No More Poverty Joins Guatemala Aid Fund to Fight Childhood Malnutrition

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Half of all children in Guatemala under age five are malnourished. Poor orphan children face an even greater crisis. A charity founded by brothers Michael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi, No More Poverty, is helping the Guatemala Aid Fund to raise money for these at risk children to provide food and other necessities.

No More Poverty is pleased to support the Guatemala Aid Fund, a charity dedicated to helping a country that suffers from one of the highest rates of childhood malnutrition in the world. According to UNICEF, half of all Guatemalan children under the age of five are chronically malnourished.

“This extraordinary charity does so much for poor and abandoned children and adults in Guatemala ,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of No More Poverty. “We at No More Poverty are proud to be among the supporters for this wonderful cause, and hope that our assistance will help to provide the education, care and love they need to thrive.”

A raffle to support the Luz de Fatima Orphanage was sponsored in December, 2012 by Jessie’s Barbershop in North Hollywood. “It's a pleasure to support such a deserving organization,” says owner Jesse Bugarin, whose barbershop has been an institution in the community for more than 20 years.

The Guatemala Aid Fund was started by Bethany Eisenberg Zeeb, who adopted two Guatemalan children and, as a result, learned firsthand of the plight of the abandoned children living in the underserved orphanages in Guatemala. What began as a personal campaign to donate funds and supplies to different programs aiding orphaned and sick children as well as handicapped adults, turned in to a full-fledged initiative dedicated to raising funds to help provide education, medical assistance and care to four programs, including the Luz de Fatima Orphanage.

The Luz de Fatima Orphanage houses children that are waiting for adoption or have been declared abandoned by the courts. The goal of the facility is to have enough resources to house and educate more than 100 children and to provide them with medical assistance and physical therapy. The management of the orphanage currently has the land to build a private high school in order to use the revenue from the tuition to support the maintenance of the Luz de Fatima Orphanage. As yet, they do not have the funds to either build the high school or to expand the orphanage. It is the goal of the Guatemala Aid Fund to help them raise enough capital to initiate the building and staffing of the new high school. The Guatemala Aid Fund currently provides the money they raise to help support the Luz de Maria Orphanage, the Hermano de Pedro Orphanage and Hospital and the Happy Hearts aid program, in addition to the Luz de Fatima Orphanage.

No More Poverty is a not-for-profit charity organization (with a pending 501(c)3 application) founded by brothers Michael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi. The organization seeks to end poverty at home and abroad by supporting the efforts of like-minded charities and agencies. Current efforts are focused on increasing awareness of and donations to charities already doing great work to address poverty and its staggering effects throughout the world. The plan is to expand our activities to include fostering business development and job creation in disenfranchised areas.

Join us in the fight for No More Poverty. Suggestions for worthy partners in the fight for No More Poverty are welcome. No More Poverty does not accept monetary support, but instead encourages direct donations to the charities featured on the No More Poverty website. For more information, please visit http://www.nmp.org or https://www.facebook.com/nmp.org.

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