Vitamins for Villages is the Guild's outreach project to distribute multi-vitamins and sport equipment
to vulnerablechildren and prenatal vitamins to women in Uganda.
According to the World Food Programme, hunger and malnutrition are still the number one risks to health
worldwide. And every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes (source: FAO).
198,000 children die from lack of Vitamin A according to USAID. The most common cause of blindness in developing countries
is vitamin A deficiency (VAD).
Vitamins are sent to our partner the St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund for distribution
to children in the area. The St. Nicholas Fund provides full educational support and health care for orphans and vulnerable
children in Uganda.
Jovia with vitamins
when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot
repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.Luke 14: 13-14
out of 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, according to the World Health Organization. Three, perhaps the most important in terms of health
consequences for poor people in developing countries, are:
Vitamin A:Vitamin A deficiency can cause night
blindness and reduces the body's resistance to disease. In children Vitamin A deficiency can also cause growth retardation.
Between 100 and 140 million children are vitamin A deficient. An estimated 250,000 to 500 000 vitamin A-deficient children
become blind every year, half of them dying within 12 months of losing their sight. (World Health Organization)
deficiency is a principal cause of anemia. Two billion people—over 30 percent of the world’s population—are anemic, mainly due to iron deficiency, and, in developing
countries, frequently exacerbated by malaria and worm infections. For children, health consequences include premature birth,
low birth weight, infections, and elevated risk of death. Later, physical and cognitive development are impaired, resulting
in lowered school performance. For pregnant women, anemia contributes to 20 percent of all maternal deaths (World Health Organization).
deficiency disorders (IDD) jeopardize children´s
mental health– often their very lives. Serious iodine deficiency during pregnancy may result in stillbirths, abortions
and congenital abnormalities such as cretinism, a grave, irreversible form of mental retardation that affects people living
in iodine-deficient areas of Africa and Asia. IDD also causes mental impairment that lowers intellectual prowess at home,
at school, and at work. IDD affects over 740 million people, 13 percent of the world’s population. Fifty million people
have some degree of mental impairment caused by IDD (source: World Health Organization).
(Updated December 4,
Our 2011 Christmas Fund photos:
Jja Jja Nakate Family
a video from the St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund >>