Women and girls in Chhattarpur cultivate their Garden of Hope
Not-so-easy living conditions, scarcity of water and rented houses could not stop women of Chhattarpur village on the southern fringe of Delhi, from sowing plants and nurturing gardens in their homes. The inspiration came from the initiative "The Garden of Hope and Sowing", organised by Navdanya Trust, under Smile Foundation's Swabhiman programme.
The workshop began with seeds being distributed among 40 adolescent girls and women. The participants were made aware about the importance of organic food, followed by a group discussion in which ideas were invited for an ideal garden and interesting topics related to food and community. Thereafter, a sowing session was held, during which the women and girls learnt something new while having fun and strengthening their community bonding.
The women were very interested and curious about the sessions. They also ended the interactive session with another fun activity – by putting their thoughts on paper artistically through drawings and presenting them in groups.