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Cultivating Health: The Impact of the Nutri Garden Initiative in Shuddhakurava Thanda

POSTED February 8, 2024

Cultivating Health: The Impact of the Nutri Garden Initiative in Shuddhakurava Thanda

Learn how the Nutri Garden initiative has brought about positive change for pregnant women and children

Children and teacher smiling in their Nurti Garden
Children and teacher in their school Nutri-Garden. Photo: Philip Maher

The Nutri Garden initiative, implemented by Children Believe partner SARDS across 40 Anganwadis in the remote area of Prakasam district has brought about positive change for pregnant women and children.

To promote nutritional well-being, the initiative provided nutritious green and vegetable seeds to the community, which were planted under the guidance of Anganwadi teachers. The initiative has had a significant impact by incorporating vegetables grown into recipes at the Anganwadi Centers, leading to improvements in their health.

“The Nutri Garden initiative has transformed our lives. We can now access fresh vegetables that improve our health during pregnancy and lactation,”

says Rani, a pregnant woman in the community. “Since the implementation of the Nutri Garden initiative, we have observed positive changes in the health of pregnant women and infants while reducing the risk of disease. They are healthier and more energetic,” notes Priya, an Anganwadi teacher who has observed improved pregnancies and child development through the inclusion of nutritious vegetables in meals.

Community members have also benefitted from a healthier diet, with a shift toward prioritizing fresh and healthy vegetables in their daily meals. “Thanks to the Nutri Garden initiative, we have learned the importance of including nutritious vegetables in our meals. Our children are growing healthier and stronger,” shares Suresh, a community member.

“The Nutri Garden initiative has united our community in the pursuit of better health. We are grateful for the support and positive changes it has brought,”

states Rajesh, a community leader. The Nutri Garden initiative has successfully addressed the nutritional needs of pregnant women and children in Shuddhakurava Thanda. It has brought about positive changes and empowered the community by providing access to nutritious vegetables and raising awareness about optimal nutrition.

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