Written by Steve Carter – Trees for Life Board Member
In January of 2012, James Kishlar, the director of Agro-forest Regional Nursery (ARN), an organization whose aims are to plant trees, broaden crop diversity, and expand job opportunities in Haiti, contacted Trees For Life after reading about the Moringa tree on the Trees For Life web site. We at Trees For Life were happy to share what we had learned about the Moringa tree and what we were doing to encourage the utilization of Moringa to fight malnutrition and assist individuals and organizations world-wide in achieving their economic, social, and environmental goals. Since that time, James has made the Moringa tree one of the most important species he hopes to plant and establish in Haiti.
In a recent email, James reports on some of the efforts his organization is making to expand the use of Moringa in Haiti: “Our Moringa Day was on June 5, 2013, a part of Environmental Day in Haiti. We were participating with the Haitian organization Programme National pour la culture et l’utilisation du Moringa- Benzolive : PLANDOLIV. Our part, which we financed, took place at Digue Matheux and Barbancourt. The children were given Moringa trees free of charge to plant at their homes, with a guarantee from us that if their trees lived for one year they would be rewarded. We are scheduled to have a Moringa Planting Day, within 2 weeks where the same children will be planting 35,000 Moringa trees within ‘live fence’ sites.”
Students taking their Moringa trees home.
Young girls with their Moringa Trees
Presentation on Moringa at one of the schools
Young girl taking her Moringa trees home
According to James, over 900 students and teachers . . . from 3 different schools participated in the Moringa Day events, with some 2,500 Moringa trees distributed! He used Trees For Life’s Moringa informational pocket brochure and is presently working on a Haitian Creole translation for the material.
Trees For Life is pleased to have been able to contribute to efforts at afforestation and bio-diversity in Haiti and we are proud of the success of Moringa Day. We applaud the hard work and dedication of James Kishlar and ARN and hope that we may be of help in whatever way we can in the work of re-building Haiti and empowering Haitians as they create the future of their country.