Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nutrition for Humanity

Why is the moringa tree vital in relieving hunger and poverty? How can you help Ugandan women eradicate poverty? How can you help specific organizations and causes that assist third-world and developing countries in their efforts to survive? All this and more in the comments under this category at For some, you can help by simply holding a “party,” and with all of them, by spreading the word of their existence. Also, you may appreciate my article on the "Four Best Fruits: Healthiest, Nutritious, High in Antioxidants and Fiber, Low in Calories"



At 8:01 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

My new friend Amy is involved with a fabulous organization that I learned about on her site. She was recently at a “Bead For Life” party where, in her own words, “There were no demonstrations or games, just beaded jewelry for sale made by Ugandan women who are struggling with AIDS, poverty and violence.

"The women use colorful magazines to roll the beads, which are then sold around the world through Bead Wear parties. Because the beads are made from rolled strips of colored paper (from magazines), every piece of jewelry is unique.

“The Bead For Life web site goes into detail about the women who bead, their mission, the jewelry, how to host a party, etc. It's really quite an amazing project.

“If you'd like to do something to support these incredible women, consider hosting a Bead Wear party, order some jewelry online or just spread the word about the project. Together we can help ‘eradicate poverty one bead at a time.’"

Darlene again. If you’re either a mother or a mother-to-be, I urge you to also visit Amy’s site: Musings of a Crunchy Domestic Goddess.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

The MORINGA TREE (M.oleifera), native to India, is a small deciduous tree with leaves and seeds that are important to human health, according to Compatible Technology International. CTI, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, “works to improve the lives of people in developing countries by designing food and water technologies that are sustainable and appropriate to local cultures, collaborates with in-country organizations to identify needs,” and strives to achieve widespread use of their technologies to relieve hunger and poverty.

Over the years, they have worked in India, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Zaire, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, St. Lucia and Guatemala.

According to CTI, over the past decade or two, Moringa research has shown that:

 The dried leaves contain, gram for gram, 4 times the calcium and 2 times the protein of milk, 3 times the potassium of bananas, 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges, and 4 times the Vitamin A in carrots.

 The seeds contain a valuable oil, and also a chemical that acts as a flocculent to reduce water turbidity, thereby increasing the effectiveness of water chlorination systems.

 The tree tolerates dry topical conditions, where frequent drought often leads to reduced supplies of nutritious foods.

 The tree is easily propagated, grows rapidly, and can be pruned in ways that ensure leaves are always accessible from the ground, making it easy to repeatedly harvest them throughout the year.

To learn more about CTI, or to help them in their goal “to create a world in which all people have adequate nutritious food and clean water,” go to Compatible Technology International.

CTI recommends three other web sites for organizations fighting global hunger: Trees For Life; ECHO, whose emphasis is on self-sufficiency; and Moringa News.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Got this as an e-mail from my friend Cindy, in Seattle, Washington:

Darlene, tell as many people as possible about this website: The Hunger Site: Give Food for Free to Hungry People in the World. They get sponsors, and the sponsors pay for the people who click each day on the website, providing food, shelter, etc. You can click once a day and together we can make a difference. It doesn't cost the person who's doing the clicking anything, just your time to help change the world.


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