Letter to the Editor

SWAHP thanks you for helping save children
Jeanelle AdamsOur bountiful planet has plenty of food to feed the entire population, yet many people suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Good news stories about malnutrition are almost never heard. Every year, malnutrition kills five million children — that’s one child every six seconds. But now, the Nobel Prize-winning relief group “Doctors Without Borders” says it finally has something that can save millions of these children. It’s cheap, easy to make, and easy to use. This miraculous cure is a ready-to-eat, vitamin-enriched concoction called “Plumpynut.” This concoction is very simple and includes peanut butter, powdered milk, powdered sugar, and is enriched with vitamins and minerals. It tastes like a peanut butter paste and does not need refrigeration, water or cooking.

Why are so many kids dying from malnutrition? Because they can’t get the milk, vitamins and minerals their young bodies need. Mothers in these villages can’t produce enough milk themselves and can’t afford to buy it and even if they could, they can’t store it because there’s no electricity, so no refrigeration. Powdered milk is useless because most villagers don’t have clean water. Plumpynut was designed to overcome all these obstacles.

Lawrence’s Students War Against Hunger and Poverty (SWAHP) heard about this noteworthy project and decided to take action. As a part of their National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, SWAHP members went to various dorms on campus and collected donations for Plumpynut. Their fundraiser was a huge success as they raised $380.54! The small donation of $1 supplies one day’s worth of Plumpynut for one child in an impoverished country. Through the generosity of the Lawrence community, SWAHP was able to raise enough funds to supply 380 children with Plumpynut for one day. If you took part in helping to save a child’s life, thank you!

If you did not make a contribution, but would still like to do so, please send donations directly to Doctors Without Borders and indicate your donation is for Plumpynut. Thank you!

Doctors Without Borders USA
P.O. Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030