June is the beginning of the rainy season in the Ouelessebougou area, which means mosquitoes are on the horizon. This year the Alliance has provided more than 600 nets—thanks to your support! Hundreds of villagers continue to request nets from our Mali staff as they know that net usage is the only way to prevent them from contracting malaria—Africa’s most life-threatening disease. At just $6.50 per net (and a $1 contribution from the villager), even a small donation can have a significant impact on village families. One net protects a mother and her three children as they sleep together on a cot in their mud hut, so $7.50 goes a long way! We anticipate an increased need for nets over the next few months and hope to provide them for all those that don’t currently have access to one in 24 villages.
Dear Global Givers,
The holiday season is a time to give thanks for all that we have . . . and a time to give help to those who are less fortunate than we are.
While we enjoy our holiday feasts, rural Malians fight against disease, poverty, illiteracy, and long odds to prosper or even to survive. According to UNICEF, one in every 5 Malian children does not live to see his or her fifth birthday, and only approximately 20% of those who make it to adulthood can write their own names. In this time of giving, we must look to the less fortunate and help them to overcome their arduous struggle.
The Ouelessebougou Alliance’s programs are grass-roots movements that instigate social change, sustainable development and greatly increased education, as well as significant improvements in health and sanitation. Thanks to generous contributors like you, nearly 95% of the children in Ouelessebougou villages are vaccinated – twice the rate in the rest of the country; girls’ enrollment in village schools where the Alliance works is 21% higher than national girls’ school enrollment in Mali, thanks to Alliance workers talking to parents about the importance of educating girls and increasing the availability of education in the area; and the Alliance provides business training and the capital for micro-loans that allow villagers to become entrepreneurs. Your donation helps us continue to provide these life-changing tools in one of the worlds most impoverished rural regions, providing not only fish for a day, but also the education and training to fish for a lifetime.
Spread a little holiday cheer to Mali.
Best wishes in the holiday season and the New Year!
We have just finished successfully distributing more than 600 mosquito nets in Mali, and people in several villages are asking for more. We do not give them away for free, but ask for a small fee ($1 USD), in order for the people to know the value of the nets. Still, our field director in Mali tells us the people of the Ouelesseboug region are asking for 600 more net.
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Thanks to your support, the Alliance was able to distribute 627 nets to families in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali.
The Alliance provides mosquito netting at a subsidized cost to village families to prevent the contraction of malaria. Since 2004 the Alliance has distributed over 5,000 nets, but the malaria epidemic continues to rage and threaten the health and economic well-being of the villagers who are not protected by nets.
This year’s Mosquito Netting Initiative is designed to concentrate administrative health efforts to dispense mosquito netting to every child and their primary caregiver in 24 villages in the Ouelessebougou region.
Training is provided for villagers to help them gain an understanding of the importance of using the net every night (the peak time for mosquito bites) while they sleep during the rainy season (May through September).
Training is also provided on how to keep the net in good repair so it will last the full seven years.
This time of year marks reason for much excitement for villagers in Mali. It's planting time! As they look toward the future and hope for a good harvest, they also look forward to ways that they can protect their children from the ensuing onslaught of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry deadly diseases like malaria and yellow fever. Now is the time for action to stop these pests in their tracks.
Buying a mosquito net for a family is a simple way that you can help villagers focus on the progress that the rainy season can provide. The sooner they receive their nets, the sooner they can rest at ease, knowing they are protected.
Our in-country health coordinator tells us that the demand is always higher than we can provide for. Please help us give the gift of good health to Malian villagers this rainy season!
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