17-year-old Anita and 23 year old Akoni have both benefited from the programme.
After learning about dietary diversity, Anita, with support from UNICEF, created a kitchen garden where she grew a range of vegetables and educated her community about the benefits. As a result, 400 kitchen gardens have followed suit.
Anita said: “The concept of kitchen gardens was unknown to most of us before. Now, I’m convinced that every household should have one, to do away with the problem of malnutrition prevalent in the tea community. It helps improve our health and save money too.”
And Akoni is a classic example of how empowerment of young people can help transform them into confident and responsible citizens of society. Thanks to the programme, Akoni was given the confidence to contest in her local election, which saw her voted as a village councillor.
She said: “I have learnt a lot, especially about child rights, evils of early marriage and child abuse. And now, I try to disseminate the same messages in the society.”