NETwork uses a community based approach to protect impoverished Africans from malaria by purchasing malaria mosquito nets. As malaria propagates poverty, our work will allow communities more opportunities to end the cycle of poverty.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Malaria is the leading cause of death among grade school children in rural Uganda. Our goal is to keep children healthy and educate them in school to end the cycle of poverty. The best way to do that is give malaria nets. Children who attend our 52 schools can get malaria 3 times/year. If they survive the infection, they can miss 30+ school days, fall behind, and drop out of school relegating them to a life of poverty. The gift of health and education the best opportunity for our kids' futures.
How will this project solve this problem?
Our organization is unique. It is designed and implemented by Ugandan volunteers and teachers living in the communities we serve. They teach about malaria before, during, and after distributions. This ensures that the nets are used and used properly. It also ensures that the importance of health and education are both incorporated. In the US, we raise awareness about malaria, Ugandan culture. We also emphasize the capacity of youth volunteers to make lasting change.
Potential Long Term Impact
Our nets give recipients health, opportunity for education/investment bettering their futures. We know that the nets are protecting children's health. Teachers report fewer absences due to malaria. We also know that our work is promoting education. Teachers report increased enrollment. Parents enroll their children in our schools hoping that they will receive a malaria net. Nets also allow families to invest in crops/education instead of spending so much of their income on malaria treatment.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,310
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $23,690
Total Funding Goal: $30,000