Project #6826

Protect 32,000 school children from Malaria

by NETwork Against Malaria
I was in Uganda in 2011 when South Sudan gained its independence.  For weeks preceding their independence day, the Sudanese could be seen packing their belongings, saying their goodbyes, and telling their friends that something good had come out of their suffering—the independent South Sudan they had always dreamed of having. They headed home to be present at the ceremony and build a new South Sudan.  Those who stayed behind celebrated the day of their independence with celebrations that could be heard around Kampala city. 
Two years later, the hope was quashed when a civil war broke out between the president and vice president of Sudan.  People were divided along ethnic lines, and the suffering they had endured to bring about an independent South Sudan was repeated.  Rival troops passed through the villages.  Men and boys did not escape, women and girls bore other scars of war.  By the time, I returned to Uganda in 2014 many South Sudanese had come back and hundreds were arriving each day.  This time as women headed and children headed households.  
Despite everything they have been through, they still have hope.  One of the refugee women, Gloria, brought me baskets and cake.  Please, help her sell these things so that she can pay for her daughter to go to high school.  They hope that South Sudan will stabilize and their children will be the future leaders in the country.  As such, the public schools in Uganda swell with South Sudanese refugees.  Still, there are many barriers for them to attend school—they plant crops on small plots allocated by UNHCR.  They walk for hours to obtain water for their households.  They struggle with hunger.  They are very vulnerable to sickness, especially malaria.  For children who have already overcome so much, seen so much, and will continue to struggle, our goal is to help them stay in school by protecting them against malaria.  Everyone in Katulikire area suffers from malaria almost annually.  Due to malnutrition, stress, conditions in the refugee camp, the refugees are particularly vulnerable to malaria.  By protecting these children against malaria and helping their families, we protect the workforce, financial resources, and help our students so that they may live to see stability in South Sudan and return educated to become future leaders. 
Our goal was to distribute nets on October 15 to the students in the refugee camp, but on September 15, we did not have adequate funding.  We issued a plea for help to protect the first 2,000 refugee students.  We received an outpouring of support from across the country, particularly from Charlie Johnson and the followers of his blog.  Because of this support, we not only covered the first 2,000 students, we were able to expand our efforts to a second refugee school and distribute nets to 3,965 refugee students at Canrom and Bidong Public schools. 
Thank you again for your generosity.  We could not have done it without you. 


A recipient at Bakhita Primary School May 2015
A recipient at Bakhita Primary School May 2015

The people of Uganda are known for their generosity.  When I was in Uganda, despite their poverty, the villagers were most generous to me.  I was given plots of land, looms of Ugandan fabric, a hand-made dress, skirt, gifts for my family.  I was always a celebrated guest often going to a village home where I would be fed until I was so full I was gagging.  Villagers walked for hours to bring me gifts. These gifts were given from what they did not have.   

Similarly, the Ugandans have been most generous to refugees. It’s now a famous picture.  A three-year-old Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, appears to be sleeping on a beach.  Instead, he has perished in a perilous journey from Syria to Europe.  The picture has caused outrage and provoked an international response.  Long before innocent Aylan washed ashore on a Turkish beach, the Katulikire area welcomed over 12,000 South Sudanese refugees to their community and schools over the past 2 years.  UNICEF estimates 60 to 100 new refugees are arriving in Katulikire every day.  The goings on in South Sudan are similar to those in Syria.  War, rape, slavery, child soliders.  What if Uganda, a country struggling with great poverty of its own, had decided it did not have the resources to allow the most poor and vulnerable, built fences, and closed its borders?  Instead, they were welcomed into Katulikire where they attend the free, public schools.  Attendance is swelling.  Malaria season is coming.  We are trying to help these poor, vulnerable refugees prepare for malaria by continuing our distributions to the approximately 2,000 refugee and Ugandan students at Chanrom/Bidong Primary School, but we do not have enough money. To make this distribution possible, we would require an additional $5,000 USD.  We would appreciate any help. 

