Provide a mosquito net, save a life from Malaria

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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Happy mosquito net beneficiaries
Happy mosquito net beneficiaries

Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to YOU, the project received $297.77 from 8 donors since our last report and 25 beneficiaries received new insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets.

In the photos you can see some of the kids holding nets and a special Thank You sign for YOU.

"YOUR donations, made this happen!"

According to The Guardian, This mosquito-borne disease (malaria) still claims more than 500,000 lives every year – 90% of them in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly children under five. Not only does this bring a heavy human cost, but a heavy economic cost too. Children miss out on school, parents cannot go to work. As much as 40 per cent of health spending in Africa goes on fighting malaria. All in all, it’s estimated that malaria costs Africa more than $12 billion every year.

Over fifty people from the Upper Mellon and Beccle Street community arrived to receive bed nets at our last distribution. They expressed that, “The increase in the population in the community and poor sanitary measures is causing a lot of breeding sites for mosquitoes, hence the increase in the number of malaria cases not only in our community but also in other areas.”

We were only able to service twenty-five beneficiaries. Those that received bed nets said, "We are confident with the bed nets we are no longer vulnerable to malaria. We will surely enjoy the rainy season sleep. Thank you GlobalGiving".

Because of YOU, children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound. But, hundreds of families are still in need of bed nets in the Wellington community. Each family needs 2-3 nets per household. YOUR continued support will help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today!

Save the Date: On July 15, GlobalGiving will be holding a special matching campaign and we would like to invite you to join our team in spreading the word. For more information, please send an email to Amy - amy@developafrica.org.

Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,
Develop Africa team

Thanks GlobalGiving donors for your donations
Thanks GlobalGiving donors for your donations

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Haja and daughter - mosquito nets = zero malaria
Haja and daughter - mosquito nets = zero malaria

Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to YOU, the project received $120 from 6 donors since our last report and 12 new insecticide-treated mosquito nets were distributed to project beneficiaries. In the photo below you can see some of the kids holding nets and a special Thank You photo for YOU.

"YOUR donations, made this happen!"

According to The Guardian, This mosquito-borne disease (malaria) still claims more than 500,000 lives every year – 90% of them in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly children under five. Not only does this bring a heavy human cost, but a heavy economic cost too. Children miss out on school, parents cannot go to work. As much as 40 per cent of health spending in Africa goes on fighting malaria. All in all, it’s estimated that malaria costs Africa more than $12 billion every year.

Meet Haja and Kadima - recent mosquito net recipients (see video).  Haja and Kadima live in a family house at Mellon Street in the Wellington community.  Haja is the mother of Kadima. They were in need of bed nets for a long time. Now, because of YOUR help, they are very happy recipients and will sleep better knowing they are protected against mosquito bites and malaria.

In the video, Haja (Kadima’s mother), introduces herself and extends her appreciation for the mosquito bed nets that they have received. She explains that previously Kadima was getting sick with malaria. Now, with the bed nets, she is no longer getting sick. They are no longer being bothered by mosquitoes and malaria.

Haja expressed her gratitude by saying, “I really, really appreciate. Thank you!”

Because of YOU, children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound. But, hundreds of families are still in need of bed nets in the Wellington community. Each family needs 2-3 nets per household. YOUR continued support will help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today!

On May 13th at 9AM EDT - Give and get matched on GlobalGiving BONUS DAY as a great way to make your donations go even further. All donations up to $1,000 per donor per project are matched on May 13th until matching funds run out on that day.

Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

All smiles - nets save lives
All smiles - nets save lives

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Kadima and Haja
Kadima and Haja

Dear Project Supporters,

Because of YOU, well over 70 project beneficiaries received new insecticide-treated mosquito nets to fight against malaria in Sierra Leone since our last report.

Over the past 9 months or so, a lot of effort and focus has been placed on addressing the Ebola epidemic.  This has diverted efforts to control malaria in the region. Because some of the symptoms of both diseases (such as fever) are similar, many infected people have been misdiagnosed. Their deaths could have been prevented had they taken the simple precaution provided by the use of bed nets.

