Edesia, Inc.

Edesia's mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for the world's most vulnerable children; our vision is a world in which all people have access to the basic human right of food and nutrition. We are committed to assuring that vulnerable individuals no longer suffer and die needlessly from malnutrition - a completely preventable condition. We treat all children as our own, and produce for them the lifesaving tools they need to overcome malnutrition and thrive. We act now, because the cost of inaction is too great.
Apr 15, 2014

Update from Uganda

Ekitobeero distribution in rural Uganda
Ekitobeero distribution in rural Uganda

Edesia is very proud be partnering with the Millennium Villages Project to help enhance nutrition for young children living in rural Uganda.  

Well nourished children, especially in the first 1,000 days of life, from conception to the age of two, will grow to their full height and cognitive potential. This leads to lifelong success, in terms of better outcomes in school and less frequent visits to the health clinic. 

Just to give you a brief update on the project you so generously supported, the first shipment of Ekitobeero was delivered to the villages in January of this year. I'm attaching a photo of the distribution process. 

As you can imagine, education is absolutley the key to the success of any nutritional program, which is why I also want to share that there were 68 community health workers trained on how to mix Ekitobeero in with other foods and then explain this process to parents. 

We are so grateful for your support of this important project, which has the potential to strengthen not only 300 children in Uganda, but the community as a whole. Thank you again. 

Apr 9, 2014

Update on the Central African Republic

Robust supplies of Plumpy
Robust supplies of Plumpy'Nut are needed in CAR

Today I wanted to share with you a brief update on what we've been able to accomplish for the Central African Republic this year. In January, UNICEF in the Central African Republic received 3,740 boxes of Plumpy'Nut from Edesia's factory in Providence, Rhode Island.

This is enough to potentially treat 3,740 severely malnourished children. It's an incredible, miraculous equation. One box = one life. The 150 sachets inside each red and white box provide enough nourishement to bring a child on the brink of starvation back to good health in about seven weeks. 

As you may have seen in the news, the situation in the Central African Republic could not be more dire. We hope that you continue to support the work of Edesia, UNICEF, the World Food Programme, Doctors Without Borders, and other nonprofit organizations who are all working together to bring health, hope, and safety back to this troubled nation.

Raising awarness about the situation is so important, and I thank you in advance for telling your family, friends, and colleagues that the children of CAR are in desperate need of the world's attention. 

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Mar 19, 2014

Latest update on the Sahel

Plumpy
Plumpy'Nut made by Edesia in Burkina Faso

"We tell the children we're cooking dinner, but actually we're just boiling leaves. Eventually they fall asleep with an empty stomach. We have to lie to them to keep our reserves going." 

This heart-wrenching quote is from a mother living in the Sahel. Her voice can be heard in the video link I have posted below. It truly illustrates the dire conditions in the Sahel, where the UN estimates that almost 5 million children are expected to become moderately or severely malnourished in 2014. 

According to the latest report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the rains in late 2013 were not nearly enough to sustain the crops needed to nourish millions of people living in the Sahel. Mali is showing the greatest need for help, closely followed by Chad, and then Niger. 

UN humanitarian organizations like UNICEF and the World Food Programme are therefore in desperate need of Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup, the products we make here our Providence, Rhode Island factory to treat severe and moderate acute malnutrition in children under the age of five. 

In the past few months Edesia has shipped out over 25,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to UNICEF in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso and Chad), enough to potentially treat 25,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. We know it's not nearly enough to meet the incredible need, but that doesn't stop us from trying to do as much as we can. 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support, which helps us to send as many boxes as possible to the children of the Sahel. 

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