Miriam E. Krantz (C 62, Sng 63), a nutritionist in Nepal 15 years, was named EMC’s “alumna-of-the-year” Sunday morning (Apr. 29) on homecoming weekend.
Miss Krantz, a home economics education major, was cited “for your contribution to the nutrition of the people of Nepal…hearing and answering the needs of the world.”
A brother, Elvin B. Krantz of Lancaster, Pa., accepted the award for Miss Krantz from Eugene K. Souder (C 51), outgoing president of EMC’s Alumni Association.
The Strasburg, Pa., native began her first term of service in Nepal in 1963 under the auspices of the Mennonite Board of Missions, Elkhart, Ind.
She first served as a hospital dietitian before shifting to nutrition work with the Shanta Bhawan Community Health Program in Kathmandu. The project is sponsored by the United Mission to Nepal, a coalition of some 30 Christian organizations and 15 nationalities.
Alarmed that children under five account for more than half the death rate in the tiny Himalayan country, Miss Krantz developed “Super Flour” —a mixture of ground roasted soya beans, corn and wheat—as a weapon against malnutrition.
The high-protein, high-calorie food supplement “ makes use of local grains, is easy to prepare, inexpensive and has many uses,” according to the nutritionist.
Miss Krantz has received recognition in Nepal and beyond for her creation, and a new national handbook for health service workers tells how to make “Super Flour” and how to make porridge from it.
Last summer the Nepali government asked Miss Krantz to represent the country at the International Nutrition Congress in Brazil. She presented a paper on nutrition efforts in Nepal to a sectional meeting there.
She and two Nepali colleagues, at the request of the king, conducted a fact-finding tour of outlying villages to determine the exact needs of the people. She has also done nutrition assessments for programs in Tibet and India.
Currently, Miss Krantz is helping to lead a training session for young people starting assignments with the National Development Program. All Nepali university students are required to serve at least 10 months under the program.
The alumna-of-the-year is the daughter of Ivan D. and the late Zella Brubaker Krantz of Quarryville, Pa., and a member of New Providence (Pa.) Mennonite Church.
Published 1979 in Crossroads.