benefiting from the food. Another benefit is the saving of rice, pulse and vegetables in my home every day. Different vegetables are prepared each day at FFP. I feel good in taking food here and children from my neighboring area also come to take food. My brother, sister, grandmother and grandfather are very happy in taking food here. I come to eat here at 8 a.m. and after that I go to school at 10 a.m.
I study in the school there. The classes are over by 4 p.m. After that, I come to my home, cut some grass and give that to the ox. Every day, I clean the utensils at my home. In the evening, I cook food and after that I study.
I study between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then I go to sleep. When I wake up in the morning, I clean the utensils. After cleaning my teeth, I get ready for going to FFP at 8 a.m. again. I feel very happy after eating food here. I thank those who provide food here.
Sheela Kumari (Age 14, Bajiatoli Village)
The Bantoli Food for People opened on March 23, 2006. I have been taking food from the date of commencement. The food served here is very nutritious and I feel very good when I see the beauty of FFP.
I do not pluck fruits and flowers here. I feel very good to see that the FFP is decorated with fruits and flowers. Here, many people come to eat. I am from a poor family, and it is a hardship for me to go to school. I like the discipline here. I follow the discipline. I wish to become a good person in the future so that no one can say anything to me.
FFP was set up because poor people live here. The FFP has completed five years. Those who are running the program should continue with it so that people can have the benefit of getting food in the future. After writing this, I stop.
Many, many thanks to those who are running this program.
Photos Courtesy of TPRF Volunteers and Staff