The Bolpur Project

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gesundekids (healthy kids) Project in India

Promoting health of mother and child in 21 Santal Villages (Bolpur, West Bengal)

Since 2015 the Rotary Global Grant “Healthy Kids/Bolpur” has been supporting the health of mother and child with a focus on nutrition education and growing kitchen gardens. A follow-up project starts this August 2019.

Facts and figures:

• Bolpur, West Bengal, 21 Santal-villages: 320 children < 3 years

• Anemia in 94% of kids (diet is 80% carbohydrates)

• Chronic malnutrition (stunting) in 47% of kids

Achievements since 2015:

• 55% of families have a kitchen garden (570 families)

• 80% of these families have children < 3 years

• Nutrition education and cooking training at home

• Feeding of Nutri-Mix (Wheat-Lentil-Oil-Sugar-Milk-Porridge)

• Enhanced field cultivation with lentils and mustard (mustard oil) in 332 families

• Decrease in anemia in children

• Transfer of project knowledge to state nutrition centers

• Evaluation of results in cooperation with University Stuttgart/Hohenheim (Prof. H. Biesalski)

Topics for follow-up project:

• Maintain and increase kitchen gardens (min. 55% of families)

• Train families to care for their kitchen garden and to increase output (composting and water irrigation)

• Train families healthy usage of vegetables and fruits from their kitchen gardens

• Train mothers to prepare NutriMix themselves

• Continued treatment of anemia amongst kids < 3 years

• Grow fruits (banana, papaya) as well in kitchen gardens

• Enhance field cultivation: Moringa/amaranth, lentils, wheat and mustard (for the preparation of Nutri-Mix)

• Guide parents on family planning