BALANCED MEALS HELP CARE HOME CHILDREN DO WELL AT SCHOOL
Gayathri won first prize for running at her school games last year.
Yes, it shows that the 14-year old has sporting ability. But it also reflects her enthusiasm for all the opportunities school brings.
When she was just ten, her future looked so different. Despite her protests, her father, who always spent his wages on drink, insisted she leave school and start work as a domestic servant.
And even having her own job didn’t prevent her from going hungry. When – aged 11 –she was admitted to the care home run by Alpha Educational & Welfare Society, Blythswood’s partners in Andhra Pradesh, she weighed just two and a half stone.
As well as the standard diet of rice and vegetables, the children in Alpha’s home enjoy milk four times a week as well as regular servings of eggs, fish and chicken. Sometimes they have fresh fruit too.
“Our home children are doing well,” says Mary Kumari, president of the society. “Thank you for all your kind help and encouragement.”