We are in the process of creating our budget for the 15-16 program year. Anounou, our Field Director in Mali, sends me the budget for projects in our villages and there is always a side note next to mosquito nets. "*There are never enough nets so how many can we do this year?"
With your help, we can reach MORE than 1,134 families this year. 100% of the money donated through GlobalGiving goes to the specific project request. With each net delivered, a family also receives training on how to properly use the net and follow-up visits to ensure they are using the net.
Please GIVE TODAY to our mosquito net project and help save a child from malaria. Thank you!
Ouelessebougou Alliance is committed to sustainable interventions. Which is why with each net purchased, we provide training on the proper use and care of mosquito nets.
To further strengthen our messages, we incorporate all health initiatives into the local primary school. Here you see a group of young students holding a mosquito net after a lesson on malaria. The reason our programs are successful is because we use every opportunity to reinforce the knowledge we share with villages.
When you donate money for a mosquito net, you are providing individuals with a life-saving device AND the knowledge they need to make positive decisions for the health of their families.
The toll the Ebola outbreak has taken on West African countries is shocking. While the country of Mali hasn't been affected, we are deeply concerned for our neighbors, Guinea and Senegal.
And while this virus rages on, Africans still face the same health challenges that kill so many of them annually. Malaria remains one of the top health issues they face. Mosquito nets are the only method of protection and typically cost between $5 to $10. For those who live in extreme poverty (less than $1 per day) a $10 net seems prohibitive.
The Alliance subsidizes the cost of the net so that villagers only pay $1 for a net that can protect a family of four up to three years.
Thanks for your continued support of this critical initiative. And hopefully there will come a day when we CAN forget about malaria.
Wow! In June, the Ouelessebougou Alliance received a large gift from a local foundation here in Salt Lake City that allows us to reach even more families who need mosquito nets. As we have probably pointed out before, the funds we raise for nets allows us to distribute nets in the 25 villages where we work. BUT, it is a first come, first served process. There is never enough money in our budget to provide new, insecticide treated nets to every family who needs one. This gift will provide an additional 1,700 families with this life-saving tool.
The more families that we can cover, the better off the entire community is. Please continue to support this important initiative. We deliver the nets, train families on the proper usage AND follow up to make sure they are using them!
We are grateful for all our supporters out there...including YOU!
We told you in December that the best time to purchase mosquito nets is during the off-season. We recently returned from Ouelessebougou for our annual visit and our Field Director, Anounou, asked if we could invest in more nets now so that we can distribute even more in the fall.
We know nets are making a difference. We saw nets that we subsidized in village home, local CSCOMS and in the public hospital. We attended a village health training in Farani and the village council members were proud to report that no one had died from malaria during the last year. The success of our programs are the village councils and the trainings they go through to establish goals. The Alliance gives them the tools to reach those goals...and one of our "tools" is educating about malaria and then subsidizing the cost of the nets so that all families can stay safe.
Thanks for your support of this important project and enjoy the photos from our recent visit!
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