Home cooking is always a treat for many of us who don't live with our parents. What about those who lost their homes and livelihoods in Haiti during Hurricane Matthew?
I think so! The Rapino Foundation is creating homemade nutrition bars for Haitian women and children suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It is a fun way to bring awareness and engage our donor and volunteer community in our work in a participatory and meaningful way.
We set up a day for our volunteers meet at our founder's kitchen to cooking up our secret nutritional bar recipe and pack them in our emergency Mother and Child Kits. What's in the secret recipe? Well...if you insist, we incorporated a local, highly nutritious, Haitian-made ingredient called moringa leaf powder.
Leaf powder? Do not underestimate this leaf powder's capability, one gram has nine times the amount of protein in yogurt, fifteen times more potassium than a banana, and four times more vitamin B than meat. Not only that, moringa trees grow all over Haiti and its production and harvest provide livelihoods for many people.
These bars are not only a way to engage our community in intimate ways with those they are helping, but also by spreading the word about Haitian moringa leaf powder and its benefits, which supports sustainable economies in Haiti.