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Why did we choose Plumpy’Nut® for our
2012 Advent Conspiracy Project?
The members of Holy Covenant UMC have a heart for helping children. Over 30,000 children under five perished from hunger in the summer of 2011 in the Horn of Africa. An additional 640,000 are at risk for dying of malnutrition. We set out to help save lives by raising money for this worthwhile cause. Holy Covenant members raised over $8,000.00 in 2011 for the purchase of Plump’nut® through the World Food Program U.S.A.. For each $1,000.00 that we raised we prevented 50 children under the age of 2 from starving to death.
What is Plumpy’Nut®?
Plumpy’Nut® is a ready to use therapeutic food endorsed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. It is used to treat severe acute malnutrition with astounding success rates. It is an energy dense paste made with peanuts,milk powder, sugar, vegetable oils, and fortified vitamin and mineral mixture. Plumpy’Nut® is the most effective treatment for severe malnutrition. It does not need to be refrigerated or mixed with water--two things that are not readily available in the developing world. It allows for malnutrition to be treated at home instead of in a costly hospital visit. In 4-6 weeks a child can be transformed from near death to certain survival. It has a 2 year shelf life making it a simple solution reaching even the most remote areas. It has been successfully used in earthquake ravaged Haiti, drought stricken Niger, and flood affected Pakistan.
How can you make a difference?
Be watching for Advent Conspiracy 2012. We will be selling cards this winter to benefit Plumpy’Nut®.
A child dies every six seconds from malnutrition.
Plumpy’Nut®, a “Ready-to-Use-Food,” (RUF) has revolutionized the way severe acute malnutrition is treated. Since its widespread introduction five years ago, it has been credited with significantly lowering mortality rates during famines. Children on a Plumpy’Nut® regimen add pounds rapidly, often going from a near-death state to relative health in a month. In the past, milk-based nutritional supplements had only a 25-40% recovery rate. Children given Plumpy’Nut® have between an 81% to 95% recovery rate.
If we can get Plumpy’Nut® into the hands of the children who need it, we can save their lives. Purchase a holiday card from the Missions Committee each Sunday in Advent and your donation will support World Food Program’s effort to get Plumpy’Nut® to children who need it. Your gift of any denomination may be purchased with cash, check or credit card, and your holiday card will inform the recipient that a donation has been made in their honor.