India is a country full of beautiful colors, rich flavors, long-standing traditions, and a growing population! Of the population of nearly 1.3 billion people, around 50 million are migrant workers. Following the end of the monsoon season in late October, states including Maharashta, Gujurat, and Karnataka become temporary homes for thousands of migrant workers and their families. "Tent cities" that lack proper infrastructure, running water, and electricity dot the landscape.
Living conditions are poor, access to nutritious foods is limited, and exposure to health threats from contamination and poor hygiene is high. Yet, because they are considered impermanent, government services often pass over these communities.
The harvesting season can last up to 6 months, meaning vulnerable populations can go without basic services for a long time. There are no schools, so children spend the season working alongside their parents in the field. A typical meal family meal might consist of just bajra rotis (pearl millet flatbread) and water.
Earlier this year, Vitamin Angels identified a field partner working with these nomadic populations and began providing essential nutrients to fill nutritional gaps and promote good health for migrant children.