Neem foundation welcomes you. We are a research foundation that engages in projects involving education and awareness campaigns on the value of preserving, conservation, expansion and sustainable utilization of natural resources laying more emphasis on the rare indigenous species of plants most of which happens to be endowed with immense medicinal and economic value.
The foundation was established in the year 1996 by the late Professor Anthony Kithinji Mwongo and has come a long way since, managing to create a positive atmosphere for the alternative medicine industry in Kenya. We have registered impressive rate of growths, both in terms of research, environmental conservation and provision of quality researched and affordable alternative medical care to Kenyans..
At Neem foundation, we work with communities in all regions of Kenya to help them eradicate poverty through income generating activities by establishing nurseries for timber, fuel and medicinal trees like Neem tree, Moringa Oleifera, Acacia merifera, Prunus africana, Warbugia ugandensis, Carissa edulis and countless others.
OUR OBJECTIVES .
1. To improve the health provision by
•Establishing gardens of healing plants for demonstrations, and fields for cultivation.
• Developing recipes for making natural medicines from locally available healing plants.
• Supporting the establishment of pharmacies, both in hospitals and the community, that specializes in locally produced natural medicines that are inexpensive and easy to use.
• Encouraging existing pharmacies to stock and promote natural medicines.
• Publication and distribution of posters, books and seeds.
2. To support local people in developing self-confidence and increasing their knowledge, by
• Recognizing and building on the strength of the already existing network of traditional healers.
• Conducting week long seminars in Natural Medicine for formally trained health workers, e.g. doctors and nurses, traditional healers, community workers and administrators.
• Enabling health workers and traditional healers to agree on an “Ethical Code of Conduct” and on the means whereby they can collaborate for the good of the region.
• Questioning and opposing dangerous practices, even if they are a part of the local tradition, e.g. female circumcision.
3. To support people in becoming more active in the care of the environment, by
• Giving instruction in the appropriate disposal of waste.
4. To oppose processes of negative development, by
• Supporting people in growing and using their own plants and seeds in the face of the threat of the patenting of the seeds and use of healing plants by multi-national corporations
• Campaigning against the manufacture and distribution of consumer products that contain carcinogens such as food color, benzene derivatives in soft drinks , mercury in Amalgam etc.
• Opposing the dumping of unhealthy or dangerous products, e.g. electronic waste, Sugar drinks, out-dated and expired medicines in Africa.
• Opposing publicity for sugary drinks that destroy the local production of fruit juices.
• Avoiding everything that maintains the economy supremacy of the North to the detriment of the south.
5. To promote local ecumenical collaboration between religion and health services, by
• Reflecting together on how to reach harmony with God, ourselves, each other and the whole creation.
• Studying the importance of spiritual and physical healing.
6 To promote local and international cooperation and peace, by
• Participating in international networks for the exchange of knowledge about healing plants and natural medicines.
• Involving people of different professions from different regions, church backgrounds and faiths.
• Conducting seminars in refugee camps and areas of conflict, involving people of different local functions.