Moringa Tree Planters

Project Hope Art is ready to go with our Moringa Tree Planter Project using recycled materials! In this case, we have coffee sacks and wire coat hangers.

First, you take apart the hanger and make a circle. Then thread it through the open top of the coffee sack, which may have to get cut down depending on how large you want to make it. Use any excess wire to hang your planter!

I’m thrilled to share this experiment with the kids in Haiti! Much thanks to Urban Adamah and Dan’s Cleaners for donating supplies. 🙂

Why do we love the moringa tree so much?

The Moringa tree, also known as the Tree of Life, is known for it’s highly dense nutritional content:

  • 7 times the vitamin C in oranges,
  • 4 times the calcium in milk,
  • 4 times the vitamin A in carrots,
  • 2 times the protein in milk
  • 3 times the potassium in bananas.  
Moringa trees grow easily from seeds or cuttings in hot climates. They grow quickly even in poor soil and can be prepared in several different ways, making the moringa an excellent candidate for fighting world hunger and malnutrition.

Why Choose Art?

One of the most powerful stories of inspiration for this mission came from the diary of Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin, who was amongst the first British soldiers to liberate the concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen in 1945.

“It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for those internees than the lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nightie but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the post-mortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity.”

As we search for a way to keep them fed, we can give these kids a reason to laugh like children, to play like children, and to dance.

Rather than lipstick, help us source paints, journals, copper wire, pencils, scissors, feathers, glitter and charcoal. Support us in our current Indieagogo Campaign:

Project Hope Art gears up for The Bounce Festival!

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Birds! Flowers! Art! This year The Bounce Festival is pairing up with Project HOPE Art, a group of artists who provide art healing workshops for kids in Haiti. You have a chance to make a difference, support the Intentional Whimsy movement and take your very own piece of The Bounce home! This year’s stage design will have cut outs of animals and flowers designed by the children in Haiti that Project HOPE Art has been working with for the last several years. The cut outs will be available for sale to raise money for PHA’s art+science programming in Haiti which brings creativity, joy, and hope to these children’s lives.  

To learn more about and to donate to PHA, look for the Project HOPE Art booth during The Bounce Festival.