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 20, 2013

Plumpy'Nut on its way to Ethiopia

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Plumpy'Nut "Miracle" in a packet

I just wanted to send a brief update - from our Providence, Rhode Island factory - to let you know that 48,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut are to be shipped from our warehouse to Ethiopia from now until October. This is enough of our peanut-based, therapeutic food to reach as many as 48,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Everyone who works at Edesia feels grateful to be part of the manufacturing process that helps get Plumpy'Nut into the hands of children - through our humanitarian partners on the ground, who are on the frontlines of saving young lives every day. 

It's interesting to note that Ethiopia, in the heart of the Horn of Africa, has made remarkable progress over recent years in reducing child mortality rates. As you can see in the attached PDF document, in 1990, some 198 children out of 1,000 in Ethiopia died before the age of five. In 2011, that number dropped to 77, and progress continues. We like to think that stronger community-based health and nutrition programs, which include therapeutic foods like Plumpy'Nut, are indeed helping and having an impact. 

A heartfelt thank you, from all of us at Edesia, for your continued support of our project that is helping give children and families health and hope. 

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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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