Lammangata Moringa -- the Seed of Community Wellness


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Lammangata Moringa -- the Seed of Community Wellness

  1. 1. PRESENTATION ON 1/27/2011
  2. 2. CONTENT <ul><li>WELCOME & INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>MISSION AND VISION </li></ul><ul><li>BACKGROUND INFORMATION </li></ul><ul><li>LAMANGATA MORINGA </li></ul><ul><li>LAUNCH </li></ul><ul><li>METHODOLOGY </li></ul><ul><li>NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATIONAL EVENTS </li></ul><ul><li>CHALLENGES </li></ul><ul><li>WAY FORWARD </li></ul><ul><li>CONCLUSION </li></ul>1/27/2011
  4. 4.      BACKGROUND INFORMATION <ul><li>Sedikong sa Lerato is a community based organisation, established in 2005 due to escalating number of orphans and vulnerable children, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the local community of Tooseng. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact making process was applied, with the members of the community and conducted a needs analysis within Tooseng village, </li></ul><ul><li>Which led to the establishment of the drop-in centre </li></ul><ul><li>Feeding scheme was developed to alleviate poverty in the village and assure that orphans and vulnerable children are cared for and protected. </li></ul>1/27/2011
  5. 5. 1/27/2011 <ul><li>The project officially launched in January 2006, and within a month there were over 300 supported children within the feeding programme. </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of 2006, Sedikong had a full-blown organic vegetable garden producing vegetables to supplement the kitchen. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2007, however, Sedikong secured a year’s funding from the Limpopo Department of Social Development, </li></ul><ul><li>this offered Sedikong the opportunity to devise new ways of intervening in the lives of its children and in the community </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1/27/2011 <ul><li>In 2008, Sedikong began planning and initiated the development of a project to cultivate the Moringa tree, the leaves of which can be considered as “super food” because of their astounding nutritious elements. </li></ul><ul><li>Planning continued into 2009 until Sedikong launched the Lammangata Moringa project in March 2009, planting thousands of Moringa trees, </li></ul>
  7. 7. MISSION <ul><li>MISSION | We aim to alleviate hunger and poverty and to promote healthy living and a strong sense of self for the orphans and vulnerable children of Tooseng, helping them grow into confident, awakened human beings.  </li></ul>1/27/2011
  8. 8. VISION <ul><li>VISION | Today’s downtrodden are tomorrow’s leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>VISION | Today’s downtrodden are tomorrow’s leaders. </li></ul>1/27/2011
  9. 9. LAMMANGATA MORINGA <ul><li>Lammangata Moringa | Sedikong’s chief subsidiary project is a food security initiative cultivating and utilizing Moringa Oleifera, the “Miracle Tree”, a plant possessing remarkable nutritional properties. </li></ul><ul><li>We cultivate and distribute Moringa seedlings to the most economically disadvantaged households in rural Limpopo communities and South Africa at large also produce and sell edible Moringa Leaf powder and provide community education in health and nutrition. </li></ul>
  10. 10. LAMANGATA MORINGA LAUNCH <ul><li>Holding community Moringa education events, and disseminating Moringa seedlings to community homesteads for free </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing families to take control of their nutritional well-being. </li></ul><ul><li>Shortly after the launch in March, Sedikong received initial funding from Southern Africa Trust specifically for the Lammangata Moringa project. </li></ul>1/27/2011
  11. 11. Lammangata Moringa launch March 2009 1/27/2011
  12. 12. 1/27/2011
  13. 13. PROJECT INTRODUCTION <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Lammangata Moringa is a community wellness and food security project, cultivating and utilizing Moringa Oleifera, </li></ul><ul><li>The “Miracle Tree”, and a plant possessing remarkable nutritional properties. </li></ul><ul><li>We cultivate and distribute Moringa seedlings to the most economically disadvantaged households in rural Limpopo communities, </li></ul><ul><li>We produce and sell edible Moringa Leaf powder, and provide the community education in health and nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>Moringa Oleifera is indigenous to India but has naturalized in Southern Africa and is non-invasive. </li></ul><ul><li>Moringa leaves are being utilized by countries all over Africa to stem malnutrition and hunger </li></ul><ul><li>Moringa leaves are astoundingly nutritious and are easily added fresh or dried to traditional dishes. </li></ul>1/27/2011
  14. 14. 1/27/2011 <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Lammangata Moringa is born out of the idea—endorsed by the World Health Organization—that personal nutrition is the foundational building block of development. </li></ul><ul><li>It is also responding to the global food crisis and the serious problem of food insecurity in southern Africa and aims to utilize locally available resources to meet the challenge. </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledging that the problems of malnutrition and low diet diversity are linked to poverty and lack of education, </li></ul><ul><li>Lammangata offers Moringa Oleifera seedlings and nutritional education at no cost to rural communities in Limpopo province. </li></ul><ul><li>Being a subsidiary project of Sedikong sa Lerato Drop-in Centre, our Moringa leaves are added to the daily meals of the nearly 400 orphans and vulnerable children who benefit from our food and nutrition programme. </li></ul><ul><li>The immediate social impact of people consuming Moringa leaves is, naturally, the improvement of their health and a drastic increase in their ability to ward off illness, disease and infection. