Saturday, January 16, 2010

Haiti


I know this is not raw food... but hey, people need to be fed!

I know this family... a lovely homeschooling family in my community. Please assist them to feed some children in Haiti.

We donated $60 - which turns into $120 with the Canadian Gov't matching our donation. Please pass this on to everyone you know... copy and paste and email this... let's feed some children!

Here's her email to me tonight:

Many of you know that our family has been working on a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for malnourished children. CIBO (Italian for "food") is made from peanut paste, powdered milk, whey powder, sugar, oil, and 22 vitamins and minerals. Cibo does not need refrigeration, is ready to use, and has a shelf life of over one year. Cibo tastes like peanut butter cookie dough. Children love it and thrive on only 200g (1000 calories) a day.

This RUTF was first produced by a French company called Nutriset and sold to large organizations (Doctors without Borders, World Food Organization, Etc). The patent could be copied, but only if the product is given away completely free of charge.

Our organization, Food for Famine, used this patent to produce an initial batch of Cibo in Chilliwack at Norma's Bakery. The second larger batch was produced at a facility in Surrey.

In December, 600 buckets (8kgs each) were sent to 8 North Korean orphanages with over 1100 Children. GAIN (Global Aid Network) of Langley provided all shipping costs and logistical help. We were starting the process of raising funds for the next shipment, when disaster struck Haiti.

Already, a number of buckets have been provided for local aid workers (Esther King of Kings Kids) travelling to Haiti, however, it is our desire to fill another container and ship it as soon as possible. Once again, we will partner with GAIN of Langley to transport and distribute Cibo to those in need.

One bucket of Cibo costs $30 to produce. Cibo is complete food, in calories and nutrition. It is not meant to merely fill and empty belly. On 8kg bucket will feed a child for a month.

We are looking for families willing to sponsor one bucket of Cibo. For only $30, your family can be a part of a local effort to help rebuild Haiti.

Since we do not have our tax deductable status yet, if you wish to donate, write a cheque to GAIN or follow this link to GAIN's website. Fill out the form and make sure that the funds are dedicated to the Cibo Acquisition fund. This will ensure that your donations will purchase Cibo.

The Canadian government will match your donation dollar for dollar. Your $30 will sustain a child for 2 months!

We are also looking for people who are willing to speak to their churches about the opportunity to help Haiti by sponsoring buckets (or a pallet of 60 buckets!) of Cibo. Feel free to pass on this email or reply with contact information of someone that I could speak with about this effort.

You can learn more by visiting our website www.foodforfamine.org. Please take the time to watch the Anderson Cooper (60 Minutes) for an education on the life-saving qualities of this "miracle food".

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions, and by all means feel free to pass on this email to anyone else!

Tamiko Charlton
604-316-0803

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