During the routine health surveys, SUNDESH found out that haemoglobin level in 16.52% pregnant women was between 4.01 and 7.00 grams. Also, a majority of school-going and adolescent children were anaemic. After analysing the diet and daily food intake patterns, we realised that most of the families hardly consumed any vegetables. There was also a prevailing misconception that nutrition from cow/ buffalo milk, rice, wheat and pulses is enough.
With the help of SHGs, Kisan Clubs and Joint Liability Groups (JLGs), our team sensitized the villagers and proposed the adoption of Ghar ki Bagiya or kitchen garden to give them access to green vegetables and fruits.
The main objectives of the project were:
Seeds of fruit trees and vegetables are distributed free of cost to villagers and they are also trained on sustainably cultivating them. This initiative has been a huge success with the rural poor today gaining access to green vegetables and fruits for their daily diet. The villagers today not only have access to these fruits but also earn additional income by selling the access cultivation in local markets.