Darin Pastor holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and several certificates from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Outside of his role as CEO of Capstone Financial Group, Darin Pastor is also a philanthropist. One of his chosen causes is Vitamin Angels, an organization that provides vitamins to children who are malnourished all over the world.
Malnutrition is the most common preventable cause of a child’s death worldwide. Vitamin A deficiency is a major source of this malnutrition, especially in countries without easy access to the sorts of foods that contain it, such as leafy greens, carrots, fish, and fortified foods. These foods can be expensive, and even when families are able to farm these foods, they often have to sell them away. In developed countries, fortified milk and bread are standard, so vitamin A deficiency is relatively rare. Supplementation is often necessary in developing countries where families cannot access enough of this vitamin.
Children who don’t get enough of this vitamin may have issues with their hair and skin, as well as weakened immune systems. Blindness and death are also risks. Supplementation, however, is powerful, and deficiency can be prevented with just one dose every six months.
Vitamin Angels’ teams deliver vitamin A supplements to over 40 million children globally. Through this initiative and others, the organization serves over 48 million people in over 50 countries, focusing especially on the nutritional health of children and mothers.