Malnutrition and hunger is still a big problem in Nepal today, and many diseases are caused by a deficiency of vitamins and nutrients. That is why the food kitchen is one of the most important services that Shanti provided in Nepal from the start.
Four grains and legumes form the nutritional foundation and provide the most important nutrients, minerals, vitamins and trace elements: rice, corn, chickpeas, peas, mungo and soy beans.
A letho mash is prepared from these ingredients for the children. The grain, to which wheat or brown rice is added, is finely ground and boiled together with water. Combined with juice and a vegetable purée, it's a hearty meal that keeps you feeling full. Underweight children gain weight quickly when fed with this.
The food is cooked on open fire pits in the courtyard, which are made of clay in traditional fashion. The ovens are fired with briquettes made from recycled paper and sawdust.