NETwork Against Malaria

Mission:1) To raise money to purchase malaria nets for needy Africans to protect them from sickness and death. When children are not sick with malaria, they can attend more days of school. Parents have more time to work, and they spend less of their small income on malaria medication. 2) To ensure the nets are used correctly volunteers educate the bednet recipients about malaria, the benefits of bednets, and how to use nets. 3) To educate U.S. students about the burden of malaria in the world.
Dec 16, 2014

Sr. Camilla, braved the rebels to feed children, build schools, and help poor women

Sr. Camilla with her students
Sr. Camilla with her students

Sr. Camilla is originally from Gulu. When the Lord’s Resistance Army was pillaging and devastating Gulu area, the children began leaving their homes at night and commuting to Gulu town to sleep in the streets. It became dangerous for people to work in the fields. Food insecurity was widespread. Sr. Camilla began a food program to feed these children. She risked her safety to plant and harvest her own crops. She prepared the food daily for the children.

 

The rebels heard about her work. They told her to stop or face the consequences. She was stationed at a church just outside of Gulu. The rebels arrived intending to destroy the church. They would have to destroy her first. She was beaten so severely that she could not move for days, but they did not destroy the church. She continued to work with the children. The rebels arrived one day and took her away. She was beaten and abused for months. Finally, one day without explanation, they sent her home. The mother superior of her order sent her to Katulikire to help with the Internally Displaced Persons. There, she started a women’s group and built a school called St. Monica.

 

St. Monica strives serve the poorest of the poor but at the same time providing them with a strong education that is often unavailable in impoverished, rural areas. Sr. Camilla continues to take on the problems of the people. Housing a schizophrenic mother and her three children. Hiring women who are saving for their children’s education. Taking in children who would otherwise never be able to have a quality education.

 

St. Monica is close partner of NETwork’s. It is growing. It currently has classes through third grade expanding every year. We provide all of their students with nets, and they allow us to use their extra classrooms for net storage. Please help us help protect the students of St. Monica against malaria, help the school grow in accordance with the vision of Sr. Camilla.

Oct 31, 2014

Celebrating our 25,000th recipient...

And the 24,999 recipients before her.

After distributing nets to the children at Alerotingo and Kawiti Primary Schools we have successfully distributed over 25,000 ITN's to grade school children.  We would like to extend our sincere gratitute on behalf of the 1st to the 25,000th child who has benefitted from your generosity.  Both schools are extremely remote, even by Ugandan standards.  They serve children who have fled their homes as refugees and internally displaced persons. We know that our efforts are encouraging the children to stay in school and keeping them healthy.  The teachers have told us that the children are surprised that in all the world Americans would choose their school to receive ITNs.

Oct 15, 2014

Helping babies by educating school children

Learning to walk while recovering from malaria
Learning to walk while recovering from malaria

Baby Jerome is learning to walk while recovering from malaria at Katulikire Health Center.  Baby Jerome arrived at the health center somnolent, difficult to wake up. After a couple of treatments, he was greatly improved.

NETwork is fighting malaria in children under 5 by working through school children.  Many adults do not know that malaria is carried by mosquitoes, so they don't know see the benefit of using nets that make sleeping less comfortable.  School children are open and ready to learn.  Children are taught in school about malaria, how it's spread, and how to prevent the illness.  Children learn about the benefits of malaria nets and how to use them.  They bring the nets home and teach their families.  Mothers, who may have received nets in the past, begin to use their nets. They learn that malaria is a preventable, treatable illness.  Not only do they bring baby Jerome to the health center where he receives treatment, they sleep under the net with their young children protecting them from malaria.

Please consider donating to NETwork on this "Bonus Day" where your donations are matched.  Help us celebrate the Holidays in Uganda by promoting education and keeping our children healthy.

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