Providing these protein powders was an attempt to supplement the nutrition levels of at least those kids who turn-up to the Anganwadi regularly and then even pull in more kids with the combined efforts of Anganwadi teacher (we expect the teacher to now go & speak to the parents of these irregular children about the kind of nutrition that their kids will be getting if they send them to the pre-primary school)
(I wonder how extremely difficult it would have been to transport all these material to this village, had Vinita not pulled out her car for this event.. .Also Thanks to her driver Kailash for making our longggggggggg journey a safe and pleasant one)... Also Thanks to our volunteer Kailash for helping get the protein powder tins from Chembur (Prof.Mani) to our center (Airoli), a day before, after his office hours.
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However our main goal is no longer about just the plain academic development of these kids. We, now, earnestly wish to open up the minds of these elder students esp girls. These girls don't get much stake in the major decision making processes in their families esp pertaining to their marriage, education, child-birth, etc We have observed these girls getting married at a very early stage (one of the girls was made to quit her studies after 12th and take up the role of wife & mother when she is really neither physically nor emotionally ready for this)...Also these girls are too shy with low self-confidence to speak out their views/opinions openly in public,..
Thanks to my recent week-long stay and the efforts put in by my team of students over there, I can safely claim that quite a good rapport has been developed with these children, primary school teachers, Sarpanch, Gram-sevak and even some of the parents/ villagers now... LEAD has to now leverage upon this relationships and take an another imp step forward for the development of these children....& hence the village..
Much more exciting news coming up from this corner in a couple of days... I now sign it off for Vinita & Sunita for the subsequent set of reports.... Till then, Keep watching this space.,, ;-))
Thanks & Regards
Rupesh S Gesota
"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop"..... Mother Teresa