Haiti Reconstruction

Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education

Benzolive, Moringa Oleifera

ECHO has a brochure in Creole on



and an information sheet:


Moringa matters website with lots of information and growing, care and recipes.


Iron Deficiency Anemia

This article from World Health Org. & United Nations Childrens Fund, says this is the most common deficency in the world and our health committee has seen that the people of our region need more iron. People naturally want to send vitamins especially for the children and women but this was impossible to continue since so many people needed them. God gave us a natural answer! This plant also has an abundance of vitamin A which works well with Iron to combat this Anemia. With education the people can make their own vitamins

The Moringa in Haiti is called Benzoliv.

This January we bought 6000 Benzoliv seeds and packets to plant them in. We distributed them to the agriculture groups in each of the chapels.

Benzolive new trees drumsticks Nicknamed the Drumstick Tree for many reasons. Considered one of the world’s most useful trees, as almost every part of the Moringa tree or Benzolive tree in Haiti can be used for food to fight malnutrition and has other beneficial medicinal properties.

Benzoliv is the best forage for livestock; It increases the weight gain of cattle and helps them produce as much as 50% more milk!

Benzolive also increases milk supply to nursing mothers!

Click this to see powerful presentation on the potential of this plant!.... Click Here!

Moringa/Benzoliv trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular—Trees for Life, Church World Service and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization—have advocated Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.


Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and reportedly without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. A large number of reports on the nutritional qualities of Moringa now exist in both the scientific and the popular literature.

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Click this to see a web site with recipes for Benzolive

Click this to see another web site with recipes for Benzolive

Click this to see how to make dry powder vitamins that can be used in many foods.... Click Here!

PLANTING AND SPACING: For intensive Moringa seed production, plant the tree every 3 meters in rows 3 meters apart. To ensure sufficient sunlight and airflow, it is also recommended to plant the trees in an east-west direction. When the trees are part of an alley-cropping system, there should be 10 meters between the rows. The area between trees should be kept free of weeds.

Trees are often spaced in a line one meter or less apart in order to create living fence posts. Trees are also planted to provide support for climbing crops such as pole beans, although only mature trees should be used for this purpose since the vine growth can choke off the young tree. Moringa trees can be planted in gardens; the tree’s root system does not compete with other crops for surface nutrients and the light shade provided by the tree will be beneficial to those vegetables which are less tolerant to direct sunlight. From the second year onwards, Moringa can be inter-cropped with maize, sunflower and other field crops. Sunflower is particularly recommended for helping to control weed growth. However, Moringa trees are reported to be highly competitive with eggplant (Solanum melongena) and sweet corn (Zea mays) and can reduce their yields by up to 50%.

We will use a spacing of 2 meters between trees according to this diagram

Health benifits from this plant that our doctors in Haiti say we need especially for high blood pressure.


Benzoliv seeds can also purify water! Miracle tree!

Benzoliv, must be washed and dried before crushing or grinding into powder, it also must be dried in the shade to save the vitamins!

Check out how they make Moringa powder in Thailand on this video

Sylvia Hegi our 1st HRI visitor in Arcahaie all the way from Interlaken Switzerland 

(discovering the value of Benzolive also known as Moringa)

Her group is north at
Montrouis and is scheduled for a training session.


Some day we hope to supplement peanut butter and distribute it to all the people.



Other projects we are trying to help them with:

One of their staples is called pitimi, it is millet seed that is ground into flour.

We have brought Burr Mill grinders on previous missions which will helps this process.

Since then an entrepreneur in the community bought a large hammer mill that is much quicker

They still use it for corn, but really love this one to make peanut butter.

George Farrell from R.S. has been going with technicians to Cape Haitian making peanut butter adding vitamins which they use to feed malnourished babies.


This grinder made for 3rd world countries by Compatible Technology International (click here) made in St. Paul.


Click here to see A powerpoint on Moringa known as Benzolive in Haiti

Father Samson says they really need more of these grinders so we really need your help for more donations

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