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See, I teach in a fairly rural town, and most of my students come from even more rural communities surrounding Ambovombe
So now, I look out at my class from the black board, see the 5 or more students slumped over their desks, and just continue teaching. It gives me a sick feeling in my stomach every time I see it, but what can I do? I can’t afford to feed them. I can’t buy a car and shuttle them all over Androy. All I can do is give them a place to rest. As an educator, I want to help my kids succeed however I can. My reach, however, ends at the classroom door. There is nothing I can do, and the student’s parents’ are already busy trying to feed their 4 to 10 other children. Honestly, just the fact that these families can afford to pay for their students to attend school is a small miracle. It’s something I have to be thankful for in the midst of the disheartening situation.
Calories are so very valuable, and they’re something most of us take for granted. So many of us are focused on eating fewer calories and burning off as many as possible. It gives you a little perspective when you live with people who even a few calories can make the difference between getting an education that gives them a chance to contribute more to their families and communities or not even being able to stay awake.