Vathsalya’s Day Out
The warm pleasant morning starts off with a serene drive to Koyira, a village on the outskirts of Bangalore. The village serves as an ideal platform for government aided programmes like “Anganwadi” and “ Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan”.
Vathsalya Charitable Trust engages the Asha workers of Koyira and educates them about the importance of nutrition, health, and sanitation. This time though, an emergency meeting had called for the Aasha workers to report at Vidhan Soudha for a meeting. Hence, we ended up sharing health and sanitation techniques at another centre. Here, women were being provided vocational training in arts and craft. Their skills at knitting and embroidery are being put to good use and they can further use this as a means of livelihood in the future.
We also visited an anganwadi centre which had a handful of kids. We got the kids to recite poems, clap and dance in glee. On asking the authorities, we were told that the tiny tots are given peanuts and jiggery as morning breakfast thrice a week along with rice and Sambhar for lunch. The kitchen which was right next to the classroom smelled appetising and we were also given some peanuts and jaggery to taste. Yes, they tasted yummy!
All in all, this trip made sure that Vathsalya Charitable Trust did its bit for the village.