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Moringa Day in Haiti

August 1, 2013

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.

Girls in pink dresses with trees cropped

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.

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Fabiano de Freitas – growing Moringa in Brazil

February 1, 2012

Fabiano and Moringa in Brazil

Fabiano with Moringa seedlings

Fabiano saw the Trees for Life website and read about the Moringa tree. He had already been growing this nutritious tree and donating saplings to local farmers and families. The Moringa tree leaves are nutritious and can be used as a supplement for people suffering from malnutrition.

He wanted a Moringa poster to help educate the community, but didn’t want us to spend money on sending it to him, so we sent him the graphic file. Here is what the poster looks like: Moringa poster.

Trees for Life also connected him with two people who worked

on the translation of the Moringa Book into Portuguese.

Fabiano is working in Rondonópolis, Brazil, the third-largest city in Mato Grosso. It is located around 215 km (134 mi) from Cuiabá the capital of the state. Population about 200,000. This link shows you where he is, deep in the interior of Brazil:

The following is from Fabiano:

“Ill try to explain my work with the moringa ok? But, sorry, because I don’t know English very well. Just my intentions are bigger with moringa than my English. LOL.

I’m very happy too because I’m having good results with moringa here in Rondonopolis – MT, Brazil. I’m cultivating it as you can see from the pictures that I’m sending. I put the seeds in the ground on December 27, 2011 and on December 31, 2011, they started to grow. I took the pictures with my twin brother on January 15, 2012. You can see they have grown more than 30 centimeters (12 inches) in just 15 days.

Measuring Moringa seedling

Measuring Moringa seedling

My twin brother and I made donations of seeds for farmers that I know (some friends, some friends of my friends…). See  the small plants in the picture below. I’m donating to a village of 100 local farmers. I will wait one year for moringa to grow and start flowers and new seeds. Then I can have enough for the city here where I’m living and maybe for other cities around.

Moringa seedlings in containers

Moringa saplings in containers

I’m the webmaster too. Here is my website: to help explain Moringa to the people.

Now, I’m studying Psychology at school and I intend to help people with nutrition and psychology, too – helping other people and make a good world.

When I have more results, I promise that I will pass more information for you.

It’s very great to have friends like you, across the world.


Fabiano de Freitas

Rondonopolis – Mato Grosso – Brazil

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Spreading the word about the miraculous Moringa Tree in Guatemala

January 26, 2012
This Moringa tree grew in one year in the mountains of Guatemala

The spread of the good news about the nutritional value of the moringa tree is due in part to people like Andy Harjula. Andy lives in Canada, but travels back and forth on his own to share with people in Guatemala how their lives can be improved by growing the moringa tree in their villages.

Trees for Life’s first contact with Andy was in December of 2010, when he requested printed materials to share with the Mayan people of Guatemala. Again in December of 2011, more materials were requested. Both times Andy sent along enough funds to cover the postage cost to Canada, though we request no charge for people doing development work.

On a recent trip this past January, Andy spoke to 300 students, including 45 doctors and nurses from Seattle who were in Belize to help for a week. So spreads the story of the miraculous moringa tree!


Moringa – The Miracle Tree

September 5, 2010

Watch this exiciting 10 minute video about Moringa from around the world