We aim to make nutrition accessible to women, infants, and children in every region of the world. 

 

Our Beginning

 Ezra, a young boy from Madagascar who suffered from rickets as a result of chronic vitamin D deficiency

Ezra, a young boy from Madagascar who suffered from rickets as a result of chronic vitamin D deficiency

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 harsh 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.

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

— Hippocrates

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to earnestly dedicate time and resources to combat malnutrition in the forms of stunting and micronutrient deficiencies by providing comprehensive micronutrient fortification and dietary diversification to infants, women, and children in every region of the world – to ultimately create more informed, empowered, and sustainable communities.

 
 
  45%  of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition

45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition

  1 in 5  children under 5 years of age worldwide are stunted as of 2017

1 in 5 children under 5 years of age worldwide are stunted as of 2017

 Stunting rates in Madagascar & Guatemala are among the highest at nearly  50%

Stunting rates in Madagascar & Guatemala are among the highest at nearly 50%

 
 

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, infants, and mothers. Please take a look at our facts page to learn more about some critical issues taking place around the world.

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If you have a heart for children and want to help end undernutrition, please consider becoming a partner with us. We would love to have your help whether it's your time, wisdom, or connections. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them to produce, distribute, and research the fortification product. If you are interested or have more questions, please use the link below to reach out to us!

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