United Way Mumbai sets up Kitchen Gardens in Anganwadis, providing sustainable ways to combat malnutrition

MUMBAI: To commemorate World Environment Day, United Way Mumbai (UWM) conducted a campaign to set up Kitchen Gardens in Anganwadi centres in rural and tribal areas of Panvel, which are vastly affected by issues related to malnutrition. To combat this, UWM has launched Project Poshan, a campaign implemented in Anganwadi centres in Panvel, in collaboration with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

Anganwadi centres are the first point of education for most children aged 2 – 6 years, in rural and tribal areas. Education and experiences gained from these centres form the foundation of a child’s future development. UWM has been working towards improving basic infrastructure and educational resources at centres in Panvel in order to make them state of the art facilities for pre-primary education.

UWM, set up Kitchen Gardens in 7 of Panvel’s Anganwadi centres, with the help of more than 300 community members in the villages, ICDS officials and 95 employee volunteers from various corporates. Kitchen Gardens provide easy access to fresh, nutritious produce and improve health and the environment.