VitaMeal in Virtual Reality

In Somalia, 6.2 million people are in need of immediate food assistance.

Three years of drought have caused crops to fail and killed off livestock. Families are struggling to survive without access to clean water or food. As a result, more than 363,000 children are acutely malnourished. Starvation and famine are very real threats.

World Vision is scaling up its response to save lives and prevent people from slipping into famine over the coming months. Across Somalia, World Vision runs food distribution centres, bringing life-saving food to families and communities in need. Because the food shortages are so severe, people will often walk for hours to reach the centres. Over the course of a day, a centre can provide necessary food to hundreds of people.

World Vision distributes VitaMeal to families in Somlia. Scenes show registration and women and children at the site. World Vision trained the families on how to prepare the VitaMeal. Photos taken in accompaniment to video.

A World Vision food distribution centre in Burtinle, Somalia. ©World Vision/Maxwell Moser

Food assistance isn’t just about filling stomachs, it’s about providing nutritious food, especially for children.

Protein and fatty acids are needed for normal brain and muscle development, and vitamins and minerals are necessary to boost the immune system, build bones and sustain health. In many emergency situations, fortified foods are crucial to saving malnourished children’s lives.

VitaMeal is a mixture of rice and lentils, fortified with 25 essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats. Compared to cornmeal, VitaMeal has 50 times more calcium, 20 times more zinc, 10 times more vitamin A, copper and potassium. The meal is easy to prepare with boiling water. World Vision sends about $297,000 worth of VitaMeal to Somalia per month – enough to provide 360,000 meals.

World Vision distributes VitaMeal to families in Somlia. Scenes show registration and women and children at the site. World Vision trained the families on how to prepare the VitaMeal. Photos taken in accompaniment to video.

At food distribution centres, families register to receive VitaMeal and other food commodities for the month. ©World Vision/Maxwell Moser

VitaMeal is just one of the food commodities distributed at the dozen World Vision food distribution centres in this area of Somalia. Families may also receive grains such as maize and sorghum, beans, cooking oil and salt.

Through the virtual reality video below, you can step into a food distribution centre in Burtinle, Somalia, as families receive VitaMeal and instructions on how to prepare it. You will even follow Umi and her family home as they prepare their meal and the children eat. Umi and her family are just one of the hundreds of families benefitting from this supplemental feeding programme.

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