Dear friends and supportersIt's a pleasure once again to share a project update - this time in the form of a video. It certainly helps to see and also hear about the impact we are making together. Sometimes, we may be disengaged or not fully grasp the impact of our intervention - providing nets. The video helped me realize again how essential nets are to life and health in Sierra Leone. In the video, Joshua conveys gratitude on behalf of the community (in Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone) and Door of Hope for the provision of insecticide-treated bed nets. He explains that as a result of the provision of hundreds of nets, the children, women and men are no longer under threat from malaria. Thanks to your generosity and that of Develop Africa donors, many lives are now malaria-free. Watch the videoThe linked WHO report confirms that "Mosquito nets have been key to bringing down the death toll from the disease". Global targets for combating the disease are under threat as the rate of increase in funding is leveling off. Given this decline in global support, it's all the more important that we increase our efforts to combat this disease. Let's continue to ensure that many more families are able to live in good health - free from malaria. The nets we provide together will help them live longer by making sure that they are malaria-free. With these nets the beneficiaries can focus their energies and resources on other important issues. We welcome your on-going support that enables the provision of many more nets. Through your special large gift today or by signing up for a recurring donation, we will together do so much more. Thanks for helping to maintain funding for the provision of nets - setting people free from the threat of Malaria!
It's mosquito trivia time and I have 2 important facts for you:1. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth.That's right, more deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet. Mosquitoes may carry any number of deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Mosquitoes also carry heartworm, which can be lethal to your dog. (source - http://insects.about.com/od/flies/a/10-facts-about-mosquitoes.htm)2. Nets Reduce Deaths and Are Very EffectiveInsecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are a form of personal protection that has been shown to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in endemic regions. In community-wide trials in several African settings, ITNs have been shown to reduce the death of children under 5 years from all causes by about 20%. (source -http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/malaria_worldwide/reduction/itn.html)The above 2 facts help to underscore the importance of what we are doing together - saving lives from the deadliest animals on earth by providing treated bed nets. Simple, un-dramatic (no bells, buzz and whistles) but so very effective. Immediate impact. Easy to implement.The photo included shows a group of beneficiaries happily holding the nets that they have received as they know that they are now free from pesky mosquitoes. It's a joy to know we are saving lives from death!We together could do so much more. Could you join us in this endeavor by helping to provide many more nets? Your donation of $30 a month will provide 3 nets each month. Your support is needed and important because it will help eradicate malaria from the lives of individuals and families. Knowing that we can count on your $30 or more each month will provide ongoing progress - helping us to provide for the entire community. Your recurring donations will be a predictable stream of income, making it easier for us to plan financially. Right now is a great time to sign up for a recurring donation as during the month of December, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match on all initial recurring donations up to $100 per donor. Your recurring donation could also help us win a $500 bonus award! You have to sign up now in order for your donation to count during this campaign. Thanks for your supportSign up now - start your recurring donation - helping to provide many more nets!
Light, camera, action! - It's video time and time to hear from none other than our bed net beneficiaries themselves.This report provides a peek into the world of 2 children in Freetown who briefly talk about the difference that the bed nets have made in their lives. Kadiatu firstly, tells us that "the bed net was so important in promoting good health. No more mosquito bites, malaria, skin rash". She also adds, "No more extra spending in my health. The benefits are staying. Healthy sound mind, sound sleep".
Ali, the second beneficiary, tells us that "Without the treated bed nets, I would not be as healthy as I am. Thanks to Develop Africa my mother is now using the proceeds from her business to nourish my body – not to fight malaria."
The video is 2 minutes long and also includes several individual and group photos of other beneficiaries. Click here to watch the video of the bed net beneficiaries.Two key elements to note here:
By providing this simple but effective solution, we are together making a definite difference. Thanks so much for your life-changing and on-going support.
