We’ve been working in Nicaragua since 2012 and have found the people we work with to be smart, resilient, and full of fun. Despite improvements in their economy and a drop in the percentage of people living in poverty over the last 10 years, the World Bank still considers Nicaragua to be one of Latin America’s least developed countries.
- 14.9% of Nicaraguan children under 5 years of age are stunted due to malnutrition
- 17% of the people don’t have access to clean drinking water
- 3.9% of the population lives on less than US$2.15 per day
Moringa can address these issues for Nicaraguan families.
Because people in all settings, from urban to rural, need good nutrition, clean water, and economic opportunities, we’ve trained Peer Educators wherever we’ve found a need: in cities, small towns, and remote villages. Moringa knows no boundaries and can be grown wherever it’s needed in Nicaragua – will you help us take it there?
Meet Lesly Herrera, our Field Representative in Nicaragua
Our Nicaragua Impact: 250+ Peer Educators in 11 towns and villages
Togo & West Africa
Our work in Togo began in 2014 in the small town of Noèpé, and quickly spread to the neighboring countries of Benin and Burkina Faso. This rapid growth is a testament to the need for solutions to hunger and poverty that are sustainable at the family level. As the 12th poorest nation in the world, Togolese families are in deep need of the basics of life.
- 22.3% of Togo’s children under 5 years of age are stunted due to malnutrition
- 35.6% of the people don’t have access to clean drinking water
- 28.4% of the population lives on less than US$2.15 per day
Moringa can change these heartbreaking statistics.
The simple, yet powerful, benefits of moringa have been moving across West Africa as Strong Harvest Peer Educator training is taken from community to community. Moringa can improve life for millions of people across West Africa. Help us spread this life-changing knowledge!
Meet Jean Abou, our Field Representative for Togo and West Africa
According to Jean, “When there’s moringa in the dish, there’s life in the dish!” As our Field Representative for West Africa, Jean has trained Strong Harvest Peer Educators in three countries: Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso. He has seen the positive impact of moringa in the lives of many families, but one of Jean’s favorite experiences was right in his own community, “when moringa restored life to a boy who was dying of malnutrition. Today, the boy goes to school and is the joy of his parents.” Jean’s previous experience as the Agricultural Officer at YWAM’s University of the Nations in Noèpé, Togo, gives him a solid foundation for his current work with Strong Harvest. Since 2014, he has been continuously training others in basic nutrition and how to grow and use moringa to improve the health of their families. Jean’s wife, Olga, along with their sons, love to participate in the trainings whenever they can. Jean also provides follow-up training and encouragement, as well as problem-solving and planning sessions for those he’s trained. Jean is always looking for opportunities to expand the impact of Strong Harvest and moringa in West Africa!
Our West Africa Impact: 1,000+ Peer Educators in 38 villages across Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso
Tanzania & East Africa
Strong Harvest founders, Rick and Jeri Kemmer, lived in Tanzania for a number of years and their work with moringa was born there (see our Founders’ Story). Since 2014, when they returned to Tanzania with Strong Harvest, they have been working with old friends and making new ones as they train Peer Educators across the country.
- 30.6% of Tanzanian children under 5 years of age are stunted due to malnutrition
- 23% of the people don’t have access to clean drinking water
- 44.9% of Tanzanians live on less than US$2.15 per day
Moringa grows quickly in Tanzania’s rich soil, providing sustainable benefits for the country’s many small-holder farmers. In 2017, our work expanded beyond Tanzania as we partnered with the ECHO East Africa Impact Center to provide Moringa Peer Educator training to more than 50 people from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and even The Philippines. These new Peer Educators are all deeply involved in healing and transforming their communities through agriculture, healthcare, education, reconciliation, and pastoral work. In their capable hands, moringa is a powerful tool in the fight against hunger, poverty, and land degredation and we are excited to see them spreading the knowledge of moringa across East Africa so that more and more families will experience improved lives. You can join us to train even more Peer Educators and be a part of the positive changes that moringa is bringing to families across East Africa!
Meet Raymond Maloka, our Field Representative in Tanzania
Meet Laata Mollel, our Field Representative in Tanzania
Our East Africa Impact: 960+ Peer Educators in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda
U.S. & Beyond
Strong Harvest trains people who live, work, and/or travel internationally to become Peer Educators so that wherever they go, whether with Strong Harvest, with another organization, or on their own, they can train others in the life-giving benefits of moringa. We provide both in-person and online seminars, so you can take our training whether you live near our headquarters or across the world! Peer Educators who have been trained in the U.S. or online have gone on to provide moringa training to local people in Colombia, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Haiti, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Togo, South Sudan, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Yap, The Philippines, and Indonesia. The reach and impact of Strong Harvest and moringa grows exponentially as more people become Peer Educators and then share their knowledge with the world! If you would like attend a training seminar and join our world-wide network of Peer Educators, just go to our Training Resources page. You’ll be able to register for a currently scheduled seminar or reserve your spot in a future one. You can even provide a scholarship for someone else to receive training – what an awesome gift!
Our U.S. & Online Peer Educator Impact: 220+ Peer Educators providing training in 15 countries. Your support of our work in the U.S. will provide training for countless others around the world!
In 2015, we began our work in the Cap-Haïtien area of northern Haiti, bringing a powerful weapon in the fight against hunger and poverty to families in one of the world’s poorest countries.
- 19.5% of Haiti’s children under 5 years of age are stunted due to malnutrition
- 22.9% of the people don’t have access to clean drinking water
- 29.2% of the population lives on less than US$2.15 per day
Moringa can make a difference for Haitian families!
Peer Educators have been trained in communities all over northern Haiti in basic nutrition and how to grow and use moringa for good nutrition, clean water, and additional income, as well as for reforestation. These Peer Educators are now training hundreds of other families in how they can have a sustainable source of health and hope right in their own backyards.
During our seven years of working together with our former Field Representative, Fritzner Mompoint (center photo at left), Strong Harvest trained 439 Peer Educators in 23 communities. If each Peer Educator shared his or her knowledge with just their families and neighbors, as many as 6,000 people will have learned about the rich benefits of moringa. And that’s just the start. One of the beauties of moringa is its simplicity, which allows the knowledge to naturally and continually spread as people experience its many benefits and share about it with those close to them. Out of his work with Strong Harvest, Fritzner started a successful moringa business, Grace Park Community Moringa & Gardens, and established a non-profit called Haiti Moringa Hub, all while continuing to pastor Lory Grace Baptist Church. This is a great success story, and we’re thrilled that the knowledge of moringa continues to reach into Haitian communities. For now, our work in Haiti is on hold as we consider options for continued impact in this area. We celebrate the amazing work that has been done in Haiti and look forward to whatever is next.
Our Haiti Impact: 439 Peer Educators in 23 communities
Choose the Impact Team that speaks to your heart!
Your investment provides families with the knowledge and tools they need to grow and use moringa for improved health and additional sources of income, while caring for their land and improving the local and global environment.
Through your support, Strong Harvest is able to provide trainings in new locations, manuals and materials in the local language, continuing education and follow-up support, a monthly stipend for our field representatives, equipment, logistics, transportation, and communications. Your support increases Strong Harvest’s reach and impact, enriching the lives of families with sustainable resources right in their own backyards!