The refugees face numerous, seemingly insurmountable problems.  It’s difficult to know where to start. I believe the lowest cost, most effective intervention is working with malaria prevention.  Malaria kills, stifles education, cripples the workforce, and drains financial resources. I could not be more grateful for your generosity to my friends in Uganda.   I know that you have many needs, see many needs and your sacrifice may not be so different from that of my friends in Katulikire who did my hair, hung beads around my neck, prepared a rabbit, scaled trees to pick fruits and watched proudly, joyously, but hungrily as I ate because there was not enough to go around. 

If you are able to help us protect the children of Chanrom/Bidong Primary School, $5 purchases a net for a student.  We have funding for about the first 1000 students. We could not be more grateful for any help supporting the next 1000 students.


St. Bakhita Primary School
St. Bakhita Primary School

In 2011, I was in Uganda when South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation. The Sudanese who had fled to Uganda as refugees celebrated in the streets and excitedly explained their plans to return home. I don’t think that anyone anticipated how much pain this young nation would have already experienced less than 5 years later. Returning to Uganda in 2014, I had the privilege of living among the Ugandans of Katulikire and the refugees they hosted from several surrounding countries including South Sudan. Tens of thousands of Southern Sudanese had fled to Uganda in the past year. Thousands have resettled in the Kiryandongo refugee camp just down the road from NETwork’s home base in Katulikire. Meeting these refugees, the women and children told stories of profound violence and great suffering: rape, starvation, murder, mutilation. In Uganda, they are safe from the battling armies, but they experience all the problems surrounding those who are relegated to great poverty. These people who have escaped unimaginable suffering arrive particularly vulnerable to sickness, especially malaria. The Southern Sudanese refugees arrive in Uganda with hope. Their children have enrolled in local public schools in numbers which have surpassed their capacity. We are working to protect every single one of these children who have already overcome so much against malaria. Now that they are safe and are attempting to achieve an education, we want to help them by protecting them against malaria. With your support, we have already covered 2 schools, but we are currently working to protect an additional 2,000+ students against malaria.


Sr. Camilla with her students
Sr. Camilla with her students
Sr. Camilla believes that she is changing the future of Uganda.  We do too.  Sr. Camilla has dreamed of helping educate the future of Uganda.  She knows this will prevent future women from undergoing the difficulties that she has undergone.  In the early 2000s, Sr. Camilla worked in Northern Uganda.  The Lord’s Resistance Army was active in abducting children.  The fear that they promoted inhibited people from farming which led to no crops and widespread hunger.  Sr. Camilla was not afraid.  She started her own garden on a plot of land and used the food to feed homeless and displaced children.  She denounced the actions of the LRA.  Knowing that she was not afraid of them, the LRA abducted Sr. Camilla hoping to scare her away from serving the children.   After some time in captivity, Sr. Camilla escaped.  She wanted to promote education in Uganda knowing that knowledge protects against the ideas spread by the LRA. 
Sr. Camilla always desired to build a school for children affected by the LRA.  She has achieved this goal.  She built St. Monica’s School which serves the children of those displaced by the LRA.  St. Monica’s has grown to include children through third grade and is expanding every year.  It provides a quality education for children who would not otherwise have the opportunity.  Every year, St. Monica’s receives insecticide treated nets from NETwork Against Malaria in order to keep these children healthy and in school.  Thank you for helping with the health and education for the children of St. Monica.  Thank you for making Sr. Camilla’s dream possible.



Tony is a P3 student at Opok Primary School.  He goes to school during the day, and he helps his family around the fields when he is not in school.  Tony is providing a good example for his younger brothers and sisters encouraging them to follow in his footsteps.  His parents are dedicated to keeping him in school even if that means there are less hands in the field with the same number of mouths to feed.  Tony's parents know that his education is key for a better life.

Tony is the future of  Opok.  He has the potential to change his future, elevate his family, and influence the wellbeing of Opok Village.  Thank you for helping Tony.  Tony received a net through NETwork Against Malaria.  He has not since gotten malaria.  Tony's good health is keeping him in school. His strength is improving that of his family.  Please help us continue to help children like Tony including his siblings. 


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NETwork Against Malaria

Location: Belleville, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Margaret McGlynn
Belleville, IL United States
$11,307 raised of $30,000 goal
126 donations
$18,693 to go
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