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.
Mar 19, 2014

Latest update on the Sahel

Plumpy
Plumpy'Nut made by Edesia in Burkina Faso

"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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Feb 7, 2014

Thank you

A young girl eats Plumpy
A young girl eats Plumpy'Nut at a health clinic

I am writing today to share the news that, thanks to you, our project has been fully funded. Your generosity helped us reach more children in danger of losing their lives to severe acute malnutrition in the Horn of Africa.

We wish we could say the malnutrition crisis was over for all the world's children, but the harsh reality is that over 55 million children need us to keep going, keep extending our reach farther, because they are severely malnourished.

Here at Edesia, we have been especially concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic, which is why we have launched a new project to help severely malnourished children get the Plumpy'Nut they need to survive and thrive. Please consider clicking on the "Give Now" button below to initiate a one-time or reoccuring donation to this project. 

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Thank you again for your part in helping us save the lives of more children around the world through the incredible power of Plumpy'Nut. 

Dec 2, 2013

Your helping hands ...

A child eating Plumpy
A child eating Plumpy'Nut

As the year 2013 comes to an end, and as our project nears its funding goal, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your incredible outpouring of support, which has humbled all of us at Edesia. I also wanted to share with you what our nonprofit factory in Providence, Rhode Island has achieved on behalf of severely malnourished children in the Horn of Africa over the past few years. 

Since, 2010 we have produced and shipped out 109,267 boxes of Plumpy’Nut to our humanitarian partners in the region. This is enough to fully treat 109,267 severely malnourished children in about seven weeks. It's incredible to consider, but just one $53 box of Plumpy'Nut gives back the gift of one child's life. 

Even though our project is closing, we are not scaling back our efforts in the Horn of Africa or throughout the other regions of the world where childhood malnutrition rates are alarmingly high. There are over 19 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in our world who have yet to be reached. Our factory will continue to make Plumpy'Nut for as long as it is needed.

We appreciate your helping hands joining with ours, so that we could stretch ourselves a little farther to help as many malnourished children as possible through this project. We hope that you'll stay in contact with us through Facebook or Twitter or simply by visiting our website

With warm regards, 

Heidi Reed

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