Excerpted with permission from The First Responders, by the Reliance Foundation and the Observer Research Foundation, this article shares the story of Shipra Singh. Born in Lalpur, Shahdol district, Madhya Pradesh to farmers, Singh was compelled to marry early and widowed in 2011. This excerpt focuses on the incredible work done by Singh, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.Shipra's passion for learning was not dimmed by her personal difficulties. She managed, in 2020 at age 32, to complete her schooling and pass her class 12 examinations, all while working as a [Anganwadi] Karyakarta.Her own experiences as a young mother and the seven years she spent as a social worker attached to the Anganwadi, kindled a passion for caring for malnourished children and counselling pregnant women to educate them about pre- and post-natal care. Her cause would not have been lost on the people of Shahdol, where intergenerational food security and imbalanced diets are matters of grave concern.The National Family Health Survey - 5 (2019-21) found that in Shahdol, 57.3 percent of children between six and 59 months are anaemic. Similarly, over 56 percent of all women between the ages of 15-49 suffer from anaemia. Recognising the extent of the problem across the country, the government launched the 'Anemia Mukt Bharat' programme in 2018 in order to raise awareness about anemia, increase the availability of iron-folic acid tablets for girls and women, and use strategic communication to bring about a change in behaviour.Reliance Foundation too, is helping combat malnutrition and anemia both in Shahdol and across India. The Foundation's unique nutrition garden model called the Reliance Nutrition Garden (RNG) has been instrumental in promoting balanced diets by making fresh green vegetables available at home. Indeed, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), nutrition gardens are an efficient means of improving household 108 food security and eliminating micronutrient deficiencies. They provide direct access to a diverse range of nutritionally rich food in a cost-effective manner; and their use helps decrease the prevalence of anaemia in women.Shipra's dedication to the improvement of nutrition in Shahdol led her to become a POSHAN Sakhi, i.e. a woman working to strengthen the nutritional status of women and children, as part of Reliance Foundation's programme to help establish RNGs across the district. As a Poshan Sakhi, Shipra motivated and provided hands-on assistance to households - that had been identified by health workers as being malnourished or anemic to set up nutrition gardens in their front or back yards. While the Foundation provided the necessary technical support, training for the Poshan Sakhis, and inputs such as seeds and fertiliser, Shipra and her fellow Sakhis built public awareness aboutthe importance of nutrition gardens, mobilised households, and helped families establish and sustain their gardens. The Sakhis have also helped set up RNGs in Anganwadis and schools.When the Covid-19 pandemic hit India in March 2020 and the country went into a nationwide lockdown, families were forced to keep inside their homes. Shipraalong with the help of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the local administration, and NGOsled the malnutrition control programme by visiting individual households.Her regular work was stalled and tasks that seemed routine became challenging and even life-threatening.