Monday, September 29, 2008

Beyond THE FUTURE: International Medical Corps

American Express is currently running its annual Members Project through which Amex card members can vote for charitable causes in the running for significant funding. Voting for the top 25 projects ends at midnight tonight, when the top five will be announced. Winners are announced in October. Amex will fund projects based on how they place: $1.5 million for first place, $500,000 for second, $300,000 for third, $100,000 for fourth and fifth.

Current top projects are designed to help with community building, education, and health. One of the current top five is “Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children,” which would benefit Santa Monica-based International Medical Corps, a highly rated organization that fights global poverty:

“Through nutrition programs that provide relief while creating sustainable solutions, International Medical Corps brings nutrition-rich, ready-to-eat food to some of world’s most food-insecure environments, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Chad, and Sudan. With a mission that focuses on training, International Medical Corps works to empower individuals and communities, providing education on how to treat malnutrition, identify warnings signs, and intervene before malnutrition worsens. Health care workers and parents are educated on proper diet and hygiene, and communities are equipped to grow their own food and reduce their vulnerability to rising prices.”

The person who recommended IMC for participation in the Amex Members Project, listed as Paige S. from New York, states:

“Giving starving children food is not enough—the food needs to contain the vitamins, micronutrients, and calories a developing child needs to survive. New ready-to-use food (RUF) provides this. It is individually packaged, is stable in hot climates, does not need to be mixed with water (no risk of contamination), and even tastes good. [Starving] children recover in about one month and RUF is cost-effective. With this treatment there is simply no reason for children to die of starvation anymore.

“A friend in Haiti recently reminded me that children there and in many other countries are either dying of malnutrition or given away by their parents because food and medical care are so scarce. As a parent in the U.S., I find this heartbreaking. The achievable solution to this crisis inspired me to submit this project.”

If you’re an AMEX card member, please vote for International Medical Corps by voting for the Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children project. I’ll follow up with results of the Amex Members Project next month.

Photo © IMC/Margaret Aguirre taken 2008 at IMC’s outpatient therapeutic feeding clinic in Ethiopia. The compounding effects of drought and rising food prices have made basic staples impossible to afford for many Ethiopians. Malnutrition is widespread.


Blogger Lisa said...

I'm not an AMEX card holder, but I applaud them this project. What a very worthy cause.

11:18 PM  
Blogger chessiakelley said...

Thanks so much for your support of International Medical Corps Karen. Good news-it has been voted into the top five finalists so will receive at least 100,000 to feed hungry children. The final vote for the winner ends Oct. 14th so its important that we all vote again, as IMC is hoping for the top prize of 1.5 million. We can do it! Thanks again.

vote here

2:28 PM  
Blogger DebraLSchubert said...

Karen - thanks so much for sharing this info. My sister, Laurie, is currently in the process of adopting siblings from Ethiopia. I'll be sure to pass your blog on to her as well.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

Thanks, Debbie! Hopefully I'll be back and busy with the blog soon. The IMC is such a worthy cause. I'll be sure to update on the final vote.

Chessia, good luck!! And thanks for the links to your terrific organization.

Lisa, I know you're en route to Scotland as I write. Remember, no wifi!

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I left a comment on this post, but I don't see it. Could you let me know if you edited it out or something?

I only raise this because I finally asked another blogger about comments and it turns out they were just going missing on their own.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

Hi Gerry, I don't have any record of your comment. Hmmmmm....sounds like yet another blogger bug. Hope they fix it soon. Thanks for the heads up, K.

2:01 PM  

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