In 2016 we brought an idea to the locals. To use the leaves of a locally grown tree, the Moringa Oleifera, to try and provide an extra source of nourishment to the children. We planted some trees on the Campus that summer and over the following 12 months received updates on their growth.
In summer 2017, the idea grew further. We were able to pick Moringa leaves, dry them and crush them to a powder. This powder is often found for sale at local markets in Zomba. We experimented with a number of ways to try and introduce Moringa to the children’s diets.
After some refinement, the most popular with the children turned out to be adding Moringa powder to fruit smoothies created from produce on our farm and through Flapjacks.
Since last years summer school, the locals have begun to build further on this. They are now incorporating some Moringa powder in smoothies and flapjacks for the children as well as educating them in the growth, maintenance and harvesting of the tree.
The images above were received in January. The rains had arrived and for that one time each year, Zomba was green!