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.
May 25, 2016

Every Step of the Way

Mom and Baby in Niger seeking treatment
Mom and Baby in Niger seeking treatment

Thank you for helping us sustain our response for children living under the unimaginable conditions of drought, famine and conflict in the Sahel. Mothers and caregivers travel for miles -- often days -- by foot to seek treatment for their children whose lives hang in the balance. The mom and her baby boy photographed made it to a clinic in Niger. They are getting the grim diagnosis that he is suffering from severe acute malnutrition as measured on the MUAC (mid upper arm circumference) tape. The tape is color-coded which makes it easy to match his condition with the red packaging of Plumpy'Nut, the life-saving ready-to-use food that will treat him and bring him back to health. Fortunately, it's not too late for this sweet boy. Thanks to you he has a more promising future full of hope. 

As we continue to expand on our mission, we are thrilled to share with you our new video, Every Step of the Way. This video poignantly tells the story of Edesia's work through the eyes of Navyn Salem, our Founder and CEO, who recently traveled to Liberia and Sierra Leone with two of her most dedicated colleagues who once fled those countries in fear of losing their lives during war and unrest. Navyn filmed this with the desire to take supporters, like you, on a field trip to visit clinics treating children suffering from malnutrition with the products we make in our factory in Rhode Island. In this video you can see the impact of your generosity on the lives of the children at the clinics. Her hope is that we convey to you how urgent the needs are and our commitment to doing more.  

"Every Step of the Way" was first screened at the grand opening celebration of Edesia's new state-of-the-art facility in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, earlier this month. From our new facility we will be able to extend our reach to up to two million children each year and launch new products to serve other vulnerable populations. Together we can favorably tip the scales in the delicate balance between life and death, and one by one, turn each story of despair into one of hope. Thank you for being a part of this story and our journey.

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May 25, 2016

Supporting Children's Lives in the Wake of El Nino

Doing what she can for her little one
Doing what she can for her little one

Your generous support has helped us get ready-to-use foods to Ethiopian mothers and children facing the worst drought in 50 years. Edesia and our partners have been pre-positioning stockpiles of our life-saving, nutritious products in advance of the potential famine so they are more easily accessible and can get to children in need as soon as possible. This time, unlike in 1984, when drought triggered famine and mass migration, people are able to receive relief and nutrition assistance sooner at health centers.

Recently a young mother, Marianna, was able to receive Plumpy'Nut for her two-year-old daughter, Tamina, at a community health post in rural Ethiopia. Tamina had been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Marianna declared that without Plumpy'Nut she would have had absolutely nothing left to give. 

“We lost everything. We haven’t harvested any crops for over two years – nothing. While we wait for the rain to return... we are living hand to mouth. Gone are the days that we harvested maize, wheat, sorghum. Last year nothing grew.” she told the staff.

In the wake of the most severe El Nino to strike the region in decades, mothers are left desperate. The effects of this crisis are expected to linger into 2017 and Edesia continues to ship orders of our ready-to-use foods (Plumpy’Nut and Plumpy’Sup) to the most impacted regions in Ethiopia.

Thank you for joining the fight against child malnutrition for children in crisis. Together we are saving lives and making the world a better place for children.

 

PS. Visit our updated website and see our new video on our Founder's recent trip to West Africa.

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Mar 1, 2016

Exciting News from Edesia's Founder Navyn Salem

2015 was truly an incredible year for Edesia. In our humble little factory in Providence, Rhode Island, we broke all of our old records and helped one million malnourished children along the way.

Six years ago when we opened Edesia's first factory, images of Haitians desperate to overcome the tragic earthquake kept our hearts racing while we worked relentlessly to fill orders going to Port-au-Prince. Now we're working around the clock to ship orders to Syria and Ethiopia and dozens of other countries in deep crisis. We're moving as fast as ever, because severely malnourished children can't wait.

Edesia 2.0 is finally here, which means in the year to come and beyond, we can help more malnourished children than ever before. If you aren't up to speed on what "Edesia 2.0" means, let me explain. For most of 2015, builders were hard at work, constructing a brand-new, state-of-the-art factory for Edesia in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. We got the keys last week. We're celebrating our grand opening in a big way on May 6, 2016.

A brand-new factory — with the potential to help two million malnourished children a year — is a beautiful thing. For the first time, we'll have loading docks connected to our very own warehouse. There’s an innovation center where expanded research and development efforts will help us find new ways to reach more people with our ready-to-use foods. The quality lab, which we rely on to keep our products safe, is about three times the size of the one we use now.

After my team relocates to Edesia 2.0 in the spring, we will have more space to brainstorm answers to the complex questions that keep our hearts racing, but really, our main goal in moving was always to create a more lean and efficient factory. The more we reduce our costs, the more malnourished children we can reach with the same dollar—and this is the equation that drives the humanity of what we do.

Thank you again for being part of Edesia's tireless efforts to not only build a new factory but a new world where no child is malnourished.

Navyn Salem, Founder and CEO

P.S. Not only did we build a new factory, we also built a new logo and a new website. Check it out and let us know what you think.

 

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