Containers to battle malnutrition arriving in two African countries

Langley-based Food For Famine Society sends Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food overseas, with a lot of local help.

Two shipping containers full of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) are arriving in African countries over the next few weeks, thanks to a Langley charity.

The food will assist 1,800 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and arrangements have been made by Langley’s Food For Famine Society. Through the generosity of Billy Vandekerkhove of Super Save Group, $100,000 was donated to sponsor the two shipping containers.

The first container is set to arrive the Democratic Republic of the Congo today (Dec. 23), with the second one scheduled to arrive in South Sudan in mid-January 2015.

The Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food will be distributed by Food For Famine’s partner World Vision Canada, through its community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Programs (CMAM).

World Vision in the DRC will implement an integrated nutrition, health, water and sanitation program in Mitwaba territory in the “Triangle de la Mort.” This project will provide direct nutrition treatment to beneficiaries, comprising of mothers and children under five years old. World Vision seeks to provide for the stabilization and treatment of 739 severely acutely malnourished children under five years of age with medical complications, through in-patient treatment in three health centres.

A further 7,387 severely acutely malnourished (SAM) people without medical complications will be treated within the Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) with RUTF.

Maria Martini of Food For Famine Society reports that a third container is close to being filled, thanks to donors from the World Food Day corporate breakfast in October at Langley Events Centre. It will be shipped to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the New Year.

Anyone who would like to assist can donate online at or by texting FFF to 45678, to immediately donate $5.

Just Posted

Pride flag taken down by Township of Langley

Woman said she was told it was removed from her front yard because of a complaint

Langley’s Wyatt twins make Pan Am team

Wyatts back home after completing freshman year at University of Memphis

VIDEO: Beer lovers tip a few for Langley Rotary Clubs

17th Annual Tip ‘n Taste at Cascades Casino serves up craft suds for local charities

Langley Mustang achieves personal best

Local track and field team earn 14 gold medals at successful Jesse Bent Memorial Meet

Former Langley school moved to new site for condo project

The old Murrayville Elementary’s core was shifted on its site

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read