Medication & Nutritional meals for malnourished children
November 23, 2016
BENEFITING: Edward Charles Foundation
Over 200 malnourished children estimated to die in 2016 in Borno State, Nigeria!
Borno State, Nigeria (sub-Saharan Africa) is the most hit location by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Countless have been killed and larger numbers displaced. Due to the vast lands and restricted access to many destroyed locations in the region, the extent of damage done and reality of the suffering of people there is still unknown to the world.
This has prevented a lot of humanitarian aid from reaching people in the destroyed communities and those in numerous IDP camps.
Controversial Malnourished Bama children
On May 30th 2016, Empower 54 accompanied the Deputy Governor of Borno State to the Bama IDP camp and saw some extremely malnourished children. It was discovered the Nigerian Army rescued the malnourished children from Boko Haram’s captivity in the Sambisa Forest.
Bama, June 1st & Evacuations (June 13th & 15th)
On June 13th and June 15th 2016, the Governor of Borno State assisted Empower 54 ensure safe evacuation of the children and their families to Maiduguri, Borno State for treatment. Empower 54 successfully evacuated 1,800 malnourished children and their families to a medical centre which we manage.
Your Donation Saves a Life!
We currently have a nutrition centre in Maiduguri which was given to us by the state government to accommodate the malnourished children and families. In order to sustain the nutrition centre, we need committed monthly donations to ensure sustainable purchase of RUTF for the children and nutritional feeding for their families.
Malnourished patients are evacuated from their communities and brought to our faciity for treatment. Once healthy, we return them to their homes and bring in another batch of children and women in need of life saving treatment.
With sustainable supply of medication and nutritional meals, patients can be rotated monthly.
We currently have 2,000 women and children in our care.
Nutrition Centre Results
On June 13th 2016, baby Hadiza was amongst other children evacuated along with other children from Bama IDP camp to receive intensive CMAM treatment.
After receiving several pints of blood, other medication and RUFT, she was transformed within 3 weeks (picture in slide).
Please donate today and invest in saving more lives!
Pictures and video of the child you save will be sent to you!
Empower 54 Project, Inc. ("Empower 54") is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with The Edward Charles Foundation, Inc. (Federal Tax ID: 26-4245043), a California not-for-profit public benefit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to Empower54 are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the US law.
Women and children are the most vulnerable victims of Boko Haram's terrorist attacks. Countless have been killed and larger numbers displaced left starving in IDP camps and destroyed communities.
Your donation of $55.80 can provide life saving treatment to save the life of an extremely malnourished child today.
Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)
Children whose malnutrition is so acute are most likely to die. One billion people, or a seventh of the world’s population, are hungry. When children from the ages of 6 to 59 months become severely hungry, they are nine times more likely to die comparing to a healthy child.
These young children are said to suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a condition that presents itself as extremely low weight when compared to height, visible and severe wasting and/or the presence of edema.
An estimated 20 million children are currently suffering from SAM. The statistics are alarming and discouraging, however, SAM is not only preventable but also treatable with RUTF. Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) can bring these children back from the brink of death within a short period of time.
Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTF)
RUTF is a kind of fortified “peanut paste” that’s been carefully formulated to provide all of a child’s basic nutritional needs, and it’s served in a packet that looks like an oversized version of those mustard and ketchup packets you get in fast food restaurants. It’s easy for a mother to open, easy for a child to eat, and as tasty as peanut butter. Just three servings of RUFT a day can save the life of a starving child. RUTF is by far the only cost-effective product that overcomes environmental constraints so that more children’s lives can be saved. Treatments are urgently needed and those severely malnourished children cannot wait.
RUTF has been revolutionary because it does not require water, refrigeration or preparation, which makes it the ideal product for treating children with SAM in their communities.
A child needs to eat about 3 packages of RUTF per day over a period of four to six weeks. During this treatment, children are able to gain up to one pound per week and be brought back from the edge of undernourishment. It is crucial for children to maintain their nutritional level at this age because the first 1,000 days of a child’s life can determine that their full growth prospects.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 98% of children treated with RUTF were well nourished after six months and 96% were well nourished after a year. That is why it is critical that we get RUTF to starving children today.
Just $55.80 provides a child with life-saving nutrition for a month
- One sachet of RUTF: $0.60
- Each child eats 3 sachets daily: $1.80 per day
- To complete treatment by nourishing a child for one month: $55.80
- 2,000 children monthly will consume 186,000 sachets: $111,600