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Edesia is an incredible non-profit organization based here in our state of Rhode Island that I have been enthusiastically involved with since its founding by Navyn Salem in 2009. Edesia manufactures specialized foods that change lives. Every year millions of “miracle packets” leave a factory in Providence (soon-to-be Quonset Park in North Kingston), Rhode Island and shipped into the hands of malnourished children all over the world. They are ready to eat foods that prevent childhood malnutrition.

The name Edesia is the Roman Goddess of Food and the name is appropriate for this wonderful organization.  Navyn has a goal to end malnutrition worldwide.  Her goal was ambitious but with her wit, drive, and determination her goal became a reality.  With her roots from Tanzania, she was inspired by her father and grandparents and had the desire to give back to a malnutrition country like East Africa.

Navyn increased access to Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs) in developing countries with a peanut-based solution made of simple ingredients:  peanuts, sugar, vegetable oil, whey, minerals and vitamins.  In addition to its simple ingredient product, it does not require water or refrigeration that in many parts of these developing countries lack these resources.

Edesia’s range of high-quality products are distributed by large humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Agency for International Development.

We could not be more enthusiastic about Founder and Executive Director Navyn Salem and her fabulous team at Edesia. If you are looking to support a wonderful organization that saves and changes children’s lives worldwide, please consider Edesia by visiting their website at: www.edesiaglobal.org.  And, also arrange a tour of their facility. Meet her team. You will be impressed.

plumpynutsachet1navyn salem photo by karen o'hara