Jamuna Paraja lives in Majurgola village under Kundura Gram Panchayat in Koraput district along with her husband Kuma Paraja and three children. She led a difficult life with poor health and poor financial condition. She was anemic and suffered from various diseases all the time. Her children also suffered from malnutrition and were prone to diseases. In reality the entire family did not have normal physical growth and they also suffered from prolonged skin infection. SOVA with support of VSO India through its SCAN project supported a nutrition Garden as part of developing nutritious food in the tribal areas in Majurgola village. Jamuna was encouraged by the SOVA community volunteers to start a nutrition garden and grow fresh vegetables. Jamuna decided to go for it and started her nutrition garden, within no time, the change was evident.
Jamuna is excited to see the result. She grows vegetables which enables her and her family to get the necessary vitamins and minerals they need for food intake.
Now all her 3 children are gaining health and are in the normal weight category. The improvement of health in the family members is reflected in the skin. Skin infection is a thing of the past. And the best thing is that Jamuna and her family members are health conscious now and they strive hard to maintain it. Jamuna has reaped the fruit of kitchen garden and she has vowed to continue kitchen gardening regularly.
The village that once had about half a dozen of severe malnourished children and anemic mothers because of low health prioritization, has a improved the maternal and child health indicator today.
“Jamuna thanks SOVA for making this happen and ensuring health for her and her family”