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!
Meet a life you've helped preserve - Princess. Take a 2nd look at her photo...Princess lives at Upper Beccle Street in the Wellington community. She is almost four years old. At this early age, she is very talkative and talks of becoming a lawyer when she grows upPrincess' father has abandoned the home for two years now. The mother is a seamstress / tailor and uses the money derived from her skill to help in providing for the home. Her grandfather is a bike rider (motorcycles are used as a form of public transportation – providing fast access independent of traffic). He is the main provider of the home with monthly income of $70 – which is not enough to cover the basic family needs. They live in a three bed room apartment with running water and electricity. Princess has heard of the horrors of Malaria from the members of her family – who have each earlier contracted the sickness through mosquito bites. She and her family were delighted to receive this simple but effective protection against the killer disease of malaria. Thanks to your generosity, Princess and many, more children, (who are particularly prone of this illness due to lower resistance) will be able to sleep safe and protected from the pesky mosquito bites and the risk of sickness from malaria. By your donation, you have helped to preserve her life from sickness and even death and this is tremendous! You have saved her from becoming one of the unfortunate millions who die every year - lives lost to malaria. Thank you so much for helping to preserve Princess’ life. Now she will grow up to be a true Princess and fulfill her destiny. Tremendous and Effective Way to Save Lives: Giving towards the provision of mosquito nets is an effective way to help combat the spread of malaria and save lives. Study after study confirms this and we have together been able to furnish many families with these nets. Your donation is making a definite difference and positive impact to the lives of families. As you go about your day / week, remember her face and the fact that you have made an indelible difference. By donating to this project - you are doing the greatest good – saving lives from malaria and death! It’s heart-warming to have this opportunity to help preserve a life and destiny. Join us in extending and doing tremendous good. Thanks for your on-going support.
Can I ask you a question? When was the last time you were bitten by a mosquito? Was it painful? Did the bite area sting or itch? Hopefully you did not get sick as a result? And you did not end up spending money to regain your health or lose time because of your illness... During my recent trip to Sierra Leone, I made adequate "anti-malaria plans" and requested a mosquito net even before my arrival. Nevertheless, inevitably, as with almost everybody else, I got bitten a few times while outside in the evening. Fortunately, the exposure was minimal and I did not get sick. While in Freetown, I had the opportunity to chat with a former classmate, who is now a General Practitioner, MD, practicing in Freetown. Out of curiosity, I asked him the following question? What is the number one sickness that you treat - that patients come in with? Without thinking or blinking, he immediately responded: "Malaria". He went on to say that this affects a huge percentage of the population and almost by default, when someone falls ill, he starts by diagnosing for and then treating for malaria. This was sobering to me as I came afresh to understand the widespread nature of this issue - touching millions of lives each year. While there are dismal records on the number of deaths each year, what is undocumented is the finance expenditure for recovery and time lost by the sick person and family members. If researched this would surely value into billions of dollars each year. The last thing that the economies in Africa need is the wasting of resources in this manner. Fortunately, together we are part of the solution - by helping to provide mosquito nets. It’s good to know that we are additionally saving families from unnecessary expenditure and lost time. Today - time is of so much value and our gift of nets - keeps on giving and saving so much time and money. The nets that we provide are consequently very valuable – acting like insurance - providing protection and insulation from waste of resources and time. Thanks for your donations that keep on giving... giving life, protection and time.
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