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>For vulnerable children, it also means a more normal physical and mental development process. For pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, it means a healthier mother and baby. </li></ul><ul><li>For economically disadvantaged families, it means less money spent on expensive fruits and vegetables, and thus a financial burden lifted. </li></ul><ul><li>In this sense, Lammangata Moringa is addressing a fundamental aspect of poverty alleviation and development in both the short and long term, </li></ul><ul><li>with particular focus on assuring that vulnerable children get the nutrients they need to be healthy and develop properly. </li></ul>1/27/2011
  16. 16. <ul><li>The dissemination of Moringa means a widespread improvement in the health of the community and a long-term investment in local food security, </li></ul><ul><li>all of which positively affects not only the mental and spiritual well-being of the people </li></ul><ul><li>their ability to work, earn an income, and improve their standard of living </li></ul>1/27/2011
  17. 17. Project Aims <ul><li>To serve as an income-generating project for Sedikong sa Lerato, for Sedikong to become self-sufficient </li></ul><ul><li>To make the highly-nutritious Moringa plant available to the residents of Tooseng and Ga-Mphahlele at an affordable cost, thereby alleviating hunger, illness, and malnutrition </li></ul><ul><li>To bring jobs and development to the community of Tooseng </li></ul><ul><li>To provide South Africa with a substantive, local source of moringa (presently moringa can only be purchased from foreign sellers), and to offer an example to the general public of what can be done with the tree (currently there are no large-scale moringa projects, only small-scale growth on homesteads) </li></ul>1/27/2011
  18. 18. THE PROBLEM <ul><li>The Problems are poverty, malnutrition and low diet diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Most village families rarely consume protein-rich meats and vitamin-rich vegetables. </li></ul><ul><li>Most children aren’t enjoying a diverse diet that provides the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids necessary for healthy physical and mental development. </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics show that Limpopo residents suffer considerably more from Vitamin A deficiency than do residents of other provinces in South Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>The most obvious effects of malnutrition are hunger, stunted growth, low energy, diarrhea, respiratory infections (like TB), and poor vision. </li></ul>
  19. 19. 1/27/2011 <ul><li>As residents of the village, all these effects are clearly visisble in Tooseng village </li></ul>
  20. 20. HOW IS LAMMANGATA ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM <ul><li>Lammangata Moringa aims to stem hunger and malnutrition by offering remarkable nutritional benefits of moringa oleifera, the “ miracle tree”, at zero or very low cost to the poorest of the poor in Tooseng community, across Ga-Mphahlele, and eventually to communities across Limpopo and South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>The leaves and seeds of Moringa Oleifera, dubbed by some to be the “Miracle Tree”, offer an almost unbelievable array of nutritional benefits and are safely consumed by humans. </li></ul><ul><li>Moringa leaves possess more vitamin C than oranges, more vitamin A than carrots, more iron than roast beef, and more protein than milk. </li></ul><ul><li>The tree is easily cultivated in semi-arid climates, grows quickly, and is not invasive. </li></ul>
  21. 22. 1/27/2011 <ul><li>The nutritional value of moringa leaves is almost unbelievable. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to these nutrients, moringa provides all the essential amino </li></ul>
  22. 23. PRIMARY ACTIVITES OF LAMMANGATA MORINGA <ul><li>Planting of moringa oleifera trees on 5 – 10 hectares of land ( including clearing land, ploughing, planting and irrigation) </li></ul><ul><li>Production of leaf powder ( includes harvesting, rinsing, drying, grinding and packaging) </li></ul><ul><li>Training of local women to manage and carry out the project </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of moringa seedlings among community members </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing and of leaf powder to local consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Educational programmes and outreach programmes </li></ul>1/27/2011
  24. 25. MORE SEEDLINGS 1/27/2011
  25. 26. Project Founder, Ms Mavis Mathabatha, planting moringa trees with the gardener 1/27/2011
  26. 27. 1/27/2011 Crushing dried leaves into powder 100% Organic Moringa Leaf Powder
  27. 28. ...THE FINAL PACKAGED PRODUCT 1/27/2011 <ul><li>MORINGA PACKAGES </li></ul>
  28. 29. Who is benefitting? <ul><li>Primary beneficiaries are the members of Tooseng village and Ga-Mphahle region </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be able to purchase moringa leaf powder at extremely low cost and </li></ul><ul><li>Receive seedlings of their own for personal cultivation </li></ul><ul><li>The benefits are mass nutritional well being and increased collective knowledge of nutritional needs </li></ul>1/27/2011
