Simple tools nourish the minds and bodies of children in rural India 

Meet Tarani: He is 17 years old, and likes to play soccer and cricket. 

While most of his peers stopped attending school by 4th or 5th grade, Tarani is the first person in his community to continue his studies through 10th grade—and he’s not stopping anytime soon.

CTI volunteers, Bibek and Purnima Ray, manage a CTI-sponsored potato processing facility in India that functions as a center where community members can  grind their peanuts or process their potatoes into snack foods. Tarani works at the center in a work-study program, aiding in production of peanut butter and potato snacks.

Bibek, Purnima and Tarani are working together to provide nutritious lunches for local school children.  Previously, children at local schools received lunches that only consisted of popped ricenot very nutritious. Now, the children are provided with bread, peanut butter and fruit.

Tarani earns money in return for his work at the center, and the money helps him pay for school expenses. In rural India, many children drop out of school because their family’s survival depends on income from both parents and children. Others leave school because they cannot afford school fees and uniforms.

With his work-study income, Tarani is able to both earn income for his family, and cover the costs of attending school.

In addition to his work at the center, Tarani volunteers as a tutor at a local orphanage.

Bibek and Purnima have aspirations of expanding the school program so they can provide milk with school lunches. Tarani has aspirations of going to college. In the meantime, you can find these three working together to make nutrition and education a reality and a constant in the lives of children in their community.