It was so good to be back in Miti Mingi, to us Miti Mingi ni yumbare (is home). We loved hearing that the tiny Moringa trees that PottersHeart had bought were thriving, producing flowers and seeds. These trees are sometimes called miracle trees, every part of them is nutritious, like nature’s multi- vitamin. The leaves alone providing 7 x more vitamin C than an orange, 4 x the calcium of milk, 4 x the vitamin A of carrots etc. The tree also has antibiotic and anti inflammatory properties. We are encouraged that the trees are now producing seeds, so neighbour will be able to share with neighbour. Eventually every family will have at least one tree. This really is a win, win situation.
We had such a breakthrough whilst teaching about family planning, it is really difficult for some of the matriarchs to accept this as the way forward. The problem is that they then stop the younger ones from seeking help, and from following the teaching. Hence there are still many very large families, and parents struggling to feed babies and children. This is before you begin to think about educating them and seeking medical attention. Today was a lightbulb moment for the senior matriarch, she manfully sat through the teaching, finding it so hard that at one point she put her scarf over her head and face! Finally she got there, there were tears and laughter, and one of the younger Mums stood up and honoured her for listening and learning. Fantastic result, let’s see what happens next.
We just love these people, life is so difficult, but they are loving, cheerful and so eager to learn. Looking forward to tomorrow when we go to a far away village, not so far from the Ethiopian border…….. more to come.
Love Linden x