More than 55% of children lack adequate nutrition in the remote region of Jharkhand, India. The solution? Small-scale kitchen vegetable gardens! With your help, 1000 families in need will receive non-GMO seeds, fruit tree seedlings, irrigation systems, a large pond, and organic gardening know-how. Training and support ensures that knowledge of small-scale farming will return and 1000 families (mid-sized village) will have a sustainable source of nutrition and water supply.
World Bank data shows that India has one of the highest percentages of children suffering from malnutrition - double that of Sub-Saharan Africa. The remote Indian region of Jharkhand has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the country. Why? Inadequate access to nutrient-rich food and poor soil conditions has created a dire situation. This is further compounded by a lack of education, opportunity, and family-centered food sources that help prevent malnutrition.
Kitchen gardens provide a practical, sustainable solution that equips underprivileged families with the means to grow their own nutrient-rich food to reduce malnutrition and improve quality of life. Karuna-Shechen offers this effective training and resource program to impoverished households in destitute villages, where over 3,000 families are in need of this program. In addition to non-GMO seeds and best practices for gardening and composting, we provide support for long-term sustainability.
We focus on providing long-term sustainability through good farming practices including use of non-GMO seeds and proper soil cultivation techniques. A one-time investment in rainwater collection and irrigation equipment ensures ongoing cultivation of community gardens that will serve as a source of nutritious food year after year. Together, we will reduce malnutrition for families and alleviate the suffering of hundreds of malnourished children. The region could use 3000 more kitchen gardens.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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Matthieu Ricard is the founder of Karuna-Shechen