A group of local women in Kurujanga, a village in Puri, Odisha, took health matters in their own hands. They teamed up to fight malnutrition and unavailability of local green vegetables, during their menstrual cycle, by making a nutrition garden of their own. Having no land themselves, the group of 25 women and a couple of men had to manage the nutrition garden (20m x 10m) in a nearby land close to the village temple. But now they are a happy lot with their baskets brimming with self-grown beans, chilli, tomato, coriander etc.
Situated 25 km from Puri, it was when our rural team conducted an NJPC session there highlighting the importance and the do’s/don’ts of menstrual hygiene, that they found out the women had very little or nearly no clue about the importance of nutrition intake during a menstrual cycle. But things are different now… In response to the activity conducted, Anita Bhoi, one of the women, said, “Goonj has become like a family. They understand our problems and work towards addressing them. For example, with the increasing prices of sanitary pads in the market, the Goonj ‘Mypad’ was much needed and is such a relief for all the village women.” Goonj works on menstrual health & hygiene awareness pan India under our Not Just a Piece of Cloth initiative. www.njpc.goonj.org