The Northwest Artibonite of Haiti suffers from severe environmental degradation and socio-economic crisis due to deforestation, natural disasters, and the impacts of climate change. Since 2015, World Centric has worked with our impact partner DESPRI to stabilize critical watersheds in the region by planting moringa trees.
Moringa trees help reduce soil erosion, retain water in the soil, restore habitat loss, and increase the community’s engagement with environmental initiatives and land management. Moringa leaves are high in vitamins A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium and can be used to effectively treat malnutrition in these rural communities.
Each of DESPRI’s 6 tree nurseries is also associated with a women’s Self Help Group that is provided with training and education to increase leadership capacities and economic self-sufficiency.