The baobab tree known as “Itacen kuka” in Hausa language,
is an iconic beacon of hope for thousands of people in rural Africa. Native to Africa, the baobab tree can thrive in any kind of condition and continue to produce food and shelter for the community. Due to it resilient nature, Baobab tree can live victoriously for thousands of years
It's sometimes called the tree of life
Simply known as “Kuka” in Northern Nigeria. Thousands of local people in Northern Nigeria depend on Kuka (Baobab) to enjoy the most popular and traditional Hausa meal called “Tuwon shinkafa da Miyan kuka”. Miyan kuka means Baobab soup and shinkafa is rice. Tuwon shinkafa is what the Hausa people call a kind of solid food made with rice.
Baobab tree can be found in about 32 countries in Africa, it can grow as tall as 30 metres in height and as wise as 50 metres in circumference. Because of it succulent large circumference, it able to store up large amount of water that will help it survive any draught or burning fire. This stored water can also become a source of survival for animals such as elephant when there is no water near by the feed on the succulent bark.
The Baobab tree is well anchored in the ground by it intensively strong roots that can go as deep as two metres into the ground. The diameter of the roots could be longer than the tree itself. This helps it soak in more water underground to stay alive and helps it withstand strong winds.
Being the icon of Africa, the baobab tree can offer over 300 sustainable uses. Many indigenous people have relied on it for medicine. That is why it is often call the tree of life.
This Baobab tree represents two things (1) Our organization (2) Every vulnerable child out there. Our hope is for our organization to become the beacon of hope for millions of vulnerable children and communities in Africa just like the Baobab tree.
The resilient nature of the Baobab tree represents the resilient nature of vulnerable children out there. They go through hardship, yet they continue to survive. Our hope as an organization is to be the soil where their deep roots can pierce through to absorb water that will help them become resourceful to their families and communities.
The book at the bottom of the baobab tree in our logo symbolizes the roots, quality education, that will help these children stand strong. Just like the baobab tree, our hope is for HKAF to live for many years to come and continue to impact these underprivilege communities.The branches of the baobab tree signify future growth t hat we hope to achieve.