Edesia, Inc.

Edesia's mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for the world's most vulnerable populations. 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.
Nov 17, 2016

Big shipment on its way to Cameroon

Shipping out lifesaving cargo
Shipping out lifesaving cargo

Just yesterday our Shipping and Logistics Manager, Andrew Kamara (pictured at right above), woke up at 4 a.m. and hit the road from his home in eastern Connecticut, leaving before his wife and three young children were even awake yet.

He made the three and half hour drive to Port Elizabeth in New Jersey, because he wanted to make sure everything went smoothly with a shipment of about 34,020 cartons of lifesaving Plumpy'Sup (produced and packaged in our Rhode Island factory) that will soon be on their way to Cameroon (one of several countries in the Sahel region of Africa) in a giant cargo ship. 

Inside the 34,020 cartons of Plumpy'Sup there are over five million portable foil packets, enough to help about 85,000 severely malnourished children under the age of five recover their health and build up their immune systems to make them even more resilient against future shocks. This "miracle" food – a squeezable fortified peanut paste – is desperately needed in refugee camps for Nigerians who fled the Boko Haram insurgency.  

Plumpy'Sup is similar to Plumpy'Nut. It has the same number of calories (500) and similar mix of vitamins and minerals but it is made with soy flour instead of nonfat dry milk powder. This difference gives it the classification of a Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF). It can be given to children in emergencies with any form of acute malnutrition, with or without a doctor's diagnosis, unlike Plumpy'Nut, which is only given out after a doctor has confirmed the diagnosis of severe acute malnutrition. This is why Plumpy'Sup is often used in emergency situations, such as the Haiti earthquake or the refugee crisis in Cameroon. 

There are many steps that go into every shipment. With this report we wanted to give you a peak behind the scenes to show you how people like Andrew are going the extra mile every day to help end the suffering caused by malnutrition.

We thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to Edesia. You help make our organization stronger and, more importantly, you help raise awareness that malnourished children everywhere are most worthy of our focus and attention. 

Nov 17, 2016

Thank you for your support

Women and children waiting for Plumpy
Women and children waiting for Plumpy'Nut

Thank you to everyone who gave to this project. With your help we were able to raise over $1,900, which is enough to fully treat 38 children with severe acute malnutrition with Plumpy'Nut, the lifesaving ready-to-use therapeutic food we make in our nonprofit factory in Rhode Island. Since this project has seen minimal activity over the past year, we are deactivating it so that we can focus our energies on other creative fundraising initiatives.

Please know that although we did not achieve our fundraising goal with this project, your personal attention to this project helped raise the important awareness that malnutrition is a crisis that doesn't just affect countries in West Africa, but every one on the planet. A happy, healthy world depends on happy, healthy children and we are grateful for your donations, which spoke volumes about how much you care about creating a better world for all of the world's children. 

If you'd like to keep connected and up to date with Edesia, please visit our website.

Aug 22, 2016

Plumpy'Nut for Nigeria

A women attends a health education session
A women attends a health education session

Your generous donations to "Save the Life of a Malnourished Child" project make our work all the more possible – so that we can continue to make our “miracles in a packet” to bring health and hope to those living through the most dire situations worldwide.

In our recent staff meeting, it was announced that Edesia is making and shipping as many as 35,000 boxes of Plumpy’Nut to Nigeria this month – that incredible amount is enough to help 35,000 severely malnourished children recover their health and vitality in this large West African country. That’s information I knew you, as someone who has been helping us reach malnourished children, would be eager to know.

Why so many boxes of Plumpy'Nut for Nigeria? The Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria has caused extreme suffering and triggered a severe malnutrition crisis for millions, in a country with a population of 173 million. Many have been displaced by this conflict and access to nutritious food is scarce. The Plumpy'Nut we make may not reach every child in need in Nigeria, but it will do a world of good for thousands – and bring much-needed hope to worried mothers, who aren't able to tackle this challenge alone.

“Even before I came to the health center, I praised what they were doing. And now for what I’m receiving, I am grateful,” says Naya, a mother whose child is being treated for malnutrition.

At Edesia's new factory, glass viewing windows were created between the offices and the production floor. We often wave to each other through the glass throughout the day, as you can see Godfried doing in the photo. He is surrounded by the empty boxes that will soon be filled with the miraculous food that will be on its way to bring hope and health to Nigeria.

So as we wave goodbye to you until our next report, we wanted to thank you again for partnering with Edesia to strengthen or mission and to help create a well-nourished world. We are so grateful for your continued involvement with this important and life-changing project.

 

*names have been changed

Edesia employee, Godfried
Edesia employee, Godfried

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