It's been a great journey planting moringa trees and assisting children and nursing mothers with malnutrition. Moringa is very important for the elderly and those suffering from HIV/AIDS or Sickle Cell Anemia to stay healthy. and be productive. We purchase the powdered leaves from women's and youth groups to donate to preschools and other public health programs where the trees may not grow and where malnutrition is pervasive.
The moringa tree originated in India and was brought to Africa by people from Asia who used it as a source of food and medicine. It likes sun and can tolerate drought but it does not thrive where temperatures drop at night. Moringa grows fast and is available when are where few other sources of green leafy vegetables are available. With a high content of protein, calcium, minerals, iron, and vitamins A, B, and Vitamin C, potassium, copper, iron, choline and all of the essential amino acids the moringa leaves rank among the best of perennial nutrition.
Our study of the effect of moringa is only conclusive with the teachers and the communities who see the children looking and feeling better, the mothers having more milk to give their newborn and the health of those with suppressed immune systems.
For those of you who support the increase of nutrition in children one time or in an ongoing donation. Your kindness is multiplied tenfold.
If you have been a supporter in the past or better yet continue to support with a monthly donation, thank you!
We've always designed our programs to support sustainable solutions to community challenges and to use social enterprises to provide the best possible way forward for those in need. While moringa is a social enterprise for the women who grow the trees and powder the leaves, it's the poorest children who are either orphaned or live in slums who need moringa the most and where there is either little land available to grow or the climate is not appropriate.
With malnutriont, catching children who are preschool or younger, makes all of the difference in their future successes. Using your donation, we purchase moringa from the women's groups to distribute the powdered superfood to be added to the porridge of preschoolers in regions of debilitating malnutrition.
This is not a difficult task when we have the support of you and others. Malnutrition needs to be addressed in preschool to give every child the best start possible. Moringa is just that superfood.
Since we first started the moringa project, we have distributed thousands of Moringa seedlings and used local trainers to conduct trainings for over 30 women’s groups in Western Kenya in areas of widespread malnutrition.
Within the Kar Geno Moringa Project, over 12,000 Moringa trees have been planted in Western Kenya covering almost 5 hectares that will be capable of producing 50kg of Moringa powder per month. The women’s group powder the leaves supplying Moringa powder to the Kipsongo Project serving the Kipsango Slums and through programs with Joshua Machinga of Common Ground for Africa (37kg).
With a large population of children living with Sickle Cell Anemia in Muhuru Bay, we set up the Sickle Cell Anemia Initiative with Mama Maria Clinic and Hospital in 2016. Over 30kg of Moringa powder is regularly supplied and our trainer, Raphine Onyango Muga, organized and trained parents of children with Sickle Cell Anemia in growing the “miracle” tree.
This is where we ask for your help. To buy the powdered moringa to provide to children who are malnourished, we need donations to keep this all going as a social enterprise for women's groups who support their families.
A one-time donation or subscribing as some of you have done is so helpful to keep the goodness flowing.
We are always happy to report on the moringa project since once a tree is planted, it grows. It also continues to nourish and provide an income to women who grow the trees.
This last planting was again for Muhuru Bay with the families who have children with Sickle Cell Anemia. The Sickle Cell Warriors as they are known, are families with the challenge of caring for critically ill children who need better nutrition to keep them from life threatening crisis’s. The parents grow the trees and learned how to care for them this last month. The last plants were planted at Mama Maria Clinic and Hospital. This project puts the power in the hands and its planted at their homes to have ready access to this powerful nutrition.
For those of you who supported this program, we are asking that you consider another donation or even a monthly subscription. We are buying moringa powder from the Kar Geno Women's Group in Asembo to provide the children of the Kipsongo slums who eat mainly corn porridge with no protein. The feeding program is for pre school children because of the high incidence of malnutrition. Malnutrition when not caught is chronic and it will effect the children their entire life. Moringa is truly a miracle according to those who provide the supplement of moringa in the children's porridge daily.
The benefits of a monthly subscription will fortify a child to face the world they live in with the intellectiual capacity they were born with and the stature they were meant to have.
A tree planted anywhere helps everyone! We are convinced of that statement but the moringa tree is very special. Besides the tree providing oxygen and shade, moringa has rightfully earned the name of "miracle" tree.Containing more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants, the Moringa tree project provides a social enterprise that combats malnutrition.
By planting moringa trees with the Kar Geno for Hope women, they powder the leaves and are provided to children who are malnourished. Malnutriton is chronic so we try to catch the children in preschool feeding programs.
For Earthday, we have partnered with the wonderful Kipsongo Project who make beautiful necklaces made by the women who live in the some of the worst slums in Kenya. The sale of the necklace pays the women, plants ten trees and the children of the Kipsongo slums will receive the nutritional powerhouse to grow and thrive to nourish a healthy brain and body. To check the necklaces out go to our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/VillageVolunteers?ref=hl
Volunteer with the Kar Geno Women's group to teach work with their social enterprise programs and learn about moringa from the cultivation to powdering and distributing moringa to children's feeding programs. The programs where we have moringa projects have all seen benefits of health and well being. As a person who has contributed, we thank you and hope you will continue to help us spread this wonderful program so other communities.
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