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.
Jan 6, 2015

A reminder of why the children of CAR need our help

(c)UNICEFCAR/2014/Grarup
(c)UNICEFCAR/2014/Grarup

Whenever I walk through our factory in Providence, Rhode Island and see the red and white Plumpy'Nut boxes we make stacked high on pallets, I see them as the brave ambassadors of our work to help end childhood malnutrition, traveling great distances, over choppy seas and over unpaved land, to perilous places that most people wouldn't go without feeling total fear. That's why when I read blog posts from humanitarian aid workers who are there, on the ground experiencing the dangers first hand, I feel that they must be shared and spread widely.

In this post I am sharing (see link below) and which I hope you will share too, UNICEF Communications Specialist, Madeleine Logan, provides such a rare glimpse in the country that she calls "a little-known neighbor" of the DR Congo. It is real, raw, and heartbreaking ... and it explains perfectly why children are in crisis and need our help. The Central African Republic is so isolated from the world, it needs and deserves our attention to help it overcome the humanitarian disaster that is unfolding.

Just as a reminder in 2014, you helped us send 46,251 cartons of Plumpy'Sup to the Central African Republic or Cameroon (to help meet the needs of malnourished children from CAR living in refugee camps). That amount is enough to treat approximately 115,627 children. We also shipped about 5,016 cartons of Plumpy'Nut, enough to bring about 5,000 severely malnourished children back to life and good health in about 7 weeks. We also expect to ship out another 8,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut at the end of January. 

Thank you for your continued support of our work and making our efforts all the more possible. 

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Dec 22, 2014

Plumpy'Nut for children in the Sahel (Update)

Little girl in Burkina Faso receives Plumpy
Little girl in Burkina Faso receives Plumpy'Nut

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. 

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Oct 21, 2014

Why are malnutrition rates high in the Ruhiira region of Uganda?

A mother and child from Uganda
A mother and child from Uganda

I wanted to give you a brief update on the project in rural Uganda, where it's the rainy season right now. Despite the unique challenges that come during the rainy season, feeding continues at the Millenium Village site and Edesia was able to ship another 154 boxes to the village on September 18, 2014. There are currently 267 children receiving Ekitobeero, but the project's leaders are planning to extend enrollment to hit the target of reaching 300 children.

Why is their malnutrition in the villages of the Ruhiira region in Uganda? Why is a product like Ekitobeero so imporant? To learn more about the community, and why 30-40% of children are underweight, please click on the link below.

Thank you so much for your continued partnership with us to help break the cycle of poverty in this Ugandan village, by giving children the nourishment they need to fulfill their full potential.

To learn more about Edesia's work to help children through other ready-to-use food products, please visit us at www.edesiaglobal.org.

Thank you!

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