A WORLD OF DIF­FER­ENCE

Amazing Wellness - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

MIL­LIONS OF CHIL­DREN WORLD­WIDE ARE SUF­FER­ING FROM “HID­DEN hunger,” a lack of mi­cronu­tri­ents that can lead to dis­ease and even death. In fact, a stag­ger­ing 45% of all child­hood deaths are at­trib­ut­able to un­der­nu­tri­tion. Work­ing to change th­ese sobering­ing statis­tics is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion called Vi­ta­min An­gels. As their name sug­gests,t Vi­ta­m­inViti An­gel­sAl pro­vides life-sav­ing vi­ta­mins do­mes­ti­cally and to un­der­priv­i­leged coun­tries through­out the world. Specif­i­cally, the or­ga­ni­za­tion ad­min­is­ters vi­ta­min A to chil­dren un­der 5 (crit­i­cal for proper growth and devel­op­ment), as well as es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als to preg­nant women and nurs­ing moth­ers.

This past Fe­bru­ary, our very own ed­i­to­rial direc­tor, Ni­cole Brechka, had the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Gu­atemala and wit­ness first-hand the im­pact Vi­ta­min An­gels is mak­ing in peo­ple’s lives. (See “An­gels Among Us” on p. 76.) Ni­cole in­ter­viewed sev­eral families, and saw as­tound­ing dif­fer­ences in the chil­dren who had re­ceived vi­ta­min A com­pared to those who hadn’t. “One fam­ily told me that on some days, all they can af­ford to eat are tor­tillas and salt,” re­counts Ni­cole. “This is a pow­er­ful ex­am­ple of why vi­ta­min A is so im­por­tant in th­ese poor re­gions—the dif­fer­ence can be life and death.”

This year alone, Vi­ta­min An­gels will ben­e­fit 40 mil­lion women and chil­dren. Says Vi­ta­min An­gels founder Howard Schif­fer, “I feel like I get to work at a heart level with the team at Vi­ta­min An­gels. [Our team and part­ners] are ded­i­cated to th­ese in­cred­i­ble chil­dren who live in the poor­est com­mu­ni­ties and most re­mote vil­lages, and are so happy when we show up,” he says. Schif­fer was es­pe­cially touched by a young girl in Gu­atemala who reached up to hold his hand as he walked down the street. “She was telling me, ‘Thank you for com­ing to our vil­lage!’” says Schif­fer. “My prom­ise to th­ese chil­dren is that we will not for­get you.”

To learn more about Vi­ta­min An­gels or to do­nate, go to vi­ta­m­i­nan­gels.org.

anix@aim­me­dia.com

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