GHAZIABAD - NEW DELHI PROVINCE
«A BOON FOR THE HUNGRY»
I was hungry and you gave me food (Mt 25:35):
these words of Jesus came true in the lives of our students at the «Holy Child School», Hindi Medium. Ghaziabad, being an industrial and business hub, is thickly populated: there is a huge population of migrants, coming from the villages and neighbouring states in search of a living.
They earn their living as workers in construction sites, rickshaw pullers, house-maids and other odd jobs. About 700 children of these unorganised labourers attend our school; they are undernourished and often come to school hungry; they are eager to learn but cannot go to rich and elite schools as they have no money to pay the books, the uniform and the school fees. Most of our students are famished and under nourished. Most of their parents are illiterate.
So the sisters approached «Bread Noida» an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) providing food for «Mary’s Meals» who, in its turn, offers a daily meal for each child in their place of education.
The first «Mary’s Meal» was served on 13th August 2015. Since then «Mary’s Meal» is served on every working day. Now the children have a healthier look and are happy to come to the school, and they look forward to relish their tasty fresh and hot meal. It serves as an added incentive for them to attend the school regularly. They have improved their health and their attitudes.
They are alert, attentive and regular in the classes. The parents are relieved of their worries to provide lunch for their children; the sisters are very enthusiastic and willing, for it gives them joy in serving food to the poorest of the poor, besides giving them intellectual and moral nourishment.
A COOL SUMMER
Protection and Prevention was the aim of Bartolomea in organizing the oratory for children.
Her perspective became for us an imperative which enlightens our minds and helps us to develop the growth and the progress of children; hence, we started giving free basic computer classes to some children. During the summer vacations they normally roam along the streets aimlessly, since most of their parents are migrant and farm labourers busy all-day through.
It was a hard job going from farm to farm, in the scorching heat, to invite them for the classes and twentytwo of them attended the classes daily. The age group was from four to fourteen years.
Sr. Sasmita, Sr. Sosan and Sr. Delsy were keen in making the budding scholars fully knowledgeable in basic computer skills, alternating the lessons by prayers, action songs and entertainments.
Though the mercury rises high, the brave hearts were enthusiastic to come and the parents were eager to come to collect their children at «Tamanna».
The zenith of the course was a great celebration, in the course of which prizes were distributed for regular attendance to the course and, above all, for the songs composed with the words of Jesus, accompanied by the rhythm of music.
The summer was ‘cool’ because of the cold drinks offered and most of all because the little ones were happy and joyful, and they returned back home joyfully with small gifts in their hands and sweet melodies in their heart... Once again we heard Him saying to us:
«Whatsoever you did to the least of these you did it to me».
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