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.
Mar 22, 2013

Changing the world, one life at a time

Sending off another shipment to the DR Congo
Sending off another shipment to the DR Congo

In January, our shipping manager, Andrew (pictured above), helped send out over 3,250 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to the DR Congo. Behind every person is an amazing life story. At the age of 22, Andrew was forced to flee violence in Sierra Leone with two of his sisters. They lived as refugees for over three years before the miraculous news came that a family in the United States wanted to be their sponsor.

While living in refugee camps, Andrew learned how to suppress hunger and go without food in his stomach for days. He heard the sound of grieving mothers in tents down the way who'd lost their children, because of the illnesses they could not defeat without the nutrients that make a state of health possible.

So when Andrew sends out any shipment on behalf of Edesia, it's not just a job that needs to be done, but a calling to end the suffering that he knows by heart. And he knows that Sierra Leone refugees are no different than refugees living in the DR Congo. Everyone wants peace, good health, and a reason to have hope. 

With the latest shipments to the DR Congo, about 3,250 children with severe acute malnutrition will get the hope they need for a future. It seems like such a small number, when we think of the great need among children from families who have been displaced by the ongoing conflicts in the DR Congo (see report link below), but we do sincerely believe that the ripple effects of helping these children will be felt for generations to come.

Thank you for your ongoing caring and support and for believing - like we do - that the world changes, one life at a time.

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Feb 19, 2013

Pink-Cheeked and Healthy in Somalia

Nadjma, cured by Plumpy
Nadjma, cured by Plumpy'Nut

"Since she started eating the peanut paste, she has improved." Nimon Ahmed, Nadjma's mother

In January 2013, from our Providence, Rhode Island facility, we made well over 1,000,000 pounds of peanut-based, nutritious Ready-to-Use Food to treat or prevent childhood malnutrition all over the world. From our side, this looks like 38,571 cartons, which are sealed, loaded into containers, taken to port, and shipped overseas. From the other side, where the red and white Plumpy'Nut boxes are received by humanitarian organizations like UNICEF, these boxes contain a miracle in waiting for thousands of young children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

For today, I wanted to share with you a recent video posted by UNICEF Somalia that perfectly illustrates how Plumpy'Nut is an integral part of a community-based approach to solving the problem of childhood malnutrition in developing countries. I think you'll especially love seeing little Nadjma on her mother's hip, pink-cheeked and healthy after two months of eating Plumpy'Nut.

Together we are turning the tragedy of childhood malnutrition into a story of hope for little girls like Nadjma and for millions of other children in our world. Thank you so much for your continued support! 

 

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Plumpy'Nut distribution in Somalia

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Feb 19, 2013

Why the Sahel still needs our help

A child is measured for severe acute malnutrition
A child is measured for severe acute malnutrition

The Sahel is a vast region of Africa, spanning over 3,600 miles. That distance is the equivalent of a long walk from Los Angeles to New York City and then onward to New Orleans. It's an area of our world where it is estimated that at least 1.4 million children remain in danger of losing their lives to severe acute malnutrition.

In countries like Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Mauritania, clean water is scarce, food prices remain shockingly high, and safety nets are nearly nonexistent. Humanitarian organizations, community-based organizations, and fragile governments, in the meanwhile, are doing the best they can to alleviate human suffering while working toward the ideal of building resilience.

In reality, millions of people are going to bed hungry each night in the Sahel, and children especially are ill-equipped to handle such hardships. They need fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and nutrients to get their chance at life, which is why we do what we do from our Providence, Rhode Island factory, and why we continue to ship thousands of boxes of lifesaving Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup to the Sahel region of Africa. 

With this Project Report, I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation of your continued support and to share with you an informative update from IRIN Africa, the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, on why more help is needed in the Sahel. We are grateful for your partnership with us, but most of all, for the depth of your caring and concern. 

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