Fidelia is a mother of five and lives on a small farm in Timor Leste. She struggled to grow crops and her family suffered during the wet season, known as the hungry months.
Malnutrition in Timor
Timor Leste has one of the highest levels of childhood stunting in the world. More than 50 per cent of children under five have stunted growth.
Like many other mothers, Fidelia worried her children would not grow up to be strong and healthy. We teamed up with our local partner, Hiam Health, to run a pilot project in Fidelia’s village to grow Moringa trees, which provide key nutrients for a healthy diet.
Moringa boosts health
Fidelia participated in a week-long training course at Hiam Health’s Residential Training Centre in Dili. She learned how to grow the Moringa tree and use different parts for cooking. She also learned how to dry Moringa leaves. This can provide vital nutrients and reduce the risks of malnutrition during the hungry months. We then helped her set up a Moringa crop in her garden.
Fidelia’s crop is now well established and provides fresh food for the family. Fidelia also dries the leaves to make tea, and sprinkles dried leaf powder on meals, especially rice porridge for her children. With her thriving Moringa crop, Fidelia is confident she can provide nutritious meals for her children, even during the wet season.