The Moringa Project

moringa-projectThe Moringa plant, native to Africa and Asia, is cultivated in many parts of the developing world because it grows quickly and has a high nutritional content. The seeds and leaves are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. Gram for gram, Moringa leaves have 2 times the protein of yogurt, 4 times the calcium of milk, the same amount of potassium as bananas, the same amount of vitamin A as carrots, and 3 times the vitamin C of oranges. This fast-growing plant can be harvested multiple times per year and also combats deforestation.

Moringa Pfoject Farm animals In our efforts to enhance the nutrition of the girls we support in the Dominican Republic, Here For Them raised funds to grow and plant Moringa saplings on leased farmland in 2012. Unfortunately, the first planting was seriously disrupted - as were a great many things on the island - by Hurricane Sandy in late October. Later in the year, Moringa plantings were reseeded on the land, and funds raised by Here For Them were used to harvest and prepare the leaves for use as nutritional supplements.

  • Inspecting the saplings
  • Moringa plantings growing
  • Farmers clearing land
  • Inspecting reseeded plantings