Over the past few months, I have seen several questions posted and also received a number of inquiries about the status of our Vitamin Angels Prenatal campaign. The answer is that it could not possibly be going any better. Frankly, we just began a bit too ambitiously and we donated too many bottles to Vitamin Angels (more than half a million!). In fact, it actually ended up being closer to three quarters of a million bottles of prenatal vitamins and I never expected it to be that many, but it just took a little while to get all of these vitamins into the hands of the women who need them. A quality prenatal vitamin is very costly to manufacture and no one had previously attempted a campaign of this size before, so it was going to take more than a bit of work to get it underway. Nevertheless, the amazing folks at Vitamin Angels only took a few months to establish the supply-lines into remote and impoverished areas around the world to reach the women who are in need of these essential prenatal vitamins. As of today our prenatal vitamins are helping hundreds of thousands of women and their babies throughout Asia, South and Central America and Africa. Even close to home, we are helping tens of thousands of financially challenged women throughout inner cities right here in America.
Along the way, Howard Schiffer, the Founder and President of Vitamin Angels has sent me consistent updates regarding the amazing benefits these prenatal vitamins are having on the challenges that so many women and their babies must face. Howard’s most recent emails on April 21st and 27th had a very powerful impact on me, so I thought I would share them with you. Best of all, since we have now managed to distribute ALL of the prenatal vitamins we produced, we are now going to continue with the Vitamin Angels Prenatal campaign in July and October and donate even more vitamins. Howard’s first email below was sent just before he left for Africa and the second one that follows was sent one week later from Kenya:
———Received 4/21/09 —————————-
I’m off to Kenya tomorrow. This is a program with the University of Illinois. They went in 20 years ago when there was only one hospital in all of Kenya. Now they have graduated their 9th class and the hospital is completely staffed and run by Kenyans (that means sustainable!). They just started a women and children’s hospital with 18 outlying clinics serving 13 million people. Vitamin Angels is helping to launch the new hospital and inaugurating a major prenatal campaign for this entire region. All of the prenatals are ProCaps’ product! We will be having a major impact in this region!
Founder Vitamin Angels
———Received 4/27/09 —————————-
When I walked into the office of Moniqa and Sonia yesterday and saw the box of ProCaps Labs prenatals, and the smiles on these women’s faces – I wished you were here. We are working with the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. The Hospital only opened a few weeks ago and already they are delivering babies. The need in this area is huge – it has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in the world (10 mothers were lost this month alone). When we visited the NICU (Neonate Intensive Care Unit) yesterday, there were over 40 babies there – most weighing 1 1/2, 2 and 3 pounds. Every doctor, nurse, breastfeeding advocate and teacher I met was so incredibly excited about the prenatals – it is the buzz around the Hospital. They have never had this level of support. When we walked into the pediatric unit yesterday, all of the doctors had ProCaps products on their tables and were talking about how they are going to get these to every mother to take home after she delivers. Our plan is to reach the women early in their pregnancy in the villages (we are going out today into the field) and then have them continue through the first 6 months of the baby’s life. This is a teaching hospital which is associated with the Moi University Teaching Hospital which is next door and is completely being staffed and run by Kenyans – truly a model for what is possible in the world. The situation around here is dire and the Hospital (and the vitamins) are a tremendous ray of hope. The need is daunting, I know our initial shipment will be used up quickly. The bottom line you need to know is that we are saving lives in this region. Thank you and everyone at ProCaps on behalf of the women and babies in Kenya. Your support means everything to these people.
Founder Vitamin Angels
I have also received compelling emails like these from Howard when he was traveling throughout Asia, including India and Thailand, as well as South and Central America and more. Like those emails, I think the most recent emails above speak for themselves. In short, we are saving lives throughout the world and making an enormous difference in the lives of mothers who are desperate for good nutrition to help them and their innocent babies. I cannot thank you enough for your interest and support of our Prenatal Vitamin Project and its incredible lifesaving benefits. Our first efforts last year had us donate more than 60 million days of prenatal vitamins! That is more than 150,000 years of vitamins! It is just so exciting to see what we have done and to know what we will be able to do in the future, now that we are able to get our vitamins directly to women in need throughout the world. I am extremely excited about the prospects of saving even more lives, since we will continue our Prenatal Project with Vitamin Angels during my last two visits of the year in July and October.
Thirty years ago I started making vitamins and over the years, I have likely been the first person in America to call everyone’s attention to and provide education about new nutrients that are now relatively standard, such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Coenzyme Q-10, Resveratrol, EGCG, Lutein, Lycopene, Zeaxanthin, Omega 3’s, high potency Vitamin D3 and many, many others. I have always been proud of the ethical education I have provided, along with the 100% pure products made entirely from solar energy, but nothing and I mean nothing comes close to the emotions I feel about the work we are doing to help save women and their babies worldwide.
Thank you and God bless! Andrew