Using Moringa to fight hunger and poverty in Ghana
The Northern Region of Ghana is much drier due to its proximity to
the Sahel desert, its inhabitants are predominantly peasant farmers, due
to poor agricultural methods and longer dry season the region has the
highest poverty and malnutrition rate in the country
We are fighting malnutrition, hunger and poverty by growing Moringa trees! we call it green gold!
Moringa plant thrives in the most rigid soils and has amazing amount of nutrients and potential to fight malnutrition and poverty. It is a plant with enormous benefits
Even though we have been reaching out and helping hundreds of people
since its establishment in 2010, Drive Aid have solely relied on
volunteers and personal funding from its founders Clement and Femke
Matorwmasen, an IT Consultant and a Medical Doctor respectively, who
live and work in Ghana.
Moringa has numerous benefits from being used for food to potential development into biogas, its development is essential especially to rural poor communities. Amazingly Moringa grows almost in all areas where there is poverty, and the northern Ghana is blessed to have it, unfortunately it is highly under developed. Our hope is to grow and expand the use and development of this plant in our sub-area, to help in the fight against hunger and poverty.
What does your project involve?
Our hope is to feed more and let more smile
Moringa is a good source of protein, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, E and minerals like Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium and much more.Our goal is to grow more Moringa trees to achieve the following;
1. To process the leaves to be giving to malnourished children and pregnant women within our five pilot communities and clinics in northern Ghana.
2. Develop organic products from the various parts of the Moringa plant (such as soap, cosmetics products, oil, and organic pesticide/fertilizer) to generate funds to support our education projects in our target communities
3. Contribute our quota to battle climate change and protect the environment through the planting of more Moringa trees
We currently have over 60 acre land in 5 different communities, of which only 5 acres is developed into a pilot Moringa farm, with more funding we will expand to all our five communities and make use of all our available land.
368 Children and 5 communities are currently benefiting from our projects, all depending on our 5 acre farm, imagine the possibilities when we are able to expand.
Why is our project needed?
Kwashiorkor is the state where the children suffer from lack of nutrition and end up with a pot belly, “stunted” or worse death.
• The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is undernourished
• Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished.
• Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
• One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.
• One in four of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
• 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
Our hope is to help in this fight of poverty and hunger by growing Moringa trees!
Who else is directly working with us on this project
Dr. Femke Akkermans is a medical doctor and a lecturer at the
university in Tamale, she works as a co-founder of our projects and
working to specialize in nutritional analysis of the Moringa plant. With
more funding she will be able to specialize in the study of this plant
and help give proper documentation to back up the many testimonies we
Cudjoe Matorwmasen is an accountant who is currently volunteering his
time to manage our farms finances and also to help at the field.
Chalse Amamor is our field coordinator who supervises all activities of our farmers and farms, he is loyal and efficient, We will put him on full time employment as and when our projects become sustainable
Richard Bayisi is our field officer for our 5 acre farm at Kumdi (Kumdi is a name of a village, one of our target communities), In return for his services we give him, part of the harvest.
We occasionally have independent volunteers both local and international who devote time and efforts to help when they can. On average 5 volunteer every year. You can join us too!
We have several local partners and specialist who share in our vision and dreams, check our partners page for more detials
Our target audience consist mainly of malnourished children and
pregnant women, however the project benefits everyone in the rural poor
communities once initiated as stated in all the benefits
– Children form the basis and future of our communities, giving them the chance to grow and develop is the only way our world can develop in a positive way
What goals do we have for our project?
Our pilot farm for the next year will continue to provide leaves for
our target group and communities, in two years it will serve as a seed
generation field to supply seeds to expand the rest of our farms.
In 5 years we plan to produce organic and fare trade products to benefits our communities and target group and keep our projects sustainable.
How will we know if our project is successful?
– Through our pilot project we are already providing feeding and
nutritional support to 368 children in 5 communities, Tremendous changes
are already being record and witnessed through testimonies and response
from our communities- What will count as a successful implementation of
When one child is saved from malnutrition as a result of our project (saving one child at a time!)
When a smile is achieve from a hopeless mother as a result of renewed hope
When our communities begin to actively use Moringa as a means to reduce poverty
Our project is intended to be a self-sustaining, our hope is to sell out left over products, to generate funding to continue to promote and expand.nonetheless we need support to keep up to speed with the constant demand and need of the rural poor in our community, Since our project also have a bit of a business module we are looking for investors, partners and people interested to help in the expansion of the project.We are looking to buy more farm implements as and when more funding is available you can support us by visiting our support page keep the smile
Our arrangements are flexible and you will be given the opportunity to travel and explorer the country
Volunteers will be given one-on-on tour to local communities
Volunteers will trained to speak the local language and culture
Volunteers can visit, the Mole National park, Salaga Slave Camp, and many other interesting tourist locations in the region
Airport pick up from the Tamale Airport
Accommodation with this project is not very flexible as much as our education project since you will have to stay with the local family in the villages, how ever our staff will put up the best safety measures to ensure your well being
Breakfast and Supper will be provided by family host, please specify during you application process if you need special diet