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Meds and Foods for Kids. Local Hands - Bright Future: The Smart Plan for Haiti

2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week

Wednesday, April 2
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253 A

Sponsored By: School of Social Work, Meds & Food for Kids

Speaker: Ashley Casan Holmes
Development Manager, Meds and Food for Kids

Ashley comes to MFK by way of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, where she received an MSW with a concentration in social and economic development. She has five years nonprofit development and program management experience. However, it is Ashley's commitment to the promotion of healthy and thriving children, that makes her a great addition to the MFK development team.The Problem: One in ten children in Haiti is acutely malnourished and one in five is underweight. One in 14 will die before reaching the age of 5.

The Solution: Malnutrition in Haiti is the result of a combination of factors, most of which are not addressed by rescue operations and handouts. While the needs are great, a permanent, sustainable solution for Haiti is within reach. Meds & Food for Kids has a four-pronged plan that not only saves lives, but puts Haiti on the path to a stronger future. Meds and Food for Kids' approach is to use local labor and local resources to manufacture Medika Mamba, a treatment for malnutrition, which in turn develops the local economy.

Join Ashley Holmes, Director of Development for Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) as she discusses how community development, education and passion can ignite change. Currently, MFK works to save the lives of Haiti's malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people. MFK accomplishes it's mission by developing, producing, and distributing highly nutritious foods, including the gold-standard Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). These food products are made in Haiti, using Haitian workers and, whenever possible, Haitian raw materials. Haitians call the RUTF "Medika Mamba" - or "Peanut Butter Medicine" in Creole.

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