Last month on the Huffington Post I wrote a feature on a unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration started by University of Rhode Island students. Their idea was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but to use the event to feed malnourished children across the globe.
The students, (Sergio Suhett ’15, Kylie Rice ’15, David St. Amant ’16, Kimberly DeLande ’15), called the event Make Your Green Count. They teamed up with Edesia, a non-profit in Providence which produces Plumpy’Nut.
The Plumpy’Nut is a vitamin enriched peanut paste used to treat children suffering from malnutrition. Children in disaster or poverty areas, or war zones, often cannot access food. This tragedy unfolds every day across the globe.
Plumpy’Nut is used to rescue these children from malnutrition, which can cause lasting physical or mental damage, or death. The Plumpy’Nut is a life-saver for children in developing countries.
The fundraising by the URI students, which goes to Edesia, so far has raised close to $5,000. According to Edesia, that is enough to feed 85 children the life-saving treatment of Plumpy’Nut.
The Make Your Green Count fundraising page is at Crowdrise. They are still accepting donations.
Read the article at Examiner.