I’ve traveled to several countries around the world and I’ve witnessed abject poverty. I’ve seen families living in cardboard houses in Indonesia. I’ve encountered mothers’ begging on the streets of Mexico while cradling their malnourished babies. I’ve observed children struggling to find food in war-torn Iraq. Sadly, I’ve also seen similar scenarios in the United States.
My heart aches for children who suffer. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, one-third of all childhood deaths are attributable to malnutrition.
Over the years, I donated money to and volunteered at several organizations that deal with childhood hunger and nutrition. I do what I can to help, but my meager efforts aren’t enough to tackle the problem.
Through my work as a paid ambassador for Puritan’s Pride, I discovered Vitamin Angels – a non-profit organization that helps at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life changing micronutrients.
These nutrients enable young immune systems to fight infectious diseases, helping children attain good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives. By addressing nutritional gaps, the organization attempts to improve children’s health which can lead to greater educational achievement and economic productivity, ultimately helping them break the cycle of poverty.
Visit the website (www.vitaminangels.org), to learn more about the problem of global malnutrition, micronutrients deficiencies, and Vitamin Angels’ solution for change. You can also donate to the mission. It only takes 25 cents to provide a child with vitamin A and antiparasitics for a year. When you give children nutrients, you also give them a chance for a brighter future.
photo via Vitamin Angels