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  •  MSF (12+ / 0-)

    (Doctors Without Borders) can feed a starving child for a month with $11.

    That's a number for comparison. So if Mary's Meal's is feeding one RUTF meal (ready to eat food) for lunch to children in third-world counties for a couple months, they're not providing yummy meals. But it may be possible to feed them food they need to survive.

    The cost of local foods like local legumes, "ancient"
    grains (spelt, millet, etc)  may be far cheaper than what we're used to in the western world too.

    I have no firsthand knowledge, other than as a regular donor to some NGOs on the third world, including schools. I'm just tossing ideas out there....

    CNN chose Mary's Meals for their "Heros" program. Presumably there was considerable vetting that went on there.

    There  are no listings at Charity Navigator or Guidestar. I prefer when there are. But I've also see a couple of charities with 4 star ratings with hinky financials. And I give to a charity or two that aren't listed. I spoke to them, asked lots of questions and got a comfort level sufficient to donate (although I'd never recommend to others).  

    There are some charities i adore I adore, respect, recommend and really trust -- like MSF, or like the large food bank in WA state. And there are many others i often feel like its a crapshoot and if I believe strongly enough in the cause, then I leap, hoping I'm doing the right thing.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 12:05:25 AM PDT

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    •  I just have to ask, because I have seen your (1+ / 0-)
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      comments around, why did you feel it necessary to copyright your comment?

      "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

      by helpImdrowning on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 03:45:16 AM PDT

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    •  The difference (6+ / 0-)

      The staple over much of sub-saharan Africa is maize ground and cooked as a sort of porridge. You probably know it as 'grits' but different countries have different traditions on its preparation and consistency.

      If you can just afford "mealy meal" as it is widely known, you add salt. If available or you can afford them, the usual version is with vegetables and sometimes pulses. The luxury version adds small amounts of meat. As you say, all van be locally grown though one of the drawbacks of   USAID is that they dump US produced maize which then makes the local versions unattractive and farmers go out of business as they cannot compete.

      Starving children need high protein and high calorie foods. These are most typically  high protein biscuits - for ease of transport and keeping properties - and a thing called "plumpy nut" That is a sort of vitamin and calorie enhanced peanut butter packed in individual meal sachets. The sachets can be handed out so the mothers can feel their children at their own pace. Of course if a child is really starving, special foods delivered by tube into the stomach may be needed to get them back from the brink. Because they have to be prepared in factories, these emergency foods are a lot more than local foods, although a lot less than food in the west costs.

      Fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 09:55:51 AM PDT

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      •  They add soy to the porridge (1+ / 0-)
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        or so I read in some article about this

        Praxis: Bold as Love

        by VelvetElvis on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 12:23:59 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

          What I described was the traditional use of mealy meal as explained to me by a village secretary in rural Zambia,

          Soya is native to Asia so are not part of the traditional diet but I agree it is quite likely that soya beans or flour is added by Mary's Meals to increase the protein content for children who otherwise would not have sufficient.

          A grain based stew or porridge was very typical of the food for the poor. In pre-industrial Europe, the usual meal was a bowl of pottage with meal being reserved for high days and holy days if at all. Rural workers usually had a pottage garden to grow herbs and vegetables to add to the stew - indeed they were often referred to as "pottagers".  

          Fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur.

          by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 07:32:51 AM PDT

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