Fight Malnourishment in Mali

Kwashiorkor is a disease that affects impoverished nations. It is caused by severe malnutrition and results in edemas, impaired immune system responses, delayed cognitive and physical developments, and even fatality if left untreated. Micronutrients such as calcium, vitamin B-12, and several essential amino acids are necessary components of a healthy diet, which are missing in affected individuals. 

I am working with a village in Mali, West Africa called Sanambélé. (My research group has been working with this village for the past two decades.) The Women's Association of the village reached out to my research group at Montana State University to see if we could help them improve the lives of their children who are currently at risk or have Kwashiorkor. The Association proposed constructing a chicken coop in order to produce eggs as a viable source of micronutrients. The nutrients found in eggs and egg shells can reduce, if not totally eradicate, Kwashiorkor in Sanambélé. 

I will be working with Dr. Florence Dunkel of Montana State University to monitor the symptoms of Kwashiorkor in the village once the coop has been constructed. We have already calculated the nutritional intake of calcium, vitamin B-12, tryptophan, and lysine in the the local diet and found that the levels were dangerously low. We have also researched the recommended daily intake (RDI) levels of nutrients and compared those to the nutritional data of eggs. We hypothesize that the symptoms of Kwashiorkor should amerliorate after the introduction of eggs into the diet of Sanambélé. 

The villagers need help funding the construction and purchase of materials/livestock. The total cost is approximately US$ 4,000. The Women's Association can fund approximately a quarter of the cost. (However, they may be able to fund a higher proportion of the total after the women of the village sell more local products.)

If you, or an organization you belong to, would be willing to donate to this cause, you could improve the lives of these young children in countless ways. The  villagers of Sanambélé and I thank you for your donation and consideration. I have written a grant proposal in order to receive financial aid to help fund the research component of this project; so if you are interested in reading about the project or seeing the data, please contact me and I can send you a copy of the proposal. 

The cost of the coop is approximately: $1200
Cost per chicken: $2 
Total for 500 chickens: $1000
Vaccines, Antibiotics, Vitamins, and Maintenance: $2000
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Nathaniel Sisson 
Bozeman, MT
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