For our village, our doctor, Dr. Girija, has been firm that ghee/milk-based medicines ... as opposed to dry medicines, was required because their diet is so poor, and devoid of fats. Simply advising them to have greens as in allopathy along with iron tablets, or even giving the cheaper tablet based ayurvedic preparations will not suffice - because they are nutritionally so depleted. This milk with medicines has been like rain falling on parched lands.
- Varalu was sourcing the milk and supplying to the children. She was getting a small stipend for that. She was so happy. Only 20 years herself, mother of three, abandoned by her husband, and so happy to earn money through any honorable work. The milk she boiled and gave was infused with love and care. The vessel would somehow serve any number of children ... and any number of times ... so it seemed to me.
- Eashwaramma's cow was giving the milk. As we paid a little more for the milk, she was able to buy rice bran for the cow. The cow started looking more nourished.
- The cow started giving even more milk, and Eashwaramma was even happier ...
Seeing the expanding waves of goodness, the gnenrous friend was the happiest ... and she wanted to give a little more so that the adolescent girls could also have milk. Jayanthi, Kavya, Shwetha ... when they has asked why they were not having milk too I had said 'later'. now that the 'later' has come ... they are all also running down to Varalu's home for the milk ...
5000/- to 10,000/- p.m. can restore health to the children of a small village ... it should, must happen in village after village ... now ... We do not need to be a 'poor, starving country' !!