Eileen Lynch | Friday, April 1, 2011
CommUniversity day is coming up this Saturday. For your sake, I hope you’ve signed up. The day is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the South Bend community, make visible improvements in the community and have a really great time with really great people.
Afterward, everybody should come to the wrap-up picnic at the Robinson Community Learning Center. There will be free food, more great people and a free concert hosted by ND Fighting NTDs, featuring some AcoustiCafe favorites.
We, ND Fighting NTDs, are putting on the concert to promote a really incredible project that has the potential to raise Haiti’s national IQ by ten points. The project, Notre Dame Haiti Project Salt Initiative, seeks to provide fortified salt for the residents of Haiti. Fortified salt contains Iodine and DEC, a compound that prevents Lymphatic Filariasis.
All these scientific compounds have very concrete benefits. Iodine is necessary to prevent cretinism in young children. Cretinism stunts mental and physical growth, leaving young brains trapped in various stages of development. Lymphatic Filariasis causes grotesque swelling of the limbs and drastically impedes quality of life.
NDHPS already has a factory running in Haiti which produces salt for less than 50 cents per pound. Getting fortified salt to the people who need it allows children to grow up healthy, enjoying full mental capacity, the ability to learn and live. Celebrate your life and education, and learn more about the Salt Project this Saturday at the Robinson Community Learning Center — and catch some great music while you’re at it!