People around the world can use ECHO resources. David and Doris Strong moved to Cambodia in 1997. They lived there for years. The couple served as development workers. Many of the women Mrs. Strong worked with didn’t get enough nutrients in their food.
The Strongs had met an ECHO network member in Burkina Faso. He taught them about the moringa tree. They learned more through ECHO Development Notes. That journal contains practical information about growing food. The Strongs learned that moringa leaves are rich in nutrients. They could be a helpful dietary supplement.
They also got moringa seeds from ECHO. “That was a miracle,” Mr. Strong says. A friend had taken a tour of the Florida farm. He bought a packet of 10 seeds there. Then he mailed the packet to the Strongs, thinking it might be useful. “Lo and behold, it was God’s timing.”
Moringa already grew in Cambodia. But it wasn’t plentiful. Older Cambodian locals knew that it was a good leaf. But they ate it only a few times per month. The Strongs’ team worked with Cambodian officials to promote use of the plant.
In the team’s work, “we always connected [moringa] to the Creator God,” Mr. Strong says. “What a tremendous resource God gave the Cambodian people.”
ECHO also has centers in Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Thailand. But on echocommunity.org, anyone with access to the internet can share knowledge, read articles, and ask questions. People in Florida and Thailand chat about chickens. Folks in Honduras and Tanzania talk about trees with deep taproots.
The Strongs now live in Florida. They work with ECHO. The organization “is really about empowering local people. It’s not about us. It’s about them and God,” Mr. Strong says.