A nurse at Syosset Hospital is asking online donors to help her make a difference in the lives of Haitian children by providing them the nutritional staples that they are lacking.
Nina Ng, the hospital’s assistant director of nursing, was inspired to take up the cause after she visited Mounia’s Orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, where she noticed the lack of nutritional diversity in the children’s meals during a medical mission trip in 2012. In an effort to introduce a wider range of nutrients that extends beyond the typical rice and pasta-based carbohydrates that make up an average orphan’s food, Ng set up a fundraiser to fund the shipment of more nutritious food.
“The fact that they lack certain nutrition stunts their growth, so what we are trying to provide for them is a more steady influx of fruits, vegetables and meats so that they can grow like healthy children,” Ng told CBS New York.
To support the mission, she started a GoFundMe fundraiser, aptly titled Passion Project: Haiti, that has so far raised $1,500 of its $8,000 goal. The project sends shipments food such as chicken, eggs mangos, watermelon, spinach and yucca to the 20 to 25 children of Mounia’s Orphanage. Sept. 13 marked the first delivery of $200 worth of food, which included four chickens, 30 eggs, 17 eggplants, 18 oranges, 12 pineapples, and three packs of vegetables, mangos, and cherries.
More shipments are being planned. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/f/passionprojecthaiti