DIG stresses the value of vegetable gardens for enriching the body and warding off illness. We teach individuals how to grow their own food and to prepare it properly from the seed to plate.
We have seen that implementing nutritious vegetable gardens are one of the most effective ways for HIV/AIDS patients and other vulnerable populations to improve physical and mental health, empower communities and fight stigma.
The devastating impact of hunger and malnutrition on health cannot be overstated. People whose bodies and immune systems have been weakened by hunger are far more likely to fall ill, far more likely to suffer serious or fatal complications when they do, and far less able to benefit from any type of medical treatment.
We address malnutrition by transferring knowledge on sustainable agriculture skills, re-purposing unused land into productive gardens, communicating the importance of nutritious vegetables and the impact that it has on one’s health, enacting cooking demonstrations, and empowering mothers and children to take their well-being into their own hands.