Hunger
 Kenya
Project #9176

Combat Malnutrition with the Moringa Tree

by Village Volunteers
Vetted
Women
Women's Group planting moringa trees

What we do know is that Sickle Cell Anemia (SCD) is a debilitating disease that has created the highest rate of childhood mortality in Sub Saharan Africa.  What we also know is that most of the children with SCD also suffer from malnutrition and have extremely painful joints. Like many diseases, nutrition and exercise plays a big role in keeping bodies strong to fight each crisis. In a study in Benin, they have shown that health interventions has dropped the mortality rate of SCD in children to that of other diseases. That to us was enough information to set this project into action with the super food moringa. 

With this knowledge we have formed a holistic program with educational curriculum and also using moringa to provide critical nutritional support. This project also facilitates an income producing opportunity for impoverished families who are dealing with a very vulnerable child who needs medical intervention.  

Peter Kithene Founder of Mama Maria Clinic and Hospital has donated two acres of land around the clinic being made available for moringa planting and harvesting, for the families who have registered as a member of the Sickle Cell Warrior Muhuru Bay Chapter.

As part of the Moringa Tree Project, Asembo Kar Geno’s training under Raphine Muga on using moringa as a food source is training the families and has covered topics such as planting methods (including demonstrations), ideal growing conditions, pruning, harvesting seeds and leaves, processing the powder from leaves, the plant’s nutritional and medicinal benefits, and recipes. Seedlings were given to each of the participants and the trees are being planted as funding will allow around the compound. He is currently working with the clinic director Silas Nguru to prepare land to support another 200 more saplings that we hope to plant.

The planting of the trees and the camaraderie is crucial for families who feel a sense of isolation in a community where disease in the family is seen as a curse, and for whom feeding and nourishing their children is a constant challenge. Our aim is to get families talking so they can share and unload their burdens, plant trees and see their children's health improve.  

Thank you for your continued help with planting this health promoting tree. 

Shana Greene, Village Volunteers

child and baby with Sickle Cell Disease at clinic
child and baby with Sickle Cell Disease at clinic

Dear Donors,

Every year, almost 300,000 babies are born with a form of Sickle Cell Disease. The majority are in Sub Saharan Africa with a very high rate of childhood mortality. Even in the absence of medication, health education has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing mortality in young children. A  pilot program in Benin has shown that with good nutriton and health interventions, it is possible to reduce mortality among African children to the same level as other children. Moringa with its powerhouse nutrition, and protein higher than soybean meal is an important health interventions that will provide nessesary nutrients that are missing in the diets of the children in these areas plagued by poverty. 

Partnering with Dr. Marie Ojiambo, we will be launching our Sickle Cell Anemia Initiative this month by holding a Kick it with Kenya, public health awareness soccer tournament. Our goal is to support families who are dealing with a sick and dying child through support groups. Our first Sickle Cell Strong Muhuru Bay Chapter will be planting two acres of moringa trees as a means to nourish those affected by Sickle Cell Disease as well as the children who are suffering from malnutrition. 

The women in Muhuru Bay who have children with Sickle Cell Anemia will be maintaining the trees, powdering the leaves and selling some of the harvest to help support their families. 

We are excited to marry three of our initiatives with an integrated, holistic program approach.

Thank you,

Shana

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Dear Donors,

We are just so happy that we are working with the Kar Geno Women's Group in Siaya, Kenya. Kar Geno translated from the local language, Luo, means Center for Hope, it was formed to empower women and youth through self-help initiatives. These women meet on the tenth of every month to discuss arising challenges and community issues and to explore and share ideas. They run several activities from handcrafts made from water hyacinth, to girl child education empowerment, farming, and the Moringa project. These resourceful women also do table banking which is a funding strategy where members meet once every month, place their savings, loan repayments and other contributions on the table and then borrow immediately either as long term or short term loans.

We marvel at the resourcefulness that they took with the moringa tree project and therefore were able to successfully deliver dried moringa for feeding programs and to increase the nutrition for the children in this village that struggles with poverty. They not only grew the trees but were diligent about learning how to make powdered moringa and efficiently and effectively providing us with moringa tree powdered so we can provide to feeding programs in the poorest regions in Kenya. 

We would love to expand this project even more not only to support the work of Kar Geno but to help those children who struggle with malnutrition. If not caught early, children will not have the same intellectual and growth capacity which is often tragic. Our goal is to spread the work of Kar Geno by purchasing their excess powdered moringa, and to grow more trees where malnutrition is widespread. 

Thank you for you generosity.

Shana Greene

 

Dear Donor,

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.  

Thank you,

Shana Greene

Dear Donor,

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.

 Thank you for your donation!

Best regards,

Shana

 

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Village Volunteers

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.villagevolunteers.org
Project Leader:
Shana greene
Seattle, WA United States
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