Thank you for supporting the Moringa Tree Project in the past. It’s been a program that has had its ups and downs. It all depends on climate and farmers as to the success of the moringa tree. Relatively drought resistant, we have had long stretches of draught that took its toll. This is life in programs that planted nurseries without irrigation. We recognize the ebb and flow but support the flow as we are able.
All and all, the moringa trees maintaining and proving that nutrition is key for hunger. The importance of our immune systems and a balanced diet during a pandemic cannot be stressed too much.
The staple in diets is corn. A child may only eat corn porridge morning noon and night. Their diet is sorely lacking in protein which is key for growth and development. Moringa has all the amino acids needed for growth and it can be grown as a crop because it is just the leaves that are used. The seeds and pods are used but if a tree goes to seed, it impacts the leaf growth.
Again, thanks for your help in planting more trees and providing nutrition Even if you can only donate $10 a month, we will be certain to use your donation for the most vulnerable communities who have embraced the miracle moringa tree.
This is the last day to report and I'm at a loss. The pandemic has been brutal in the regions that we work in but we are particularly focused on areas of hunger and malnutrition in Kenya. We have been wiring funds from donations to buy powdered moringa from the communities that have been successful in growing trees and powdering the leaves to sell.
The recipients from donations will be mostly for families who are dealing with food insecurity. During this pandemic, its been catastrophic ln rural areas who live a subsistent life. While we have been focused on sustainability and creating income through agriculture that provides optimum nutrition, Kenya has stopped congregating and merchants are unable to sell their wares. Today, the need is difficult to describe because the reports I get are filled with grave concern for the near future to deal with the growing hunger crisis.
As we all go through this pandemic around the world, we are glad to see Kenya take wearing of masks seriously. We are watching closely and wish our partners strength and resolve to do whats necessary to end this cruel pandemic.
Thank you for your donations and particularly those who are subscribers. Even a small amount adds up.
As we consider the fate of all vulnerable people during this global pandemic, it was difficult to write the report because the need is now relative. When the whole world suffers, there is profound sadness.
I had heard about from a youth group that plays mbira (thumb piano) in Zimbabwe. They are learning this ancient music that has all but vanished in Zimbabwe. They told me that they were street children that were formed to play music and plant trees. I happen to know their director and he is a good man with a huge heart and an environmentalist soul. They asked me about moringa and if they could do a program like ours. They weren't asking for funds but hoping to learn from us. There was no doubt in my mind that they needed the funds to buy supplies and so that was my hope for this period of time from donors. Zimbabwe has had a drought and food insecurity is palpable so helping them establish moringa nurseries seemed to be a win-win situation.
Planting a tree anywhere helps everyone! Stay safe!
Thank you for your assistance in continuing our moringa project. Raphine Muga, our moringa miracle tree trainer conducted a training on November 27th, 2019 in one of the poorest regions in Kenya, Baringo County.
Raphine Muga's report: I trained a total number of 54 women representing over 30 women groups that work with Dandelion Africa. Three men were also present in the training. Topics that I covered were; what Moringa is, different types of Moringa, how to plant Moringa, how to harvest Moringa, and how to extract Moringa powder and Moringa oil. We also covered all the medicinal and nutritional value of Moringa and how to use Moringa to treat diseases and many other health conditions.
I traveled with 5kg of Moringa powder for distribution to preschool children, seeds, and 150 seedlings. I set up a demonstration garden, where I showed the groups how to plant Moringa and we planted Moringa trees together with the Women.
Hopefully, I will be back to Dandelion Africa in 3 months time to see the progress of the project.
Thank you so very much for supporting this project and should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
PS. Your one-time or recurring donations add up to provide nutrition and income-producing projects that enhance life for many and improve the lives of children with malnutrition. Thank you!
Thank you for your past assistance in helping us plant Moringa trees and develop tree nurseries in rural Kenya. With the last donations, we were able to do train 50 community members on its use and how to plant Moringa trees. These community members and trees were spread far and wide in over 70 communities where there is widespread malnutrition.
Moringa is a tree where the leaves and pods are used and the tree does not need to be cut down. The pods give a quality oil that is high in Omega 3's and the leaves offer high-quality protein and other nutrients that are the building blocks of health. We have always focused on preschool children but just as important, the nutrients helps increase milk production for lactating mothers as well as cows and goats that provide milk.
The trainings were conducted by Kar Geno, a partner NGO in Kenya that has been very successful in growing Moringa and boosting the health of their community. The area where they trained is in Baringo County one of the poorest regions in Kenya. While we have no hard statistics on the success of growing moringa in the communities we've served, we only hear anecdotal stories about sickly preschool children growing and having more energy and vitality. That is proof enough for us.
We ask that you continue to help by donating to buy moringa from the entrepreneurs who have learned to grow the trees, powder it and make it available. It doesn't take much but it can mean all the difference in the life of a child.
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