Nitty-Gritty of Nutrition | A journey towards cultural assimilation
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Nitty-gritty of nutrition and balanced diet
NNational Nutrition week is an annual event, celebrated from 1st September to 7th September. This year the program was formulated under the theme “Better nutrition – key to development”.
The campaign was first started by the central government way back in 1982 to encourage good health by educating people about nutrition. Malnutrition posed a major hurdle to the country's development. Despite earnest efforts, the country still has a long way to go for eradication malnutrition.
Deepalaya in collaboration with Food and Nutrition Board organized a one day workshop at Deepalaya head office on 1st September 2015. Around 45 Angwanwadi workers and Deepalaya staff were present on the occasion. The programme started with lighting of the lamp by Mr. P T Varghese, Mr. N N Tewari, Dy. Tech Adviser (N-R), Food & Nutrition Board, Mrs. Rekha Pal, Dietician,AIIMS & Mrs. Nonita Aggarwal.
Thereafter, Mr. N.N. Tiwari welcomed all Aganwadi Workers & Deepalaya staff. He then apprised about the importance of nutrition and different schemes announced by the government for the well-being of women and children through Aaganwadi workers.
Thereafter Ms. Rekha Pal informed how presence of fiber and anti-oxidants can change the lifestyle of children. This was followed by a session on balanced diet and lactating mothers. Towards the end, Mr. R P Singh, the demonstration officer gave a demo for making panjiri, an easily affordable food with high nutrition value. Panjiri was thereafter distributed amongst the participants.
A journey towards cultural assimilationand self-realisation
Rishali's journey with Deepalaya began from class V. She was initially studying in Ankur Public School, Tughlakabad. Her father never had a full time job and earned a living by taking tuitions. Her mother is a housewife. After a few years he fell sick and they went back to Bihar, their home town. However, it became more difficult to survive as the tuition centre business could not take off. They again shifted to Delhi and her father despite his illness took tuitions from home to meet the high cost of education of three daughters and a son.
Rishali's father enrolled her in Deepalaya School Kalkaji Extension which offered quality education at a nominal cost. While at Deepalaya, Rishali excelled at academics and cemented her position at the top of her class, she also showed an interest in painting.
Rishali left Deepalaya after class IX and continued her studies from the local government schools. She joined a three-year Office Management/Secretary Programme at the coveted College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University. When Ms. Shikha Pal told her about Community College Initiative Programme, an initiative that offers free college education at an U.S. based community college to deserving underprivileged children, she decided to participate and appear for the test and interview.
“It was a dream come true when I landed in the US on 22nd August, 2014”, she says. Thereafter, she joined Northwest Community College for studying Business management.
“It was entirely a new experience as I could see huge difference in culture and education system of both countries. It was difficult to cope but I started recognizing myself with it soon,” she exclaimed.
Rishali passed out with flying colours and came back to India a few months ago. She now plans to complete her graduation and work with a NGO to serve the poor.