Meet The Children
Meet The Children
Virtually every country in the world has hungry children, but Nourish the Children VitaMeal donations are delivered to places where children need it most. For more information on the delivery of VitaMeal you can read our Smiles Reports.
Silvia is 12 years old and has been eating VitaMeal since the age of five at a community center in Amatitan, El Salvador. Before having regular meals of VitaMeal, Silvia struggled to find something to eat every day and often went to bed hungry. The main staple of food for her family was tortillas with beans or eggs, when available.
“My life is different now because in the community center I eat delicious food, and I know it has helped me to be strong,” Silvia said.
The young girl, who likes to jump rope and sew clothes for her dolls from old pieces of cloth, is now at a healthy weight and height for her age. Her parents credit her good health to NU SKIN’s Nourish the Children initiative and its charity partner, Feed the Children, for providing VitaMeal at the community center. Without this support, her parents believe her growth and development might have drastically suffered.
“My life has changed because my child has the opportunity to eat healthy, and that is something that I couldn’t provide by myself,” Silvia’s mother said.
Seven-year-old Karla lives with her parents in Cofradia, Estelí, Nicaragua. She suffered from malnutrition from being fed only one meal a day until she was offered VitaMeal at her school. Shortly thereafter, Karla’s family started to receive supplemental support of VitaMeal. Her family noticed that her charismatic, friendly and cheerful disposition improved with the increased nutrients and vitamins she was eating from VitaMeal. Her stamina and endurance also increased and now she spends that extra energy playing with her plastic tea set and dolls.
Patricia Mateyu is an orphan who attends the Namalalanje nursery in Thyolo, Malawi. She walked to the community-based childcare center every day on an empty stomach because her poor, elderly grandparents who care for her couldn’t afford to feed her. When she first began attending the center, Patricia weighed in at only 33 pounds, which was the lowest weight among 80 of her peers at the nursery. After eating VitaMeal each day, Patricia’s weight increased to 40 pounds in just five months. The healthy weight gain has helped Patricia with increased energy and alertness, and she is thriving now with a bright future ahead of her.
Four-year-old Gertrude Mwembele from the Machinga district in Malawi is a child whose life was once in jeopardy. She lost both of her parents when she was only two, and lives in a country where regular, nutritious food is not easy to come by in the best of circumstances. However, thanks to VitaMeal and NU SKIN’s Nourish the Children initiative, Gertrude is now eating nourishing meals every day. She has gained weight and has grown a few inches. Gertrude is attending school with 132 other children, who also receive VitaMeal. Her future is now filled with hope and promise.
Jay-R was born with a backbone problem, which caused him to stand improperly. While Jay-R’s parents had to spend much of their time working on their small family farm, they soon realized they needed to focus full-time on his care. The parents struggled to meet his nutritional needs and worried about their son’s weight loss. Working with NTC initiative charity partner, Feed the Children, Jay-R joined a VitaMeal feeding program and gained nearly four pounds in three months.
Wang Feifan attends and lives at a primary boarding school in rural China. She was left at home with her 3-year old younger sister after her parents’ divorced. Being malnourished, Wang was much shorter than her peers. In addition, she couldn’t concentrate in school and lagged behind her classmates in academic performance, which made her shy. Now after eating VitaMeal, she is much taller and has greatly progressed in her studies, and maintains a friendly relationship with her classmates.
SHIJING & SHILIN
During a cold winter in 2008, twin infant brothers named Shijing and Shilin were found abandoned in rural China. The woman who found them, known as Aunt Wang, is 64 years-old and has adopted more than 30 children. To support this large family, Aunt Wang serves VitaMeal every day to her children. She is grateful for the kind donations of VitaMeal and is very proud of her boys.
“Look at the recognition my boys have received for their efforts in school,” said Aunt Wang pointing proudly to a wall filled with awards. “Thank you NU SKIN.”
Meet three-year-old Moses. He participates in the Mwaiwathu Community-Based Childcare Center (CBCC) in Machinga, Eastern Malawi. When he started eating VitaMeal, he began improving so much that those around him were relieved and wanted to know more about VitaMeal and the Nourish the Children initiative. Moses is now energetic and loves to play soccer with his friends and anyone who is willing to take the challenge. His health has improved and he has almost doubled his weight. When he grows up, he would like to be a doctor and give children hope for a better life.
NU SKIN received communication from Christine Dallakian, an Armenian mother who received assistance through the Nourish the Children (NTC) initiative. When her husband passed away in 2009, she was left alone to care for Emma. In May, Christine heard about VitaMeal and NTC and knew she needed to find out more about the opportunity to properly nourish little Emma. The Dallakians are two of hundreds who received assistance in Armenia and were nourished thanks to the donations of NU SKIN sales leaders, customers and employees.
Christine writes: “Today we received VitaMeal and little Emma was very glad to get it. While I was writing this letter, my daughter was laboriously preparing VitaMeal in the kitchen and now is calling me to taste it. We really love it!”
When 10-year-old Yang Fengshan’s mother died last year, she and her family were left with overwhelming debt. Her father travels far from their home in Hubei Province, China to find work, and is forced to leave his family for long periods of time to earn an income. While her father is gone, Yang takes care of her family. She feeds her siblings and her grandmother on a limited amount of food; many times there is not enough for everyone. Thanks to generous donations of VitaMeal, Yang and her family now enjoy hot rice porridge or “congee.” Yang has not gone hungry and has been able to grow healthy and strong. Her father said, “VitaMeal gives children hope. It is the sweetest dream for children!”
Nu Skin is a for-profit distributor of nutritional and skin care products and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NUS). Nourish the Children is an initiative of Nu Skin and is registered in some states as a commercial co-venture. The initiative enables Nu Skin’s brand affiliates and customers to purchase VitaMeal from Nu Skin and donate it to charitable organizations to help solve the complex world problem of feeding malnourished children. The price of VitaMeal includes the cost of manufacturing, general overhead, distribution and sales. As is the case with other Nu Skin products, brand affiliates are paid commissions and Nu Skin earns a profit margin from each sale of VitaMeal.