A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar

by Zahana
Dec 27, 2012

Outreach beyond our own community

Edible Moringa leaves
Edible Moringa leaves

Zahana has always tried to do outreach to neighboring communities. Planting Moringa trees has been successful for us, thanks to our gardeners. We have done this, (see website), not only because Moringa are fast growing trees, but their leaves, flowers and seed pods are highly nutritious. We plan to plant many more Moringa trees, something we jokingly call our Moringa forests. Originally we started with 1 kg gram of seeds we acquired from the Minister of Agroforestry.

During our site visit in December 2012 a bolder idea emerged: The next time we will buy more Moringa seeds and distribute it to schools in neighboring villages as well. It is our hope, that the teachers will plant the seeds with their students and grow Moringa trees in their school yards. We will offer to the teachers, that our gardeners will come and visit their village and work with the students on their gardening activities. This is a rather innovative project, because currently only Zahana’s schools have school gardens. Many people have told us that in the 1960s, after independence from France, they had school gardens and growing food was part of their curriculum. It is a rather small investment of time and money to plant a seed that may grow huge benefits of good will and improved nutrition.

We hope in case you are in the fortunate position of making end-of-year giving decisions, you may considers Zahana in Madagascar as well. And, if you have already done so, thank you very much for your support. We have currently half a dozen projects with GlobalGiving that make online donations a breeze.  While there are very nice ways and euphemisms out there to talk about donations, the bottom line still is that without your support, now for the seventh year, our work in Madagascar would not be possible.  

Happy 2013!

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

Moringa growing in the schoolyard
Moringa growing in the schoolyard



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Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website: http:/​/​zahana.org
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Honolulu, HI United States

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