Opportunities in St. Louis, Missouri
Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people. The Administrative Assistant is an essential member of the St. Louis team. He/she will help the organization fulfill its mission in Haiti. The position requires a willingness to acquire a broad knowledge of the organization, as well as the ability to perform support duties and tasks of a confidential nature efficiently and effectively. This position requires an individual who works independently with diverse personalities and also is able to solve problems creatively. The candidate must be a self-starter, be able to take initiative for routine responsibilities, and take ownership of tasks and assignments. Attention to detail is a must.
Opportunities in Cap Haitien, Haiti
Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), a non-profit, operates a food processing facility, using electro-mechanical machinery, to produce Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), to treat severe acute malnutrition in Haiti’s children. This fellowship is located in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. This position’s primary goal is to, alongside Haitian technical staff, develop a plan for the integration of solar into the existing framework of diesel-powered generators; to project manage the solar power sizing and needs assessment and installation; to hook up electricity for the recently completed storage depot; to expand the circuit breaker capacity and flexibility for the MFK food processing facility, for its production equipment as well as for its other systems.
The role of the fellow is to work collaboratively with Haitian maintenance technicians to identify problems and find solutions. Often these solutions will be outside of Haiti and will require consultation with volunteer engineers in the U.S. and elsewhere. It is not expected that the fellow will know all the answers but it is expected that the fellow will know the questions to ask and will pursue the answers.
Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is a social enterprise, operating in the north of Haiti, with an administrative headquarters office in St. Louis, Missouri. A social enterprise has social goals which it meets by following sound business principles; it reinvests all positive margins back into the mission. MFK is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people. MFK accomplishes its mission by developing, producing and distributing highly nutritious foods, including the gold-standard Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). It makes its food products in Haiti, using Haitian workers and, whenever possible, Haitian raw materials. The factory is run increasingly with Haitian management, as a requisite for a sustainable future.
MFK also undertakes traditional non-governmental organization activities in Haiti, including an agricultural research and development effort working with Haitian farmers, as well as providing malnutrition treatment to children in a few clinics and mentorship support in other malnutrition clinics throughout Haiti. MFK also produces and distributes a nutritious school snack and may be developing and testing other new products in the future.
Every three minutes we produce enough Medika Mamba to treat one child.
“I speak for our entire team in St. Louis when I say it is a tremendously gratifying feeling that our team’s time, talents, and treasures have been able to assist such a great cause. Awesome to see the completed manufacturing facility and the lives impacted by the endeavors of MFK!”Breck Washam, Vice President of Burns & McDonnell, Supporter Since 2010
“You realize how absolutely blessed you are by the fate of your soul coming down the chute in the United States of America. You wonder: Why did this happen to me and not to them?”MFK Executive Director, Dr. Patricia Wolff, as Quoted in a CNN Article Titled "As Children Starve, World Struggles for Solution", In Reference to Her Experiences Working in Haiti
“The clear advantages of Medika Mamba, combined with a distressingly high number of hospital admissions, led HAS [Hôpital Albert Schweitzer] to decide to provide all severely malnourished children with Medika Mamba, beginning during the last few days of hospitalization and continuing for up to eight weeks at home.”Report on the Emergency Malnutrition Program [August 2008] from HÔpital Albert Schweitzer, One of Haiti's Preeminent Healthcare Providers
“We are good farmers here in Haiti, and we have good land. But all we know is what our grandfathers and their grandfathers knew. Sometimes all we need is some new knowledge—so thank you for coming.”Haitian Farmer Who Benefits from the Capacity Building Sponsored by MFK and Carried Out by Peanut Scientists at the University of Georgia
“I have rarely been as impressed with the vision, energy and results of a project as I have been with MFK and the work of Dr. Patricia Wolff. MFK touches the lives of so many children in such an innovative way using natural resources that are indigenous to the area. It is miraculous.”Dr. Thomas Pearson, Director of Christian World Relief, a Financial Supporter of MFK Since 2005
“My child was small. Now she is like a double child from the one I had. Now I can hold her and play with her.”Mother of Child in the Medika Mamba Program
“Medika Mamba has done big things for the poor here. Children—and I have witnessed it with my own eyes—make rapid recoveries.”MISS MARIE FLEURESE GOURGES, HEAD PEDIATRIC NURSE AT HÔPITAL UNIVERSITAIRE JUSTINIEN, THE SECOND LARGEST PUBLIC HOSPITAL IN HAITI AND AN MFK IMPLEMENTING