Swachchh Gaon - Swastha Parivar
Health is a major issue in Jhabua. Jhabua has the highest mortality rate in children under five in the world. Families often have to take a loan from informal sources for medical conditions. They get entrapped in a vicious debt cycle. ‘Swachchh Gaon - Swastha Parivar’ is an initiative under women leadership, the 'mother of the house' to take on various dimensions of health - ranging from medication to nutrition.
Mata ki Badi
To cope with the nutritional deficiency, the villagers identified a set of 13 fruiting plants which they can grow in their in-house garden. The bundle consists of Mango, Neem, Jamun, Papaya, Lemon, Meetha Neem, Moringa, Tulasi, Jaam(Guava), Shehtoot(Mulberry), Seetaphal (Custard apple), Ramphal (Wild sweetsop), Amla, Belpatra and Giloy. The tribal families adopt the saplings and grow them like their children.
This program enters the fourth and consecutively since 2018; each year, 500 families adopted the set of saplings. First picture - Families taking saplings from Shivganga Gurukul - 2019. Second picture - Uday Singh Bhai of Badi Bawadai village, with the Jamun plant adopted in 2018.
By contributing to the Mata ki Badi initiative, we serve three purposes at once
Contribution to the environment
Serving the nutritional requirement of the family
Paving a source of income for the family in future, a step towards self-reliance.