86 Transplanted Successfully
Today, we closely inspected each tree to see whether they had successfully taken root in their new locations or not. Of the 100 trees we planted at the end of last month 86 have survived the transplant and are producing new growth of stems and leaves.
The pictured on the right is the first Moringa tree that we planted in the end of March, and it is now about 7 feet tall. The amazing growth and rapid production of these trees makes them ideal for a nutritional supplement added into foods. Already we can see that their growth rate far exceeds that of all other produce that we are growing. Harvesting from the Moringa tree can begin within the third month of planting, and only continues to be more productive as time goes on.
support 1 child
Our current estimations show that it will take only the leaves of 2 trees that are three months or older in order to support 1 child continuously. The Moringa's leaf production is continuous and renewable. If the Moringa leaf powder were to be added to school lunches twice a week, it should only take about 4 trees of supplemental nutrients for 19 children continuously.
Growing the trees at various homes in the slums is also a possibility. Only vertical space is occupied to produce a significant supply of nutrition, so it is an ideal tree to be planted for families with access to only a small area of land. In the slums many families have hedges growing around their shanty, and the Moringa grows just fine in the confines of narrow hedge rows.
Executive Director and Co-Founder of HHMV