According to MSF, "More than 3,000 deaths and 10,000 cases suggest it is Ebola, but the right answer is malaria.   In 2013, there were more than 1.7 million cases of malaria in Sierra Leone, a small country in West Africa with a population of six million. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4,326 people died of the disease (malaria) that year.

Meet Kadima and Haja - recent mosquito net recipients (pictured).  Haja and Kadima live in a family house at Mellon Street in the Wellington community.  Haja is the mother of Kadima. They had been yearning for a bed net for a long time. They were very happy to receive bed nets to help them sleep better - and be protected against mosquito bites and malaria.  Your support made this possible.

Haja asked us to pass on her gratitude to YOU for the very welcome and timely gift. She said - “I have been worried about my child’s health due to mosquito bites - especially so in this Ebola crisis. That stress has been lifted due to the provision of bed nets. I really want to thank you.” She further said "sleep has been different now for me and my daughter".

Thanks to YOU, many of the under-5 year old children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound.

However, hundreds of families are still at risk sleeping with no nets or with damaged nets in the Wellington community. We need to provide each family with 2-3 nets. Your continued support will help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today!  Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

Family bed net recipients
Family bed net recipients
Hundreds more need bed nets
Hundreds more need bed nets

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Biggest Killers
Biggest Killers

Did you know that mosquitoes are more than just a pest?  

You probably know that far too many people die from malaria each year. Did you also know that it by far is the "biggest killer".  The included photo (Credit WHO, etc) helps us visualize the magnitude of this silent killer.  Malaria is responsible for over 700,000 deaths annually, year after year.  That is huge.  Clearly, this is an area that merits serious attention and action.

This is why Mariama, one of our beneficiaries was happy to receive a treated mosquito bed net.  Mariama lives in an area where drainage is very poor. As a result there are a lot of mosquitoes in her community. She has been complaining of very long nights with little sleep - due to mosquito bites.  

Receiving the bed net that you provided brought smiles to Mariama's face - because now she knows her sleep will be sweet. She now know she is safe frm pesky bites and malaria.  She is very grateful for the net and extends her appreciation to YOU!  Currently Mariama is awaiting the return of normalcy so she can retake the WAEC African Secondary School Certificate Examination. 

Your support enables us to continue to bring sound sleep, safety and the gift of a normal, long life to hundreds of beneficiaries in Sierra Leone.  Thanks to YOU, we are continue to provide this life-preserving resource.  Simple and effective.  

Thanks so much for helping us making malaria history in one more life. Mariama's.

Mariama with new mosquito net - no more malaria
Mariama with new mosquito net - no more malaria

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Sad Ruguiatu scratches away at mosquito bite area
Sad Ruguiatu scratches away at mosquito bite area

Have you ever been bitten by mosquitoes? They can be very irritating as you can see from this video - Rugiatu's experience.

The bite area itches terribly – making you miserable and unhappy.  I have seen people, in an effort to find relief, almost uncontrollably scratch this area with their finger nails until it results in bleeding. Not good.  Not to talk about the ever-present threat on contracting malaria.

In Sierra Leone right now, everyone is more eager than ever to stay well.  The one good outcome from this Ebola outbreak is that people are more health-conscious than ever before.

The assistance that we are together providing is so very appreciated - at this time -  as it helps people stay well - free from malaria.  

In the video, you can see Rugiatu's joy as she receives the new net that YOU helped provide.  She is now safe from irritating mosquito bites, thanks to her new mosquito net.

Health is wellness and happiness.  Happiness is Zero mosquito bites.  You have made Rugiatu happy and she can now play and have fun with her friends.

Happy Rugiatu playing with her friends
Happy Rugiatu playing with her friends

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
$22,140 raised of $40,000 goal
 
333 donations
$17,860 to go
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