How did we celebrate our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 1-Wishes and Food
Couple of years ago, we decided to sponsor a child through compassion international. A little girl from India, the country that I am from. Preferably sharing the birthday and age as our daughter so our kids can co-relate as we carry out the conversations about her.
Our sponsored Child, Apeksha, which means “expectation” in Hindi, lives in poverty and not in safe community, as has been the case of many of these children. Growing up in India think I have vivid idea about what her home and surrounding might be. But our children don’t.
We celebrated her birthday, a day before our daughter’s .She is an year younger than our daughter. So I asked our children what we should do for her birthday. Unfortunately we can not get the cake delivered to her even though it is logistically possible but not allowed for many good reasons. We tried few things such as
- Asked our kids to color happy birthday poster. We sent the actual poster through snail mail. We also took a family picture with the poster and emailed the letter.
- Abby made a paper cut out flower in a vase, which we sent as a gift. Since we can send only paper gifts through regular mail.
- We cooked the food that she may be having. Birthday in India for these children is just another day, no special affair because family can’t afford it. I went through her letters. Plain white Rice and simple vegetable curry with lentil is the food in the area, so her food liking was not surprising to me.
For our evening meal, I prepared plain white rice. Regular everyday lentil, no special seasoning and basic vegetable side dish and yogurt rice for the end. We took turns praying for her and wishing her happy birthday before we took a bite.
Bhindi fry (Okra )
1 Lb fresh okra, cut in small pieces
2 tablespoon garbanzo beans flour
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon turmeric
Salt to taste
Mix everything in a bowl.Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add Okra. Stir it and cover it until it done.Serve.
Indian food tend to be spicy in general. So there is custom to eat yogurt in the end to cool the belly down. Depending on which part of India you are, preparation varies. In north, we have just plain yogurt served with the meal or sugar is added to the yogurt to be eaten as dessert in the end of the meal. In south, we have yogurt rice towards the end of the meal .
1 cup cooked rice
2 cups yogurt
Seasoning :4-5 Currey leves, ¼ tsp mustard seeds, chili flakes, cumin seeds,1/2 teaspoon lentil, 1 tablespoon oil.
In a pan or deep ladle, heat oil and add all the seasoning until it blooms.
In a seaparte bowl, add yogurt, add seasoning to it. Add cooked rice. Rice absorbs the yogurt,so add more yogurt if you think it is dry.
I was surprised how much my kids loved the yogurt rice.I love yogurt in all forms but yogurt rice is one of my easy favorite and now I know of our kids too 🙂
Do you sponsor a child ?