"I already lost one child," says this mother in Chad "simply because I did not know what to do."
"Now we recognize malnutrition. That makes the difference."
These powerful quotes come from a recent video that I wanted to share with you today. It was first shared by the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. It highlights two important things: 1. The crisis of malnutrition taking place in the Sahel (over 5.8 million children are malnourished - 1.4 million severely) and 2. The importance of education in eradicating childhood malnutrition in the region.
This mother experienced the heartbreak of losing a child because the traditional healer she first visited did not know about the causes of malnutrition or the available treatments. Now, thanks to the community health workers at her local nutrition clinic - and the availability of lifesaving treatments like Plumpy'Nut - she is educated and her surviving child is well on his way to good health.
Since the beginning of 2015, Edesia has shipped nearly 40,000 boxes to benefit children living in the Sahel region of Africa. This is enough to help treat about 40,000 severely malnourished children, since one box equals the average 7-week treatment for one child.
As always, I wanted to thank you for making our work to help end childhood malnutrition in this region all the more possible. Your continued support of our project is much appreciated.
According to a recent news report from the United Nations (see link below), at the beginning of 2014, there were 1.3 displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa. Now, as we come to the end of the year, that number has risen dramatically to 3.3 million.
This is troubling number, which, when broken down into its human elements, means that thousands of children are at risk of dying from malnutrition directy or diseases where malnutrition is the underlying cause.
It is for these vulnerable children, in danger of never growing up to achieve their true potential, that Edesia's factory in Providence, Rhode Island is working 24 hours a day. Our work is to make peanut-based, therapeutic foods that help children living in crisis cope, survive, and - hopefully - thrive.
I wanted to update you and let you know that since June of this year, we have shipped 59,665 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to the Sahel region. This is enough to potentially treat 59,665 severely malnourished children, since one box, containing 150 foil packets, is exactly what a severely malnourished child needs to recover his or her health.
As we come to the end of the year, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for continuing to support these children through our GlobalGiving project. Your generousity and kindness makes our efforts all the more possible.
It has been a busy time at Edesia's factory in Providence, Rhode Island. We have been making our lifesaving ready-to-use foods 24 hours out of each work day, because so many children around the world suffering from acute malnutrition need our help.
Since the start of 2014, we have shipped out 66,581 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to countries in the Sahel region of Africa, including to Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, and Mauritania. That means that we have potentially helped save the lives of 66,581 children, because each carton contains 150 sachets - the exact amount needed to bring a severely malnourished child back to health.
You might also like to know that we have shipped 64,600 boxes of Plumpy'Sup to this region. This product is very similar to Plumpy'Nut in composition and calories but is formulated to benefit children who have moderate acute malnutrition, a slightly less severe diagnosis; 64,600 boxes is enough to help treat 161,500 children.
Thank you for continuing to support our project. Your help makes our work to deliver the highest quality ready-to-use foods to the hardest-to-reach places on earth all the more possible.
The Sahel region of Africa is vast, spanning nine countries—Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. In the attached video, Fabienne Pompey, of the World Food Programme, reminds us that there are five million children younger than five in the region who urgently need help recovering from severe malnutrition.
No single organization can reach all five million children alone, but we can each do our part. Your donations to Edesia help us to send more supplies of Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup to our humanitarian partners, which means more children can be reached.
Here is an update on how many cartons we have shipped to the Sahel region since the start of 2014:
All of this adds up to Edesia manufacturing and shipping nutritious food aid to 283,540 children in the Sahel region.
Thank you so much for your support, which makes our efforts on behalf of these children all the more possible.
"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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