Each year, MPI sends greetings for the holiday season to our members, colleagues and partners. Those e-cards are always designed by one of our award-winning designers. This year, however, one designer had an even greater impact on our holiday card. Jason Judy not only designed our card, but also influenced the selection of our charity this year. After Jason told me the story about one of his mission trips, and an organization that he had encountered I was moved, and so was everyone here at headquarters who has learned about Meds and Foods for Kids. So I thought it would be great for all of our readers and members to better understand why we made this selection, and to hear from Jason about his experience with the group.
Last spring I witnessed the remarkable impact of Meds and Foods for Kids (MFK Haiti) in a small village 6 hours south of their facility in Cape Haitian, Haiti. Their revolutionary product, Medika Mamba (“peanut butter medicine”), is farmed and manufactured locally, requires no refrigeration or water, and has an 85% recovery rate in malnourished children under the age of 5. So not only is their work addressing one of the most tragic issues that we face as human beings, it is doing so with a sustainable, economic model within the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Photos and charts in the open-air clinics carry all of the proof. In just 6 weeks, many of the children hardly resemble the former versions of themselves, having gained the necessary weight to repair their muscles and organs and return home fully healed from the deadly condition they had when they arrived. The transformations are truly hard to believe.
More Medika Mamba desperately needs to exist. The current expansion project at MFK Haiti includes a new factory that will increase their reach from 8,000 to 80,000 children annually, while also becoming completely self-sustaining by 2015.
I’ll never forget seeing the Medika Mamba program in Montrouis, Haiti, and I’m proud to be part of an association that is willing to participate in the great work happening through MFK Haiti. In big and small ways, it’s the decisions and efforts of all of our members, volunteers and staff that tell the complete story of our shared impact on our industry and the world.
And so maybe it really is true, that when we meet we change the world.