Cambry Orphanage in Haiti, is where we successfully started our Moringa program in March. The director of the orphanage pulled 14 children aside and added the powder of crushed Moringa leaves to their diet. Within a month each of those children had gained two pounds. He immediately expanded the program.
Malnutrition is devastating and it's effects are seen throughout the population in Haiti. It is a sad fact that many children are in the orphanages because their family simply cannot afford to feed them. Red hair is a symptom/result of malnutrition, as are ridged fingernails and stunted growth. It is not uncommon to be shocked when a child tells you that they are much older than they appear to be.
The wonderful thing about Moringa is that it grows there already. Haitians call it the D'Olive tree. The Peace Corps has been planting it for years in areas where malnutrition is a problem. Unfortunately the Peace Corps is not working in Haiti now, but Trees for Life works in Haiti on these programs. Haitians can be reluctant to try new ideas, so in this case we must applaud the orphanage director who took a chance, and the children who are gaining from that gamble. The program will be expanded to other orphanages in the area and hopefully many more children will soon be showing signs of rejuvination and recovery.
It was completely obvious to me when I visited Cambry in July that the children were stronger and more fit than only weeks before. The director credits Moringa for the improvement. I would encourage anyone working in places where malnutrition is a problem to research Moringa and give it a try.