While returning from a great trip to Nicaragua, I was re-routed through El Salvador due to the bad weather in Houston and then got to spend the night in the San Fransisco airport 🙂 In the tradition of making lemonade out of lemons, I took my new-found extra time to reflect on the highlights of this trip.
Traveling with Steve Carson and Lesly Herrera, we started oﬀ this journey by taking the leaders from End World Hunger 2030 (EWH) and Seeds of Learning (SOL) to visit some of our champion Peer Educators (PEs) in Cristo Rey and Leon. It was very rewarding to watch and listen as Dolores, Isabella, and others shared about how moringa has made such a dramatic impact on their lives and how they’ve been spreading the knowledge in their communities and beyond.
Above, Dolores is sharing with Todd (EWH, at left) and our team about how adding moringa to the school lunches has improved the health of the children which, in turn, has improved their ability to be successful in school. We even had the privilege of serving lunch to the school kids! Below are a couple of Dolores’ many moringa recipes in process. She makes moringa soup, egg and moringa scramble, moringa “donuts,” and many other delicious dishes that the kids love.
In Cristo Rey, Isabella, shared her extensive record-keeping with Todd, explaining how many people she has trained, records she’s kept of their health improvements as they’ve added moringa to their diets, as well as records on how many trees they’ve planted, the health of their trees, and any problems they may have encountered in planting, growing, and harvesting. Through becoming a Strong Harvest Peer Educator, Isabella has been empowered to be a leader in her community.
We then went to Casa Verde, Matagalpa, and Ciudad Dario and saw some of the great work SOL is doing in community education and development.
Our Cristo Rey Peer Educators will soon be providing a moringa training for the SOL agricultural co-op in Casa Verde (above), and we’re looking at partnering with SOL at their other sites in the future.
Seeds of Learning (SOL) provides community development through a number of programs, both agricultural and educational. We were blessed to be able to visit two of their Learning Resource Centers (LRC). Above is Chamba, who, with his wife, Mina, have recently opened an LRC in the town of Matagalpa. Below, is Izayana. She and her husband, Patrick, manage the Cuidad Dario LRC, among many other projects.
We love partnering with other organizations as it enriches and expands the benefits for the communities in which we work. We’re looking forward to what the future holds for Strong Harvest, End World Hunger, and Seeds of Learning.