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.
Shana GreeneExecutive DirectorVillage Volunteers5100 S. Dawson St. Suite 202Seattle, WA 98118206-577-0515http://www.villagevolunteers.orghttp://www.facebook.com/VillageVolunteers
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