We are happy to announce that the Kar Geno Women's Group "Center for Hope" had a bumper crop of moringa in Kenya this year. They have harvested and dried the leaves to provide nutrition for children in poverty. We are so impressed with the women's hard work and determination to work together as a coop. They laboriously picked, dried and ground the leaves with a mortor and pestle to provide a first rate protein as a supplement that can be added to the food of children with malnutrition.
So, why is this a dilemma? You have supported the planting of moringa trees because its of its tremendous value. With this bumper crop, we are experiencing a harvest that we will need help in distributing to those with the most need.
We believe in sustainability with all of our projects which most importantly means for the farmers to become self sufficient. This is where we ask for your help in buying moringa from the women's groups. There is no question that children who are chronically malnurished do not have the same opportunity to develop to their fullest. Believing in the immense potential of all peoplewill lead to self sufficiency through each and every child provided with the nutrition to grow and thrive.
If you would like to contribute to an ongoing subscription or perhaps another one time donation, we will make sure that the women continue to be encouraged to grow the moringa and the children who need the nutrition will have access to it.
As you might notice from recent reports that we have only been working in Kenya. We were approached by an NGO in Northern Ghana where there is terrible malnutrition and yet moringa would grow well. There is still the issue of water, but we know that once established the trees are drought resistant. If we set up bucket drip irrigation, we could keep the trees going beyond the season of greater water needs. To expand into an area where the poverty is palpable, and malnutrition is devastating to the children, is something we are committed to accomplishing. You as a donor contribute to just that and we can't thank you more for your ongoing support!.
We are happy to announce the partnership of VV's moringa project with The Center for Gifted and Talented Youth. These young people have written a book that was published by the United Nations Foundation. All of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes into buying seeds. We are very happy to share in our progress and what their donation is making. We have sent the seeds to Northern Ghana so the youth group will understand their direct impact. We'll post photos when the project is underway.
Just like your donation and the donations you provided in the past, every time we receive a donation, we are excited to pass it on to ensure that the projects in Kenya and Ghana are sustained and doing well.
We are excited to announce a new moringa project for Community Initiatives for Rural Development (CIFORD) in Kenya. As huge fans of the miracle moringa - a nutritional powerhouse, we try to set up in areas where there is malnutrition and where the Moringa tree can add to the livelihood of the community.
This community program is rooted in agriculture, however, the dry region requires that the seedlings have sufficient care in their first few months. The best way to ensure their survival is to provide children with the task of making sure they survive to grow into trees. We recently provided 150 seedlings and tree management trainings to school children of Kamanoto Junio Academy in the dry region of Tigania West. These saplings will eventually be nursed by local women's enterprises who will be able to benefit from the tree yields.
We will buy the dried moringa to provide to a feeding program for 400 preschool children.
Thank you so much for your generous support of the Moringa Tree Project. We've planted thousands of trees since the beginning of this campaign and there has been great benefit to communities.
We have had our share of difficulties. We planted trees in the Transmara region with the Maasai area and due to the wildlife and livestock they herd, they were being eaten so we had a lot of loss. In the village where they are provided to women's groups, the women have been able to use them well and they are very enthusiastic.
The last trees were planted in the Turkana region where the people there are living in tremendous poverty. Having a tree that provides more protein than soybean meal is no doubt providing the nutrition needed where malnution affects growth and development.
Thanks again for supporting this project. For every dollar, a tree is planted!
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We are excited to report that we have been able to fund another moringa project in Kenya near Meru with Community Initiatives for Rural Development (CIFORD). CIFORD is a hard working community NGO that supports sustainable development projects, including farming, capacity building, public health awareness, women's issues and leadership development.
Our other projects have had varying success. Near Lake Victoria where it grows well, the women have been harvesting and drying the leaves as a nutrititional substance. They are experimenting with all of the uses but are most interested in enhancing nutrition for the many orphans in the villages in the area.
They are very excited to start a moringa tree nursery and we are thilled to support their work. Our next project wil be in Malawi.
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