It's with joy that we share another family profile of mosquito net distribution - where we are together saving the world from malaria and death - one family at a time. Musu, Mummy and Abdulai are recipients of the treated bed nets with the aim to combat the spread of malaria. Musu attends the New Hope International primary school and she is in class four. She wants to be a doctor when she grows. Mummy is a mother of five children and the main provider of her home with monthly income of $40 from the cake she sells - which is not enough to cover the basic needs of the home. She is the mother of Musu. They live in a two bed room apartment zinc sheet home with no running water and electricity. Abdulai is a nephew to Mummy and is attending the New Hope preparatory school and is in class one. He wants to be a banker when he grows. They previously did not have nets and could not afford to purchase one.As stated in the article - Mosquito nets or coil: Which is better?, - "The non-availability of insecticide-treated mosquito nets is a major problem. It is presently inaccessible to the common man because of its cost. Considering the economic status of most people in the community, not many people buy it." The article further states - "Insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) have been shown to reduce deaths in children under five years of age by about 20 per cent and malarial illnesses among children under five and pregnant women by up to 50 per cent. The insecticides used to treat the nets have been approved for safety and efficacy by the World Health Organization." It is no wonder that the nets we provide are so warmly received as they are providing an essential, life-preserving life line. Musu, Mummy and Abdulai were delighted to receive the nets and extend their thanks to you - GlobalGiving donors for the provision. Together we are helping to turn back the tide and reduce the numbers dying each year from malaria. Per UNICEF, "Malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. It infects between 350 and 500 million people each year, killing one million, mostly children in Africa. Ninety per cent of malaria deaths occur in Africa, where malaria accounts for about one in five of all childhood deaths. The disease also contributes greatly to anaemia among children — a major cause of poor growth and development." It sure feels good to know that we are together helping to turn back the tide and reduce the numbers dying each year from malaria. Now, thanks to your generosity, Musu Mummy and Abdulai are now exempt and preserved.Your Donations Matched on June 13th: GlobalGiving will be matching donations on June 13th. This is a great time to make a donation as the funds donated will go even further. Upcoming Father's Day Gift Suggestion: In closing, we wanted to let you know of the on-going opportunity to make a donation in honor of the special person in your life. A donation to this project is a fantastic (and easy) gift for Dad on Father’s Day! You can make a donation as a gift to your Dad on this project by selecting the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will then send your Dad or the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical card. GlobalGiving offers several fun card designs and you will have the option of choosing a design customized for this project, using the project’s main photo (this option is available for email and print-at-home cards).Fathers - you can also request this as your Father's day gift!Make your donation in Father's honor and support a great cause today! Thanks again for all you do to provide nets and save lives!
Dear friends-When in school, I learned about Maslow's hierachy of needs. This hierarchy discusses the needs of humans and places them in levels. Safety and Security needs (the 2nd level) include: Personal security, Financial security, Health and well-being, Safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts. Although Maslow's theory has been widely discussed and criticized, it offers a lesson related to this project. As we together focus on contributing to alleviating the situation in Africa, unless the fundamental needs are addressed, African will not be able to focus on the higher issues such as problem-solving, creativity and nation-building. Studies have confirmed that malaria drains resources and destabilizes families. It directly affects the well-being of families because the illness of one person can result in finances spent on recovery, care, lost time and productivity etc.It's great to know that we are together addressing this need - by helping to provide stability in health. Given that malaria is a common sickness in Sierra Leone, this is much bigger that we would realize. We are literally providing a "Safety net" and helping to secure health and well-being. We are laying a foundation and putting in place protection that is enabling families to focus on other areas. We are covering their back and their lives with these nets. This is simple - but priceless.Thanks again from all the recipients for providing this "Safety net"Want to help be a part of making more change happen? A great opportunity is just a couple days away. Starting at 12:00 am EDT on Wednesday March 14th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made through www.globalgiving.org (including this project) up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. This means that your donation of $100 will be supersized and become $130! $1000 will become $1300. This is an amazing opportunity to make your donations go even further and help us do even more. We would so very much appreciate your support - that will provide many more nets to beneficiaries like thse pictured in this report. Thanks for your support. Want an email reminder: simply send us an email at info - at - developafrica.org and we will send you a reminder on March 14th. Thank you change maker!
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