Photo source: adra.org used with permission
I bet you didn’t even realise you were fighting hunger, did you? Pat yourself on the back!
Last week Peanut Planner was able to make its first gift of $1,192.25 AUD on behalf of our Peanut Planner community. We chose to give to ADRA International’s ‘x7 the power food program campaign’. During the campaign USAID and private donors pledged to match $6 for every $1 donated to ADRA. Yep, you read that right. You contribute $1 and the match donors turn their pockets inside out to contribute an additional $6! That’s x7 the support and kindness, and you’re a part of it!
Abshiru is a mother whose child has benefited from one of ADRAs feeding programs – in this case ADRA’s supplementary feeding program. Below is the story of Abshiru and daughter Halimu.
“At the age of 22 months, Halimu fell ill. She could not move or eat and had a high fever. Her mother, Abshiru, did not know what was wrong or what to do. The small village in Ethiopia where she lives has limited resources, and her husband is disabled and unable to work. Abshiru had almost no hope for her daughter’s survival.
ADRA’s supplemental feeding and training program provides food for children like Halimu, who suffer from malnutrition.
Abshiru took Halimu to a nurse at a local health center, who immediately advised the mother to bring the baby to ADRA’s Health Centre. As soon as Abshiru arrived at the ADRA Centre, a nurse measured Halimu’s arm, diagnosed her with severe malnutrition, and started treating her with medicine.
The nurse gave Halimu a small amount of Plumpy’Nut, a peanut-based food that reverses malnutrition. The baby swallowed it—the first mouthful of food that she had eaten in a long time.
It took many weeks of screenings, checkups, and nutritional support before Halimu was well again. But now Halimu is able to walk and play with other children, and Abshiru cannot stop smiling.
Every day, children like Halimu are at risk of dying from malnutrition. ADRA’s supplementary feeding programs have saved more than 10,000 children like Halimu by placing them on eight-week rehabilitation courses to reverse their malnutrition. Thanks to donations from around the world, ADRA has trained hundreds of health workers and community volunteers to identify children and mothers suffering from malnutrition, thereby saving countless lives.” [republished with permission from ADRA]
In the “West” peanuts are a cheap snack food. But for Abshiru, for mothers and children all over the world in developing nations experiencing malnutrition, peanuts are the basis of a health supplement that is life changing nutritionally. Life changing in its simplicity and effectiveness. Peanuts are the perfect example of the divide between me, as a mother living in the West, taking for granted peanuts and their value, and Abshiru, a mother without access to the basic sustenance needed to nourish the most important thing in her life: her child–to whom peanuts are the essential ingredient in the nutritional supplement that means the difference between living and starvation.
The differences between our two lives are vast, yet we’re the same. We are both mothers. We carried and nurtured our children in our wombs. We gave birth and looked at our children with the same wonder, we felt the same soft skin, we longed for the same moments when our babies would clasp our fingers or look into our eyes. We are the same–all mothers are. We should have the same support, the same expectation of life, and the same reality: safety, happiness, health. A life filled with moments of bliss watching our children grow.
90% of any profit generated by Peanut Planner is donated to projects supporting women and children like Halimu and Abshiru. We do this because we believe every single mother and every single child matters. That every human has rights to access provisions which enables life–food, water, clothing, medicine, shelter, education.
Peanut Planner is a platform that makes contributing to lives like that of Halimu and Abshiru easy.
How can it be? Simple: Peanut Planner is new. The more people know about it, the more money we donate. Each mother-to-be, friend or parent who sets up a Peanut Planner account contributes to making that $8,345.74 grow in the future. We’re not about making mothers shop. We’re about helping mothers shop smart with our free all-in-one baby shower registry and shopping list feature. We’re about giving mothers the tools to get organised before their babies arrive. To eliminate the stress of not knowing what to buy, not knowing where to buy it, and not knowing where to start preparing for the biggest change life can bring!
Using Peanut Planner is completely free and we never ask for donations. All you need to do is use the site, share the site, read our blog and share our message. It’s all free, and once you start using our features, we know you’ll love them!
If you’re a mama, blogger, or merchant and want to know more about how you can contribute to our passion, please just get in touch.