On the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Foundation provided a grant to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) of $10,000 in memory of Lingzi Lu. PAL works hand in hand with the Boston Police Department to provide an array of programs and activities for young people across the City of Boston. The Lingzi Foundation Board determined that PAL furthers Lingzi’s memory and the Foundation’s mission of bringing youths of diverse cultures and backgrounds together and enriching their learning experiences.
During Thanksgiving of 2014, the Foundation made its first grant to Edesia, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island. These funds were raised by a number of dedicated contributors who ran the 2014 Boston Marathon in memory of Lingzi Lu.
Edesia was founded in 2007, by Navyn Salem, a stay-at-home mother of four young girls, who set out to end the crisis of malnutrition for over 220 million children around the world. Her approach was simple: increase access to Ready-to Use Foods (RUFs) in developing countries. Edesia now produces four different RUFs designed to address the many stages of childhood malnutrition which have been provided to more than two million children in 40 countries. These products are delivered to children for free through distribution partners such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme. Geographically Edesia focuses primarily in Latin America and West Africa and has responded to humanitarian disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti, floods in Pakistan, the famine in the Horn of Africa, the drought in the Sahel, and recent crises in Syria and Mali.
Edesia is the Roman goddess of food and plentiful banquets. Lingzi spent her first Thanksgiving in Rhode Island with her aunt and uncle and embraced the spirit of generosity and thanks of our holiday.
Edesia has outgrown its current 15,000 square foot facility and the Foundation’s board was delighted to donate funds to help Edesia with its plans to construct and move to a new 85,000 square foot manufacturing and storage facility in order to help nourish more children around the world.
For more information about Edesia, go to www.edesiaglobal.org.