July 18 2018

Kitchen Gardens are Growing in India

Because of your support, our project “Plant Kitchen Gardens for Families in Need in India” is growing strong! To date, we have received close to 800 donations from people around the world to grow nutritious fruit and vegetable gardens for families in need in the remote, underserved state of Jharkhand, India.

“This has helped make it possible to distribute non-GMO seeds to families and provide training and support to grow organic gardens. We expect malnutrition to be reduced among these families thanks to these gardens.”
~Shamsul Akhtar, Karuna-Shechen India Director

Reducing malnutrition is an important initiative for Karuna-Shechen. World Bank data shows that India has one of the highest percentages of children suffering from malnutrition — double that of Sub-Saharan Africa. Jharkhand has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the country because of inadequate access to nutrient-rich food and poor soil conditions. This is further compounded by a lack of education, opportunity, and family-centered food sources.

Kitchen gardens provide a practical, sustainable solution that equips families with the means to grow their own nutrient-rich food to reduce malnutrition and improve quality of life.

Thanks to strong support, we are distributing seeds and plants, installing wells and irrigation systems, and teaching women and families in-need to tend their own gardens and collaborate with others to increase long-term sustainability.

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