Moringa Tree Project
The Moringa Tree Project is a sustainable approach to combating poverty, malnutrition, and environmental degradation. Trees purchased from the local Environmental Youth Action Corps (EYAC) or school farming clubs funds education and provides social enterprise opportunities for rural women’s cooperatives schools, orphan homes and clinics. The fruits, leaves, and pods of these “miracle” trees are used for food, cooking oil, cattle feed, clarifying water, and bio-fuel; creating enterprises that foster economic development and generates income for rural villagers. Growing the moringa tree in impoverished and deforested areas, using the derivatives to improve nutrition in areas of malnutrition as well as economic development creates a win, win win, win.
Rural villages struggle every day to combat a variety of societal issues, each an integral component to the healthy growth of communities. These issues include poverty, malnutrition, deforestation, land degradation, a lack of employment opportunities, and insufficient educational funding for vulnerable children.
Long Term Impact
Moringa trees are: rich in nutrients higher in protein than soybean meal; drought resistant once established; used for household water purification; a source of edible oil, bio fuel, and cattle feed.
The Moringa tree contains:
- All the essential amino acids
- 4 times the Vitamin A of carrots
- 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges
- 4 times the calcium of milk
- 3 times the potassium of bananas
- 3 times the iron of spinach
Planted at orphanages and schools, the trees provide a sustainable solution for malnutrition By providing adequate nutrition for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers, children will realize their full intellectual and physical potential. Women s groups will attain valuable entrepreneurial skills enabling them to provide for their families and ensure a better future for their children. Through the EYAC, youth complete their education and learn practical life skills in the nurseries. Education assisting and empowering locals fosters development at the grassroots level.
“Few food sources in the plant or animal kingdoms come close to the benefits of the moringa oleifera plant. No wonder it is often referred to as the miracle tree, a savior of the African people.”
- Joshua Machinga. Kenyan Project Director, Common Ground for Africa and Pathfinder Academy
For more information on the benefits of the Moringa tree, watch the video below and visit our Sustainable Village Library.
How You Can Help
Donate through Village Volunteers.
- $15 provides 15 tree seedlings to an orphan home to combat malnutrition
- $30 provides 30 trees to local schools for feeding programs
- $70 provides 40 trees and a bucket irrigation system for a women’s cooperative
- $100 provides 50 trees, garden tools, and a bucket irrigation system for a women’s cooperative
- $150 provides 50 moringa tree seeds and a rainwater catchment tank for the development of a moringa tree nursery
- $300 provides an oil press for a women’s group to begin extracting and selling moringa tree oil
Spread the word
Keep updated on our progress on Facebook and share with others.
Assist us with fundraising events or get your workplace involved through a matching program. Contact us.
Join Village Volunteers working in villages with local village Environmental Youth Action Corps (EYAC) groups at schools and orphan homes, and with women’s moringa cooperatives.
* As part of Village Volunteers’ sustainability policy, we plant 10 trees for every volunteer who goes through our international volunteer program to offset the carbon emission from the international flight.