Project #6826

Protect 32,000 School Children from Malaria

by NETwork Against Malaria
Matina was everywhere. I would go to the health center, and there she was with a sister or a brother to greet me. I would go to the school, and she would be fetching water, and she would come to greet me. I would go to the market, and she would be there. I would walk back home. Of course, there she was. Matina became one of my favorite students. She was always smiling and she was always going out of her way to greet me. The sister told me that she struggles very much in school. Fortunately, she has received one of our nets, and she is using it. She is staying healthy and she is studying hard. I hope that Matina will have the opportunity to stay in school and to go to college. Such opportunities are rare for those in Katulikire, but for someone as personable as Matina I hope that her great personality, and ability to work hard provide her with the opportunity! For now, she is safe from malaria and in a great school. She is one of the best off girls in the village. 


Matina (with hair cut) and Felix
Matina (with hair cut) and Felix



When I visited Katulikire this summer, I met many NETwork beneficiaries including Joshua.  Joshua received a net four years ago when he was a P3 at Diima Primary School. Since then he has slept under his net every night.  Now he sleeps on the family compound in a round house he built himself.  He is the oldest of seven children.

Investing in one child and improving his health, promoting his education, benefits the entire family.  Joshua's ability to stay healthy will help with the family's food production. His ability to remain in school will help his future, the future of his siblings, and the future of his future family.  One net changes many lives. Thank you.


This summer I had the opportunity to visit the homes of prior NETwork beneficiaries. From Brenda’s home you can see the Nile River. Here if flows slow and stagnant pools serve as breeding grounds for the mosquitoes that carry malaria. The land across the river from Brenda has the highest rates of malaria in the country. Brenda has not had malaria since she received her net years ago. The girls in Katulikire are very vulnerable. They lack access to medical treatment. Illness keeps them from school and from working plunging them deeper into poverty and stifling opportunities. Brenda has not been burdened by malaria. Thank you for your generosity. 

Brenda's home by the Nile
Lucy and Scovia
Lucy and Scovia

In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to meet recipients of NETwork Against Malaria's work. Lucy and Scovia welcomed me to their home to show me they still use the nets they received while students at Diima primary school.  They share the mud and concrete roundhouse with a thatched roof.  Lucy received her net in 2013 when she was in P4, our 4th grade.  Now she is in P7. If she completes her studies this year, she will graduate from primary school. This is great achievement for a child in Katulikire.  Scovia also received a net but was unable to enroll in secondary school.  Since receiving nets, neither sister has had malaria.

Thanks to your generosity Lucy, Scovia and every other student in Katulikire has received a net. 


In the summer of 2016, I traveled to Uganda to meet NETwork Against Malaria's recipients. Jasper, now a P6, was proud to show us the net he received years ago and still uses.  His mother, newly widowed, was so glad to meet those who gave him the net, she shared with us bananas and corn.  She works the farm alone while Jasper is in school.  He walks three miles home from school and then spends his evening and nights laboring by her side.

Thank you for supporting our students like Jasper. With your help, NETwork Against Malaria has distributed nets to every grade school in Katulikire. 


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NETwork Against Malaria

Location: Belleville, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lara Gruye
Belleville, IL United States
$11,432 raised of $30,000 goal
127 donations
$18,568 to go
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