SMART collaborates with WCD Haryana to enhance nutritional standards


In a groundbreaking effort to empower women with essential knowledge in nutrition and health, the Department of Women and Child Development in Haryana has partnered with the Delhi-based SMART NGO. Together, they’ve introduced “Poshan ki Potli ” and “Purak Ahaar Potli,” two innovative card games designed to enhance maternal and neonatal nutrition, developed by SMART NGO. This pioneering initiative […]

In a groundbreaking effort to empower women with essential knowledge in nutrition and health, the Department of Women and Child Development in Haryana has partnered with the Delhi-based SMART NGO. Together, they’ve introduced “Poshan ki Potli ” and “Purak Ahaar Potli,” two innovative card games designed to enhance maternal and neonatal nutrition, developed by SMART NGO.

This pioneering initiative targets 300 Anganwadi workers across three districts—Karnal, Yamuna Nagar, and Jind— with the goal of equipping women with crucial knowledge for better health outcomes, particularly in combating malnutrition and anaemia.

The workshop spanned three days, with two days dedicated to intensive training sessions and the third day focused on field observations. Six trainers from SMART facilitated the training, with each district hosting 100 Anganwadi workers, totaling 300 Master trainers. Following the Training of Trainers (ToT) model, comprehensive pre- and post-training assessments were conducted to measure the initiative’s impact, ensuring effective knowledge dissemination.

A total of 2200 “Poshan ki Potli” kits, along with facilitator notes, have been distributed across the three districts. These innovative game kits utilize an engaging methodology, encouraging women to envision healthier diets while deepening their understanding of diet diversity and food groups. Furthermore, they serve as a platform for sharing recipes among participants. An estimated 50,000 women are poised to benefit from the initiative.

Rajrani, a Project Assistant at DPO Jind, shared her insights, stating, “The nutritional information hidden in the cards was beneficial for women and anyone who plays the game. We will play this game in the field and share the educational information received through the games with beneficiaries like pregnant women, lactating mothers, or children.”

Vandana, an ICDS worker from Jind, expressed enthusiasm, saying, “The game gives us a lot of knowledge about nutrition. Through this game, I got to know many interesting things from the trainers. I am very excited to share this knowledge with women, children, and other beneficiaries.”

Abeer Kapoor, who has designed the game and is also a facilitator, highlighted the game’s interactive design, stating, “The game was designed to be fun interactive, and I am glad it has been picked up by WCD Haryana.”

Lakshmi, Assistant Program Manager, shared her profound insights, stating, “In Yamuna Nagar, I witnessed firsthand the enthusiasm of Anganwadi workers as they eagerly participated in discussions about diet plans and shared their ‘poshan ank’ for their lunch meals. Their active engagement significantly contributed to the success and impact of rolling out this game.”