You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
~ Isaiah 25:4
The Lulu Tree is an actual tree in southern Africa. The nilotica variety of shea nut tree (called lulu in Arabic) grows mainly in a narrow band of savannah extending from Senegal to Ethiopia.
The Lulu Tree is greatly celebrated in southern Sudan as a vital natural resource. The economic value of lulu nuts is also extremely high, providing women guardians with income and household food security. The tree produces its lulu nuts in the exact time of seasonal hunger.
In June 2014, we became a Canadian not-for-profit registered as The Lulu Tree Development Fellowship. Our vision statement is “preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers.”
Lulu means pearl in Swahili. Uganda is the pearl of Africa, and pearl also stems from a parable in Matthew where Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a pearl that a merchant sells everything he has to buy. In addition, the kingdom of God is compared to a tree which birds come to rest in.
Our hope as an organization – similar to the tree, and to the parables – is to bring the kingdom of God to earth by helping to provide sustenance during Africa’s time of hunger.