Jack Fruit Trees: The Faces of Hope

March 24, 2014

There are certain things which have great impact in our lives, despite the smallness of the act itself. A kind word from a friend, a plate of our favorite food, or in the case of a village in Ambalantota, a Jack Fruit sapling. During 2014, Mother Foundation is supplying the families of this Sri Lankan village with 130 young Jack Fruit Trees. This now re-built community is on the south central coast, an area which suffered severe devastation during the 2004 tsunami.

The jackfruit tree is a great inexpensive source of protein, carbs and fiber. The sweet yellow fleshy fruit is delicious raw or prepared as a cooked meal or dessert. 100 gm of edible raw jackfruit provides about 95 calories and is a good source of antioxidant Vitamin C to boost immune systems. Boiled seeds are rich in protein. This fruit is used in many Asian dishes.

Below are the faces of some of the families who have received their saplings. After looking at each of the pictures, the phrase”130 trees” begins to take shape; rather than an obscure figure, these photos remind us that each of those trees represent real families, each with their own names and stories. The purpose of these pictures is to no longer see these trees as a nebulous abstraction, but as each of these families see them: tangible symbols of hope.