Locally-based nonprofit 2nd Milk transports the spirit of Northwest Arkansas’ generosity to a place on the other side of the globe to save the lives of malnourished and orphaned infants.
“In 2013 my wife and six children, we moved to Malawi, Africa,” 2nd Milk Founder and President Jason Carney remembered.
During the years Carney and his family spent in Africa, they were inspired to create 2nd Milk after encountering infants who had lost their mothers.
“She leaves behind a baby and the baby doesn’t have access to breast milk, and so we come along side those families and help those babies,” Carney explained.
Some of what the Carney family discovered was tough to take. They came across what he refers to as the ‘forgotten child.’
“You’ll have maybe a family member that will dig a hole and leave a child that’s alive, knowing that child doesn’t have access to nutrition but doesn’t want to see that baby die, and will dig a hole and put that baby in the hole and cover it with gravel and dirt,” Carney shared. “So we found babies like that and that hit’s home.”
Carney pointed out many of us are very blessed in our daily lives not to know the pains those in another culture might go through, making it hard for us to process such a difficult situation.
“Those people probably have more hope in situations, that I’ve never experienced, than I would,” Carney said. “But they still, at times, people need assistance whether it’s here in Northwest Arkansas or in Africa.”
Carney offered how he thinks 2nd Milk stands out from other aid organizations because of the focus on preserving the family unit, rather than removing the children from their families to help.
“It’s something that they’re not used to,” Carney stated plainly. “They realize then that they can keep their children and that families can take care of these children and that’s the way God intended it initially any way.”
Protecting the family, is something Carney said his beliefs direct him to do. Because it is his faith that drives him forward in the mission he felt the call to serve.
“To think about the forgotten child and those children, that are living in Africa, that don’t have access to nutrition and the things that our children here in America have,” Carney explained. “So if we’re not helping, who’s gonna’ do that?”
2nd Milk also establishes chicken farms which provide local protein and jobs in those communities, as well as nutrition to children in the program. The income from the chicken houses the nonprofit creates is used to send the children in the program to private, Christian schools. Click here to learn more about how you can help the cause with a donation or event sponsor a child.