Today Caitlin and I went down to the Nutrition Center, where the orphans eat out. We visited with some of the kids in the program and then waited for the orphan kid’s food to arrive. We were going to change it up.
There is this magnificent plant in Haiti called Moringa, known as Dole Leaf to the Haitians, and it has the capabilities to pull a child out of malnutrition.
Amazingly, Moringa grows in subtropical areas, where malnutrition is most prevalent. It was as if people had a goldmine in their backyard and simply didn’t know it. Moringa leaves could practically wipe out malnutrition on our planet.
|Where Malnutrition Is Most Prevalent|
|Where Moringa Grows|
Experts agree that the long-term solution to malnutrition is the use of foods rich in the essential nutrients often lacking in people's diets. Modern scientific research is proving that Moringa leaves are one of the richest sources of such nutrients. Even small amounts of the leaves could protect thousands of people from suffering and death.
Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain:
We have one of our outreach moms collect the leaves, dry them and then we grind them into a powder. We mix half a tablespoon in with their meal. The kids in the Miriam Center have been using it for at least a few months and with the plague of mumps and fevers running rapid amongst the orphanage and school children, the kids need nourishment and anything that will help them to stay healthy, as well as build up their immune systems.
We sprinkled some of each of the older boys plates, as soon as they said it was good and then the younger ones then wanted it. Later some of the girls were complaining that we didn’t want them to be strong because we didn’t give them any. Little did they know that we mixed it in the giant pot of food and they all got some magic powder. We will do the same at dinner tonight as well.
As a staff, we have begun using the magic sprinkles on all of our meals to help provide us with the nourishment that we need and cannot get from our food in Haiti as well.