Monday, May 2, 2011

Moringa News Spring 2011

Although Moringa has quite a ways to go to reach our goal of self sustainability by 2013, we could not be more proud of all that has been accomplished and the key milestones we have passed. Our Spring 2011 Moringa Newsletter is dedicated to our roughly 250 private American donors, to our corporate sponsors, Jarden Home Brands and DeWalt Power Tools, our sponsor Rotary International, and last but certainly not least, in gratitude to the five multi-denominational churches that have supported our mission of fighting poverty through education.

Please click on the photo link 2001 Moringa News (at left) to have an enjoyable read of our latest Newsletter issue titled “Turning the Corner.” In this issue, we purposely trumpeted the news of all our remarkable achievements to date. We have much good news to share. However, we continue to struggle financially, and have additional crucial programs planned but are without the funds to move them forward. We are hopeful that as you learn of our recent activities, you will be inspired to help us with continuing your financial support. “Turning the Corner”, our spring 2011 Newsletter, is our way of holding ourselves accountable to our donors and illustrating how truly effectively we have put their funds to work. To that end, this issue is brimming with good news. However, as of this release, we are still in desperate need of funds to cover the purchase of a second project vehicle to lighten the load of our worn out 1999 Kia project truck. Without reliable wheels, well, you are Americans. I doubt that I need to do much to convince you of that very real need. We also have three programs that still remain unfunded that we believe are key to us reaching our goal of self sustainability by 2013. Thanks to all who have supported us to date and we remain ever hopeful that our project will continue to be blessed by your kind support.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

"Moringa Community Knows How" Celebration in Ghana.

On the morning of March 29, 2011 approximately 300 people will gather on the grounds of the Moringa Community School of Trades in Baako / Central Region, Ghana for a day long event that has been promoted as the "Moringa Community Knows How / Food Preservation and Small Business Development Fair". This event is planned to dramatically unveil the power of food preservation through home canning via the provision of a fine noon-time meal for 300 people using 100's of quart jars of our tomato and vegetable preserves canned at the Moringa Compound in September and October 2010 at the height of the Central Region crop harvest in Ghana. As the end of March marks the tail end of the dry season in Ghana when food is scarce and many families typically are reliant on only cassava (a starchy tubor root) to see them through this harsh time, we believe all will take delight in partaking the well balanced delicious meal such as what we will be preparing and serving to all our 300 guests from our preserved stores. We believe this will draw a very high level of interest in this simple practical solution to W. Africa's food security issues that MoringaCommunity.Org is introducing into W. Africa.
Although the size of our facility and our preserved stores are significant, for crowd control and logistics purposes, we must limited attendance to our 300 invitation advanced ticket holders only. Invited guests have been carefully selected to include key representatives from many surrounding villages, government officials from Accra, The Ghana Ministry of Social Welfare, the USA Peace Corp as well as other key local people that are credited for volunteering thier labor to build our Moringa Community Center.
In addition to formal presentations such as the keynote address by USA Moringa C0-Founder, Jeffry Lohr, there will be ongoing demonstrations of our home canning process, demonstrations of Moringa's Third World Machine Shop Program, The Moringa Computer and Business Eductation Department, our Agriculture Department, our Kente Weaving Program, Moringa's Cistern/Artesian Well Running Water and Irregation System and many other exciting things we offer on our 9 acre compound in the village of Baako.
A big objective of the "Moringa Community Knows How Event" is to introduce and encourage development of a self sustaining management plan that will enable Moringa Community Ghana to become more and more self sufficient as we move into our fourth year of the Moringa project next year in 2012. We intend and hope for this to be a major media event for the people of Ghana to better encourage Moringa's model of African's helping African's to develop a practical, sustainable, small business economy that is African owned and African Run.
To see first hand what we will be exhibiting at this March 29th event and also to catch up on the latest news of our achievements to date, please have a look at our March 2011 Newsletter - "Turning The Corner" that you will find on our site at: