Capacity-Building Workshop on the Health Benefits of Moringa

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Capacity-Building Workshop on the Health Benefits of Moringa

Purpose and Approach

The Lawra Methodist Clinic will work with Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) to teach about the nutritional and medicinal benefits of moringa, and how to produce Moringa Soap to 10 women's groups and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) groups in Ghana.

The staff and patients of the Lawra Methodist Clinic use moringa to provide medicinal and health treatment to their patients. They also produce moringa soap as a means of income generation. The clinic is primarily funded through the sale of these moringa products. The earnings from the soap sales enable the staff to sustain the cost of running the clinic and orphanage, and pay for the treatment of the patients.

For this project, the organizing PCVs conducted a 5-day moringa training workshop in the Upper West Region, which was attended by 10 other PCVs and their counterparts. Once the workshop was completed, the representatives of these groups will return to their respective villages with the necessary tools, knowledge and skills needed to train their peers and colleagues on how to make moringa soap and how to improve their communities’ health through better sanitation practices.

In essence, the intent of the project is to teach about the medicinal and nutritional values of moringa and how to produce moringa soap. This project would bring together representatives of women and PLHIV groups, in an effort to empower them and to promote healthier lifestyles.

Background Information

The Moringa leaf has been proven to have the following health and nutritional benefits: increase the natural defenses of the body, provide nourishment to the eyes and brain, promote normal functioning of the liver and kidneys, lower the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, promote proper digestion, act as an antioxidant, act as an anti-inflammatory, improve the overall immune system of the body.


Empower women and PLHIV groups (20 participants) by:

  • Teaching about the moringa tree: how to cultivate them, and their nutritional and medicinal values
  • Teaching Moringa Soap Production as means of improving community health
  • Encouraging participants to use the moringa soap production skill as a potential means of income generation.
  • Assigning the participants leadership roles in their communities

Action Plan

  1. Select counterparts to attend the workshop.
  2. Buy supplies for workshop.
  3. Secure venue.
  4. Arrange accommodations for event participants.
  5. Arrange food for participants.
  6. Transportation of equipment and Lawra Methodist Clinic staff to event venue.
  7. Conduct workshop.


Currency Exchange Rate: 1.43 Ghana Cedi = 1.00 US Dollars

Community Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Contribution from community members participants 20 15 300 209.79
Event Venue 1 250 250 174.82
Lodging 5 people for 6 days 15/night 450 314.69
Event organizers labor 5 people for 5 days 10 250 174.82
Transportation of materials 1 350 350 244.76
Labor of attending community representatives 1 1,000 1,000 699.30
Total 2,600.00 1,818.18

Partnership Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Materials for Moringa Soap production (for 20 participants) 1 2,500 2,500 1,748.25
Transportation of materials 1 400 400 279.72
Accommodation 20 people for 6 nights 12/night 1,440 1,006.99
T & T reimbursement for participants 20 people 50 1,000 699.30
Honorarium the Lawra Methodist Clinic's staff 4 people for 6 days 30 720 503.50
Food for participants 25 people for 6 days 5/day 750 524.48
Snacks for participants 25 people for 6 days 2/day 300 209.79
Sachet water 25 1 25 17.48
Total 7,135.00 4,989.51

Total Project Cost
 % Contribution Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Community Contribution 27 2,600.00 1,818.18
Partnership Contribution 73 7,135.00 4,989.51
Total Project Cost 9,735.00 6,807.69

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Project Reflection and Sustainability

An instituted team of selected PCVs and community counterparts will be responsible for ensuring that the project activities are implemented according to plan. The participants will return to their respective communities and share the knowledge and skills gained with their colleagues and also implement activities learned at the training. The participants will serve as project leaders in their respective communities and will work closely with their PCVs to monitor the progress of activities.