This Christmas, international development charity, TREE AID, is asking people in the UK to start a small miracle by purchasing a slightly shorter Christmas tree and using the difference in price to plant trees in Africa.
Buying a 5ft tree instead of a 6ft tree will save around £10*. With this £10 a family in Africa can gain crucial access to a vital source of nutrition through the gift of a Moringa tree.
Otherwise known as the ‘Miracle’ tree, the leaves of the Moringa contain more protein than peas, more beta-carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas and more iron than spinach.
In Sub-Saharan Africa where 30% of the population (the highest percentage in the world) is undernourished, access to such trees can be the difference between life and death.
“The difference is very clear between a child fed on moringa and a child who is not. A child fed on moringa is very healthy and rarely ill. If he is ill from malaria, he will heal very rapidly. Children fed on moringa very rarely suffer from malnutrition,”
Nurse Marie Bassole, CASE Orphanage, Burkina Faso.