  29. 30. METHODOLOGIES <ul><li>Organic growing of moringa oleifera trees, implies a process of planting and growing that is entirely natural </li></ul><ul><li>Free from unnatural chemical applicants, fertilizers and other man-made substances </li></ul><ul><li>Fertilizers are drawn from a composting process utilizing the local animal dung and pest control is natural </li></ul><ul><li>Organic growing is essential because it preserves the natural powder of the moringa plant for optimum nutritional benefit </li></ul>1/27/2011
  30. 31. LAMMANGATA MORINGA <ul><li>Lammangata Moringa is born out of the idea- as articulated by the World Health Organisation, that personal nutrition is the foundational block of development </li></ul><ul><li>It is also responding to the global crisis and the serious problem of food insecurity in Southern Africa </li></ul><ul><li>It aims to utilize locally available resources to meet the challenge </li></ul>1/27/2011
  31. 32. ACCOMPLISHMENT <ul><li>It is South Africa’s first community Moringa project. </li></ul><ul><li>To date, over 5000 households and community projects have been given a Moringa seedling to help them take control of their nutritional well-being. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted and planned “Shatter the Silence!” and “HIV/AIDS, Teenage Pregnancy, and Child Abuse Campaign” in partnership with Capricorn District Municipality. </li></ul><ul><li>Offering support and advice to 4 satellite projects in the surrounding region </li></ul>1/27/2011
  32. 33. ACCOMPLISHMENT <ul><li>Most notably, Sedikong sa Lerato launched the Lammangata Moringa project in March 2009- through nutrition education events and the dissemination of seedlings to the community, </li></ul><ul><li>Lammangata aims to harness the nutritional and healing power of the Moringa tree to stem malnutrition in rural areas of South Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>Lammangata educational outreach and seedling program is funded by Southern Africa Trust. </li></ul>1/27/2011
  33. 34. ACCOMPLISHMENT <ul><li>Post March 2009- 5000 Moringa trees were distributed to the rural community across the district and the local municipality as a whole. Furthermore, Moringa seedlings were distributed to over 150 community based organisations providing services to orphans and vulnerable children. </li></ul><ul><li>Major achievement for 2010 – The Director of Lammangata Moringa and the project, received an award as the National Female Entrepreneur Farmer of the Year 2010, rendered by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, for more information, please visit www.bua . </li></ul>1/27/2011
  37. 38. Challenges, Opportunities & Lesson Learned 1/27/2011 <ul><li>Our community has embraced Moringa beyond our expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>There has been zero resistance to the introduction of the tree. </li></ul><ul><li>Our method of community education was helpful— events led and directed by community members, offered in the local language, and carried out in local village style. </li></ul><ul><li>For the project to grow as planned we are appealing for financial leverage and support from the government, parastatals and corporate social investments. </li></ul>
  38. 39. Way Forward <ul><li>Plant Moringa tree farm and mentor small scale farmers to become our feeder in the long run. </li></ul><ul><li>An Agroprocessing plant to produce and package Moringa Products in large quantities. </li></ul><ul><li>Replicate the project in the other 8 provinces of South Africa and to SADC Region over a period of ten years. </li></ul>1/27/2011
  39. 40. KEY DESIGN CRITERIA <ul><li>COLLECTION POINTS </li></ul><ul><li>LOCAL MORINGA PROCESSING PLANT MARKETS </li></ul><ul><li>TAs * One stop Shop Export </li></ul><ul><li>SMMEs * Value Added Services Inner Africa </li></ul><ul><li>- Plantation Corporate Retail </li></ul><ul><li>- Raw Material Extraction Hospitality </li></ul><ul><li>- Production Preparation Independent Retailers </li></ul><ul><li>Larger -Packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial - Distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Suppliers External Products </li></ul><ul><li>- Biofuel </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa Powder </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa Tea </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa Medicinal Products </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa Cosmetics </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa Drinks including juices </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa soya mince </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa instant Meal </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa Bread </li></ul><ul><li>- Moringa (Water purifyer) </li></ul>
  40. 41. KEY DESIGN CRITERIA <ul><li>The proposed facility will: </li></ul><ul><li>operate on a commercial basis </li></ul><ul><li>We have abundant land from Traditional leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Province will establish shared facilities for local small scale farmers to: </li></ul><ul><li>- Plant </li></ul><ul><li>- Harvest </li></ul><ul><li>- Process </li></ul><ul><li>- Package </li></ul><ul><li>- Brand and </li></ul><ul><li>- Distribute </li></ul><ul><li>Individual farmers/ agents will operate freely </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Management Company to operate facility </li></ul>
  41. 42. Conclusion <ul><li>Lammangata Moringa is prepared to deliver the poorest communities from the bondage of Malnutrition, Food insecurity, chronic diseases and unemployment. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information visit: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Google :Mavis Mathabatha </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Cell No.: 072 362 0885 </li></ul>