Makueni community has a high rate of malnutrition among community members. Because of food scarcity during dry seasons, the population suffers from a lack of proteins, vitamins and full range of essential nutrients. Because of the severe effects of climate change, good, clean water sources are rare, and the community must rely on contaminated water collected from earth dams and sand dams. Under these conditions, they are susceptible to a wide range of poor health and disease conditions.
The Moringa Oleifera tree can provide a source of nutrition to community members, especially during the dry seasons. Moringa contains nine essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, 46 antioxidants, minerals and is a rich and rare source of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferolt. It can improve human lactation and treat a variety of chronic illnesses, bites, wounds, and other ailments. The seeds provide a quick and reliable method of water purification.
This project will provide over 1000 households with agricultural resources during dry seasons. Every part of the Moringa oleifera are edible and rich in nutrients. The trees will become a reliable source of nutrition as well as raw materials for an indigenous system of medicine. Moringa oleifera tree is drought resistant and essential for climate change mitigation and adaptation in these areas with a potential to help over 10,000 community members to treat water from contaminated sources.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Moringa seeds for water purification
Moringa seeds research done for water purification
Documentary on moringa
Moringa Oleifera - The Never Die Tree