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.
By Shana Greene | Executive Director, Village Volunteers
Thank you for your past donation for moninga trees. Moringa trees are a great investment in the future for impoverished communities. We've planted thousands of trees in many of the areas we work in Kenya and Ghana but we've also found that it does not grow everywhere. Where it does grow, its thriving so we are indeed always happy to report on the importance and health benefits of children with malnutrition getting the nutrition they so badly need.
Our initiative to help children with Sickle Cell Anemia, a devastating and painful endemic in Sub Sahara Africa, has led us to plant moringa trees in regions where there is a large population of children suffering from the disease. Sickle Cel Anemia is the cause of the highest rate of childhood mortality and the children usually suffer from malnutrition as do their siblings. While there is no cure, keeping children out of crisis is a matter of health interventions like good nutrition, clean water and breathing exercises.
We work with many students and professionals who are helping us create curriculum to educate communities who had considered it a curse on their families. Sickle Cell Anemia takes its toll on families as its expensive to keep a child alive who may need blood transfusions. The protein and other nutrients required are hard to come by and this puts a strain on families who are poor and cannot afford adequate protein. All the children of a family suffers as poverty is a cruel cycle of difficulties. Moringa has the highest plant protein rate that is higher than soybean meal.
We are so pleased that our moringa trees are growing and the families have access to the trees that were planted. We still need help to buy the powdered leaves from our women's groups to send to other villages where the children are malnourished.
The moringa tree project is making a difference and it just keeps growing!
By Shana Greene | Executive Director, Village Volunteers
Seeds sent to the Village Volunteers office
It was a wonderful surprise when over a year ago, Char Geletka, a Director of the Center for Gifted & Talented Youth in Florida contacted us about how her students were interested in our moringa project because of the value to communities with serious malnutrition.
One of her students was particularly keen in finding us seed to be able to set up moringa nurseries in more communities in Africa and Asia. The heart that went in to calling growers and finding seeds to plant resulted in the group sending us a bag of seeds that they got from their donations. That bag of seeds went to Northern Ghana where they were planted in areas of extreme poverty.
Seeds from the same batch of seeds the students sent to us were planted in Florida at some of their homes. Surprisingly since moringa only seems to do well in very hot humid areas of the world and do poorly when the temperature drops, did well enough to provide us with a big bag of seeds this year to send to Kenya.
The bag will be sent to Raphine Muga who manages our moringa projects in Kenya for families with children with Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Disease results in the highest childhood mortality rate in Sub Saharan Africa where the poorest families cannot provide the nutrition that is required to keep their children strong.
When corn is a staple and often all that is provided, powdered moringa at even low quantities, can provides nutrition to young children with Sickle Cell Anemia. Morings is also provided to the very youngest children to combat malnutrition - a condition that is chronic when not caught early resulting in stunted growth and intellectual capacity.
We ask that you continue to help us by donating or doing a subscription se we can set up new programs, training for mothers in the planting, care and harvesting of moringa and the powdering and use of the dried leaves.
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