The Moringa training organised by the UMCOR was aimed at providing adequate knowledge to the Malawi United Methodist Church (MUMC) about the Moringa plant and its nutrition and economic benefits. The 5 day training each was held in Blantyre and Mchinji with 33 and 37 participants respectively.
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (REZ) supports Moringa Forests initiative programs in Malawi in partnership with the Malawi United Methodist Church (MUMC). Currently, the program has three sites, Nacholi, Nsanje and Madisi. REZ and MUMC desire to continue establishing seedlings of Moringa tree to later transplant and incorporate into forestry systems of farming. This will also help in the prevention of malnutrition. The communities shall continue to have fully functioning nurseries to provide seedlings for Moringa forestry systems, promoted by trainings by UMCOR. Thus, a Moringa forestry system supported by a fully functioning Moringa tree nursery has become the preferred means of addressing the problems associated with malnutrition with the Malawi church.
Mozart Adevu and his wife Janet took the participants through the harvesting of the Moringa leaves, preparation of powder with the leaves as well as its nutrients and medicinal benefits.
Mr Stony Subili, the leader of the participants expressed gratitude to UMCOR and all the organizers for their support in the training and assured them that they would in turn teach other individuals in the various communities that they were coming from to help them become self-employed.
One of the Byson Chimatiro, said, “When I was coming here, I had musculoskeletal pains, but since I started taking the Moringa powder for the past 4 days, they are all gone. Thanks to Moringa”
“Thank you UMCOR, REZ and MUMC for the wonderful training. We will never be the same” last words from participants.
By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo