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Moringa Community School of Trades' - "MCSOT"
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Moringa Community School of Trades (MCSOT) 
 hosts first American Volunteer Teacher other than Mr. Jeffry

     An extraordinary confluence of events in late 2016 led to correspondence between Joseph Katz, Industrial Arts Teacher and fellow 1970's Millersville University grad and Moringa Community co-founder Jeffry Lohr.  Although Joe and Jeff attended the same college within the same years, they had never met. Nonetheless, this correspondence would blossom into a friendship and an international cultural exchange and the development of a new "Drafting Course" with Mr.Joseph volunteering to sponsor himself to travel to Ghana and develop our school's new Drafting Program.

    No one can tell the complete tale nor report more completely about the school and exactly were the Moringa Project stands as of 2017 better than the man who lived the adventure himself.   Please take a few minutes to read Mr. Joseph's Report by opening the PDF link below

 2017 Mr.Joseph's Moringa Community Photo Essay   

Joseph Katz 

HOW TO VOLUNTEER AS A TEACHER / ADVISOR AT MCSOT 

     If you are interested in being a volunteer teacher at Moringa Community School of Trades, please read Joe's Report to learn how well you will be taken care of and what to expect on the ground in Ghana. 

    Do understand we are a hand-to-mouth charitable organization that is always struggling for funding.  While we cannot sponsor your air travel to and from Ghana, nor can we pay you for your volunteered service, we can and will provide safe travel from time of arrival to time of departure while in Ghana. We will also provide a comfortable private room with private bath, refrigerator, WiFi, and king size bed for single individual, partnered team, or couple that are comfortable with sharing a King Bed.  We will also serve you the main meal of the day but you will be on your own to prepare your own breakfast and dinner that you can cook just as the students do, OR, you can hire one of the students in our Catering and Food Services Department as your private chef and assistant for the off hour meals.  Trust the kids would love such a job for perhaps a $1.00 a day wage plus a small stores budget for your dining pleasure.

    Moringa Community School of Trades is specifically in need of volunteer teachers in English, Mathematics, History, Computer Literacy, Health, Sex Education, Industrial Arts, Canning, and other disciplines.  In addition the school needs volunteers knowledgeable in general business management, marketing, advertisement, and general administration to help our school achieve our goal of self sustainability.

   As MCSOT is a school entrusted with not only the education but the safety of kids 14 to 18 years of age, we are obliged to screen any and all applicants appropriately.  In addition to submitting a reasonable proposal for how our students and school will benefit from your gift of service, applicants are required to submit a resume along with at least three professional references. 

    Applicants with provable teaching experience and background are favored over all other applicants.  .     

We require a minimum commitment of (3) three weeks  
but prefer and need longer periods if possible
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For sincere inquires, please contact: JeffryLohr@aol.com 

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Moringa Feeds 300 Guests at Height of Dry Season From Canned Good Stores at Our First Food Preservation and Small Business Development Fair!  
    
The Moringa School of Trades hosted the first Small Business and Food Preservation Development Fair on our compound in Breman Baako, Central Region Ghana on March 29, 2011. 

Abu & Jeffry Kia Truck & Chairs
Abubakar Abdulai / Moringa Ghana President and   Jeffry Lohr / Moringa USA Pres. at event entrance. Volunteers help push our Kia truck loaded with rented chairs up the hill on morning of event.
     This unique and extraordinary event was held at the time of year when food is hardest to secure at  the end of the dry season in Central Region of Ghana.  At this harsh time of year, many families will live off of nothing but cassava (a starchy root tuber) for months on end for lack of any other source of food.  Nonetheless, Moringa fed the nearly 300 people in attendance a delicious and hearty vegetable and tomato based meal prepared from our project's October 2010 canned good stores.

Joanna & Girls Ball Mason Jar
Joanna Obbeng / Moringa Culinary Arts Teacher prepare a grand meal for 300 Guests. Madam Kate and her canning trainees cook on our propane fired auto wheel rim cookers.
Many Regional Villagers and Dignitaries Attend Moringa Day at MCST 
As it was no secret Moringa was giving away a banquet style meal on the day of our event, the event was by "invitation only" and compound security was well organized by our staff.  The intent of the day was to introduce the large number of programs Moringa has developed to bring economic and food security to the Central Region that MCST serves and get other surrounding villages involved. 
Moringa Agriculture Tour Moringa Day SpeachesS
Samuel Acheampong / Moringa's Agriculture Dept  Head conducts organic farming tour of compound. Jeffry Lohr and Abu Abdulai on stage with Social Ministry Representative from the Capitol in Accra.

Moringa Knows How Fair gains MCST a lot of clout in Central Region.
Since the day long event, the Ghana Press has embraced Moringa Community Ghana as one of the most practical, goal oriented, well run NGOs in operation in Ghana.   Below the photos will tell the story of the day's activities and programs as well as text.  We hope you enjoy the photo and caption event tour below.  Note: Many of the photos below will enlarge if you click on them. 

Moringa Festival Day
Moringa Compound on Day of Event

Moringa Day Gate Moringa Drummers
Our 300 invited guests presented their invitations at our gate and were subsequently issued event bracelets for compound security purposes. The process worked perfectly for crowd control. The opening ceremony featured African drum music and various anthems from the Moringa Community Chorus.
Student Deonstrates DeWalt machines Third World Table Saw
Moringa Student Kingsford demonstrates the Third World Planer System to our audience. Jeffry Lohr (the only white guy in town) demonstrates the Third World Table Saw.
Home Canning in West Africa Home Canning and Food Preservation in Ghana
One of the most well attended and greatest crowd pleasing demonstrations at the "Moringa Knows How Fair" was Moringa's Home Canning and Food Preservation Demonstrations presented by our staff and students.  This was of great interest to many Ghanaians who never thought this was possible.  Madam Kate, one of our Canning Instructors, cans tomatoes that Abu specifically brought in from Northern Ghana for demonstration purposes on the day of our event. It should be noted that tomatoes are generally not available in the Central Region in the dry season lasting from January through April.  Our event was at the height of dry season.    
Bob Okyere Master Kente Weaver Student with Kente
Bob Okyere, Moringa's Master Kente Weaver and teacher explains the uniquely Ghanaian process to our attendees on the day of the event.   Samuel, one of students gives a thumbs up to the camera on Moringa Day.  Samuel is our most talented weaving student to date.

 

 

Explaining Canning In Africa Donation Box
Joanna Culinary Arts and Canning Instructor explains the importance of the canning process for W. Africa. Our USA donors should know that Ghanaians also donate to the Moringa project even though all are extremely poor. 

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