ASR Group Partners with Edesia Nutrition to Help Save Lives of Malnourished Children in Africa
An aspect of our business that we cherish is our ability to collaborate with organizations to help make people’s lives better. One particularly gratifying partnership ASR Group recently embarked on is with an amazing nonprofit called Edesia Nutrition that makes fortified ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) that are saving the lives of severely malnourished children throughout developing countries.
As an important carbohydrate, sugar is a key ingredient in Edesia’s life-saving formula. Our donation of 44,000 pounds of Domino® Sugar from our Yonkers Refinery allowed Edesia to send two shipping containers full of RUTF to treat children Malawi and will send two more shipping containers to in Mozambique. The two countries are part of our raw sugar supply chain.
“We are excited to partner with Edesia to make these shipments of their tremendous products to Mozambique and Malawi,” said Rafael Vaya, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility. “We are particularly pleased that our sugar is used in Edesia’s products and that we are able to help children in need in communities that regularly provide us with raw sugar.”
Established in 2009 and now making 1.5 million packets each day at its Rhode Island factory, Edesia ships its life-saving, peanut-based products all over the world to children in need and are distributed by humanitarian aid workers. The nonprofit was recently featured on The Today Show.
Our donation of Domino® Sugar provides an important ingredient to make Plumpy’Nut® and Plumpy’SupTM that will save more than 7,000 children suffering from malnutrition in Africa.Plumpy’Nut® is a fortified peanut paste that quickly treats the most severe malnutrition cases, and Plumpy’SupTM is used to treat moderately malnourished children. A full course of treatment for a severely malnourished child includes three sachets of Plumpy’Nut® a day for six to seven weeks, while a Plumpy’SupTM paste is eaten once a day for 12 weeks as a supplement. Both products are shelf stable, require no preparation before consumed and provide 500 calories per sachet.
Malnutrition is a preventable global health crisis. To learn more and join us in supporting the good work of Edesia in saving malnourished children all over the world, please visit and consider making a contribution at https://www.edesianutrition.org/donate/give-once.