Erica Lindley wrote -
Family and friends it's time to make an impact together for the children of Haiti. Nehemiah Vision Ministries is the non-profit organization that I have been involved with over the past 6 years. Many of you have already heard my story or my passion has brought you to Haiti with me. I will be running a half marathon in September and my first full marathon in November! Yes, my goal is ambitious but being able to feed and educate children for the future of Haiti is possible with your help! Together let's make a difference for these children by donating towards Nehemiah Vision Ministries' sponsor a child and the malnutrition clinic!
Sponsor a Child:
It has been established that a key element required to break the cycle of poverty is education. Unfortunately, many families in Chambrun and other nearby communities cannot afford the cost of educating their children. This is a contributing factor to the 50% literacy rate. In order to be able to offer these children an education and still meet the financial obligations of running a school, NVM implemented a child sponsorship program in 2006. In keeping with NVM’s philosophy of ministry to empower the Haitian people, parents are still asked to contribute a small amount towards their child’s education. This ensures that the parents are making an investment and they are being empowered to provide an education for their children. While the average school tuition in Haiti is $150, these parents are able to pay $11 annually for their children to go to school. Sponsor’s donations not only help pay the teachers in the school, but also provide a hot meal each school day, and access to health care on our campus.
Malnutrition Clinic (Plumpy Nut):
Nehemiah Vision Ministries' Plumpy Nut program is working to fight malnutrition. The product is a high protein and high energy peanut-based paste in a foil wrapper, similar to an energy bar. Plumpy Nut requires no water preparation or refrigeration and has a 2 year shelf life, making it easy to deploy in places like the central plateau in Haiti. Plumpy Nut helps with rapid weight gain, which can make the difference between life and death for a young child. The product is also easy for children to eat since they can feed themselves the soft paste. The fortified peanut butter-like paste contains a balance of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, and vitamins and minerals. They are rich in zinc and protein — both good for the immune system and to aid long bone growth in reversing stunted height, while protein is also needed for muscle development. Peanuts are also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to convert food into energy.
Nehemiah Vision Ministries' website: https://www.nvm.org/