Our mission is to prevent & treat childhood malnutrition in the most vulnerable regions of the world
The Enspice Children's Foundation was created following a medical mission trip to Antananarivo, Madagascar. It was here that Dr. Frederick Murphy met Ezra - a quiet, curious, and playful youth who had traveled three days on foot with his father through the rainforest seeking medical attention. He was undernourished, could not walk or run properly and had previously been misdiagnosed with clubbed feet. He came to our medical-surgical clinic with the hope that we could straighten his legs so that he could walk and run again without difficulty. It was apparent to Dr. Murphy that Ezra did not have clubbed feet, but rather suffered from severe malnutrition, stunting, and rickets as a result of chronic vitamin D and other micronutrient deficiencies.
Ezra's food staple was rice and water. In his village, there were no sustainable food sources nor micronutrient supplements. As there were no vitamins nor nutrients readily available, Goat milk was recommended as a treatment for Ezra. However, goat milk was sparse and an expense not easily sustainable for his family. What a hard decision for any parent to make. Meeting Ezra inspired Dr. Murphy to develop a multi-phase nutrition and micronutrient sustainability program which could be implemented in remote villages in resource-poor and food insecure areas, particularly in developing countries around the world. Hence based upon this experience as well as similar experiences in Guatemala, Dr. Murphy founded the Enspice Children’s Foundation.
“Let food be thy medicine & medicine be thy food.”
Malnutrition is a complex term that encompasses many conditions. Of particular interest to our foundation, are the many variations of undernutrition. However, we do not limit ourselves to only fighting undernutrition in children. Please take a look at our facts page to learn more about some critical issues taking place around the world.
Our vision is to end childhood malnutrition while creating informed, empowered, and sustainable communities.
If you have a heart for children and want to pioneer the end to malnutrition, please consider joining us in the fight. We would love to help you make this vision a reality. If you are interested or have more questions, please use the link below to reach out to us!