Health and Nutrition Lessons

Đorgovska Mahala Village, Serbia


The transformation of a village into a model village is happening in Djorgovska Mahala. We have two groups of women with over 20 members; one group is part of the local community and the other meets regularly in Mahala.


After a systematic review of health and nutrition issues, people in Mahala understand that they should take care of their health. There are a large number of people with health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and digestive disorders. Ognjen, a young boy age ten, suffers from obesity, and he’s visiting our Transformational Community Development (TCD) group with his mother. He reduced the number of sodas he consumes because he heard about soda’s harmfulness. He started to eat healthier and is losing weight.  


As adults are learning about health, they started making changes in nutrition. Almost every family has someone who smokes cigarettes. At each meeting, we discuss the harmfulness of tobacco. Fifty percent of people in Mahala started to grow vegetables, such as cucumbers, peppers, spinach, and the biggest interest is in tea. There is essentially little farmable land, so they learn to plant in pots. A married couple, Dragan and Matilda, is currently engaged in seasonal work, but they plan to be engaged in gardening.


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