Dec 29, 2008

Do you remember your Mom trying to get you to eat by saying "There are starving kids in... China, Africa..."

Well here is a chance to REALLY help children that do not have adequate nutrition.

This fundraiser is to provide the orphans with one egg and one piece of fruit per day for a year!

While visiting Africa recently, I saw how poorly the orphans at the Wellington Orphanage were being fed.

They only get 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner. This usually consist of porridge or rice.

Very rarely do they get protein or fruit and vegetables. When mission teams are visiting they may get a piece of fruit a few times or protein on SPECIAL occasions.

This is a picture I took of one of the "special occasion" meals, rice with cassava leaf:

The Wellington orphanage is doing the best they can on what little budget they have.

However the children are malnourished which has so many side effects.

New research shows that even mild under-nutrition can prevent learning. Malnutrition can even affect learning before slowing down growth.

Under-nutrition increases how often and how long a child may be sick. They do not have proper medical care to treat the every day illnesses.
So when they get something that would be considered minor here in the United States, it could be fatal for these malnourished kids.

Poorly nourished children tend to be less physically active, less curious, less attentive, less independent, less responsive socially, and more anxious.

These traits keep them from developing reading, verbal, and physical skills, among others.

Because of their lack of protein, vegetables and fruit most of the children showed signs of iron deficiency such as anemia.

Anemic children do not do well on math, reading, vocabulary, problem-solving, or psychological tests.

Even mild iron deficiency causes fatigue and a shortened attention span.

Feeling hungry affects learning.

These hungry children tend to be irritable, disinterested in learning, nervous, timid passive, and unable to concentrate.

If we REALLY want to help this country, these children it all starts with proper nutrition!
Here are some pictures I took that show the malnourished children:

Please come to this AWESOME fundraiser! Have fun and help change the world!
January 4th at 6:30pm
There will be a concert with ARANDA and a hilarious comedian who is a Christian named Elijah Tindale!

It is at Club Venu in Bricktown 222 East Sheridan
MUST BE 21 years of age
Admission- FREE

(parking garage right next to Venu is free on Sundays)

Please pass this on to anybody you want, post on your own blog or forums.

1 comment:

Judy McCarver said...

Dez Hey I love your blog. Funny thing. You said in your comment on mine "I am not good at keeping up my blog sorry." Well, you might not realize this, but when I started my blog it was called "Almost daily blog." Now it is called "Almost weekly blog."