I’m so used to having a nice, big kitchen with lots of natural light and a window that it’s hard to imagine preparing meals for my family inside a South Asian Kitchen. A South Asian kitchen is very basic yet this is where a mother prepares delicious food for her family.
I read that in India women use wood, charcoal and animal dung for cooking. These can lead to serious health problems, including respiratory infections, low birth weight and eye problems. Cooking indoors increases the family’s exposure to smoke. Seventy-four percent of households cook their meals inside the house while 32 percent cook inside the house without having a separate kitchen or room for cooking.
Find out more about everyday life for women in Asia at: http://www.gfa.org/women/
Gospel for Asia has prepared a recipe for chapatis, a flat-bread, typically made three times a day in Asia. I am thinking of making it one of these days. When I do, I will blog about my experience and share the recipe. As I make chapatis I will be thinking of the women in South Asia who have to make do with extremely basic kitchens with no proper ventilation. And I will count my blessings that I have an electric stove, a self-cleaning oven and a fully functional kitchen with running water. And I will be thinking of what can be done to improve the kitchen conditions for women in South Asia.
The women in South Asia need access to clean water, improved sanitation and safe cooking fuel so that millions of deaths worldwide can be prevented.