Refugees from all over the world work at Edesia, a nonprofit manufacturing plant that makes a fortified peanut butter paste for treating malnutrition in kids. You can hear the story I did about Edesia here. While I was touring Edesia's factory and learning about the company's work, I heard much more than I could ever fit into a minutes-long radio story - incredible stories of survival, renewal. Many of them were once recipients of the very aid Edesia now makes.
As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to count our blessings … and a time to look back at the tragedies that struck around the world. The typhoon in the Philippines, a coup in the Central African Republic, the worsening civil war in Syria. In the wake of those crises, millions of children are going hungry and becoming malnourished. But there is a bright spot – and it starts in Providence, where a nonprofit is making a product that can help reverse the crippling effects of malnutrition.
Employees at a Rhode Island company are working through the holiday to bring much-needed relief to the Philippines. Edesia manufactures food supplements and a peanut butter paste called Plumpy Nut that reverses the effects of malnutrition. Founder Navyn Salem says the disaster in the Philippines has put many children at risk of malnutrition, and many are starving. So they’ll be working almost around the clock to prepare shipments.