When someone asks me about my blog, I’m a little uncertain as to how to respond since I haven’t quite figured out my niche just yet. However, there are definitely benefits to having an unchartered path. Recently, a very good friend of mine, Elizabeth Atalay, and author of the blog, Documama.org, invited me to tour Edesia, a nonprofit manufacturing company in Rhode Island
Edesia is this incredible Rhode Island company that tries to tackle the problem of severe and moderate acute malnutrition by making these easy-to-use packets of individual serving-sized food for young children. The company makes several products, but one of their most remarkable products is Plumpy Nut®. Plumpy Nut® is a deliciously rich-tasting nut product (Yes, I tried it!) that provides young children with the 40 necessary vitamins and minerals to survive. The product is distributed by relief agencies such as USAID, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme.
Did you know that 17 million children in our world have severe acute malnutrition?
Along with some members of Rhody Bloggers, I was introduced to Karen Cooper, the company's Chief Development Officer, and Heidi Reed, the company's Communications Manager. Both were such a pleasure to talk to, so committed and passionate about their jobs, and their company's mission. As we walked through the facility, it was obvious that Edesia is an excellent company to work for and to support. Ms. Reed tapped on a window and Emmanual, a very friendly employee, came out and welcomed us. Edesia's employees represent 23+ countries of origin, and many of these people, themselves, were refugees or came from countries where acute malnutrition is a problem. Since it began production in 2010, Edesia has reached over 2.9 million malnourished children in over 46 countries, including Chad, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Syria. Each packet costs approximately 35¢. One box (150 packets) of Plumpy Nut® is enough to fully treat one child suffering from severe acute malnutrition (over an average time span of 4-10 weeks). Pretty amazing stuff! My own mother passed away three years ago, but I plan to honor her this Mother's Day by giving a donation to Edesia to help a mother save the life of a child. Please check out this amazing company, named after the Roman Goddess of Food, and consider making a donation too.
3.1 million children die from malnutrition each year.