Thank you for your support of moringa trees planted in areas of malnutrition. One very special location in Kenya has been the most successful. In Kunya Village, Mama na Dada has had a wonderful project that has been supporting their preschool and orphan program. Tragedy struck as the Mama na Dada Centre burned to the grown last month. The children are still coming to the spot where their school was burned and all that is left of their program are the trees growing and standing tall.
Thank you so much for providing this ray of hope.
Shana GreeneExecutive DirectorVillage Volunteers5100 S. Dawson St. Suite 202 Seattle, WA 98118206-577-0515http://www.villagevolunteers.orghttp://www.facebook.com/VillageVolunteers
Thank you to all of you who have donated in the past and particularly to those who have a monthly subscription. The monthly funds keep the youth group planting trees and more money goes into their scholarship fund for the youth to attend school.
Today we are doing a training for a women's group to start their own orchard. Once the trees are mature in less than a year and a half, we will fund an oil press so they can make high quality oil for use and to sell.
Planting trees, providing scholarship funds and granting women's groups with an income producing project is a win win win.
Executive DirectorVillage Volunteers5100 S. Dawson St. Suite 202Seattle, WA 98118206-577-0515http://www.villagevolunteers.orghttp://www.facebook.com/VillageVolunteers
We are happy to report that our Moringa Tree Project is doing well and the trees that are planted are thriving. In the beginning, we had challenges with downpours washing the seedlings away, animals munching on them, and drought taking its toll on the tender seedlings.
Now that we are beyond that fragile stage, we are encouraged and excited for everyone involved. Our trainer Dickson Omandi loves children and inspires them with his enthusiasm for all aspects of sustainable farming methods. He teaches them about the moringa tree uses, encourages them all to take the trees home for their families and distributes more moringa seeds to plant.
We apprecaite your ongoing support and following our project. Those of you who are contributing each month through a subscription, you are helping immensely as the children are able to continue to plant trees and your generosity supports their school tuition through the moringa scholarship fund.
Shana GreeneExecutive DirectorVillage Volunteers5100 S. Dawson St. Suite 202Seattle, WA 98118206-577-0515http://www.villagevolunteers.orghttp://www.facebook.com/VillageVolunteers
We are happy to report that the moringa project is expanding in Kunya Village. Dickson Omandi from Trees for the Future will be facilitating more workshops with the students and community members starting Tuesday, December 11th. Dickson has joined us in helping to troubleshoot and to create a more diverse tree nursery project by adding fruit and fodder trees to the moringa tree nuseries.
While we have had some loss with animals browsing on trees.in our Maasai partner community, the trees are planted at the school and the Maasai warrier guards will now be on the lookout.
We are excited to see how happy communities are in embracing a project that is so helpful.
Thank you for your support!.
Hello Friends of the Moringa Project,
First of all, thank you for your generous donations and support since it has been integral to the Moringa Tree Project’s success. The project plays a vital role in creating community growth, increasing knowledge, enabling sustainability. and advancing community independence by empowering women’s cooperatives and reducing malnutrition in children. It truly lives up to its name as the “Miracle Tree”. The money you donate also goes toward supporting scholarships for children attending school through their tending of the trees in the nurseries..
We have introduced the Moringa Tree to more and more surrounding communities, educating them on the immense nutritional values, proper planting methods, water purification capabilities, and environmental benefits. The seeds have been planted and sown by community members and students so the project is naturally spreading..
Students and other community leaders help spread the project by conducting community outreach and trainings in conjunction with women’s and youth groups. The trees are still growing and the care of the moringa trees has provided a few lessons. There was a time when a rain uprooted our seedlings but they were replanted and no one was deterred.
The most important phase is to come with the communities being trained in their ability to independently support and maintain their Moringa Tree plots through increasingly establishing tree nurseries in community health centers, schools and orphan homes and increasing women’s independence and access to a sustainable livelihood.
Both Village Volunteers and the Lake Victoria Birders Organization participated in and hosted World Environment Day on June 2, 2012 at the Dunga Wetland in Kisumu, Lake Victoria. A total of 600 people attended the event: 18 youth groups, nine women’s groups, and seven NGOs. Activities included an introduction to the Moringa Tree Project, education about natural resources, and a lake clean-up conducted by the Dunga Youth Group. Village Volunteers has signed a one year agreement with the Lake Victoria Birders Organization to spread, support and continue implementing the Moringa Tree Project in low income communities in the surrounding area, thus ensuring that, in the future, the project may be maintained and developed independently by the communities involved. Through this strong partnership, Village Volunteers expects to maintain its work with communities and improve lives.
The Moringa Tree Projects’ long-term continuance is vital. Building the project with a strong foundation and infrastructure is crucial to ensuring its ultimate survival, sustainability, and impact on the communities.
We are continuously grateful for your involvement and contributions since continuing support from donors is essential for securing this strong foundation.
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