“The children thrive when they are healthy.” Edinansi, a grandmother and farmer from Uganda, spoke in reference to all of the children in her community, but it was clear that she had one particular child in mind – her four-year-old granddaughter, Priscilla. The girl sat by her grandmother’s side and listened curiously to our conversation under a large, tent-like structure.
As one of the children we’ve reached through our partnership with Walgreens, Priscilla is a notable example of how dramatically vitamins can change a child’s life. Although her grandmother spoke at length about the power of vitamins and how they positively impacted her granddaughter, one only had to observe Priscilla to see the effects in action. Priscilla’s bright eyes, big smile, and energetic, enthusiastic demeanor were indicative of her improved health. She happily trailed after her grandmother as we left the cool shade of the tent and followed them through the 1 ½-acre farm that Edinansi cultivates for income.
Clad in a light blue dress accented with while flowers, Priscilla was a picture of youthful health. Her delicate hands skimmed the towering crops that flanked our path as her feet pitter-pattered after Edinansi. It was hard to imagine that the vibrant little girl, now attached at the hip to her beloved grandmother, was once weak and sickly. But Edinansi recalled that, prior to taking the vitamin A and deworming tablets provided at a local vitamin distribution, Priscilla lacked the vivacity that she exudes today.