Children of Tucumán
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2007
Prem Rawat, founder of The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), presented a significant contribution to Action Against Hunger (AAH) in support of its "Children of Tucumán" initiative. The presentation took place during a special ceremony in Barcelona.
Tucumán is the fifth largest city in Argentina. Although Argentina is the world's fourth biggest exporter of food, AAH estimates that 64% percent of Tucumán residents live in extreme poverty. Many Tucumán parents, unable to afford milk, feed their babies sugary green tea instead. These practices lead to children dying of malnutrition. AAH has been present in Tucumán since 1997, assisting those most at risk.
At the Barcelona event, prize-winning Uruguayan novelist Carmen Posadas accepted TPRF's check on behalf of AAH. Prem Rawat, who was a guest speaker at the Argentine Senate in 2006 in recognition of his foundation's work, expressed his enthusiasm about this new alliance. "In my opinion, children are our future," he said. "Their welfare, giving them all they need for their development, is incredibly important, not only in Argentina, but around the world. The Foundation will make whatever efforts it can to support these children who need good nutrition and hope for tomorrow. In that spirit, the Foundation is pleased to offer this check to Action Against Hunger for children in Tucumán.
One major objective of AAH is to feed children who need "medical feeding," that is, where normal food will not help. Acute malnutrition completely disrupts a child's metabolism and ordinary foods are not effective. Bringing these children back to health requires specially medicated food. AAH created a new feeding formula called the F100 and is using it in Tucumán, as well as making it freely available elsewhere. This formula is now recommended by the U.N. World Health Organization to be used on a global scale, and 300,000 children worldwide are now benefiting from it. AAH says that, while the normal mortality rate for severe malnutrition is typically 40%, the AAH formula lowers it to 4%.
Action Against Hunger, a global organization founded in 1979, operates in 40 countries each day. Its stated objective is "to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster."
The Prem Rawat Foundation advances the internationally acclaimed message of peace made available by Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji. In addition, it helps provide the necessities of life for people most in need. The Foundation often partners with other humanitarian organizations such as Friends of the World Food Program, Oxfam and the Red Cross to bring food, water and disaster relief rapidly where it is most required. Of particular interest is helping people often forgotten by initiatives that focus on larger populations.
To learn more about Prem Rawat, his message of peace and humanitarian initiatives: http://tprf.org/links.htm
Source: The Prem Rawat Foundation, 310-392-5700