Fear of tomorrow, while trying to live for today….
Sickness. Death. Suffering.
For many in Africa, they don’t have to imagine. That is how they live.
Today the needs are many – food, shelter, clean water, sanitation, orphans, funerals to pay for… and tomorrow who knows what it will hold!
Sometimes I close my eyes and put myself in the shoes of a woman in Africa. Every time tears begin to well. I am saddened by their hard plight, the lack of opportunity – but amazed
at their strength, resilience, their faith that tomorrow may be different.
I will never forget when my eyes were first opened to death on one of my first trips to Malawi 10 years ago. I was trying to hold a meeting, but many didn’t come – they were at
a funeral. I couldn’t get my work done. It was frustrating. So I decided to sit and talk, to ask about the funerals – how many they go to, what people are dying of, the debt it leaves them
in, the orphans, the child-less parents…. I was expecting them to tell me it was Aids killing them.
But they didn’t. They said Malaria. [slideshow 2] [slide title=””][/slide] [slide title=””][/slide] [/slideshow]
Its true – every 30 seconds a child dies round the world of malaria; that is not even including
the adults!! Sub-Sahara Africa carries the brunt of this. Of course it is exacerbated by hunger,
by aids, by sickness, disease, lack of medicine, but quite simply lack of prevention….
So what is the next logical question? How can we help?!!
With $10. That is the answer. That is how we can help.
A treated mosquito net is the single most effective way to stop the spread of malaria, one
family at a time.
Some time ago my husband was in Malawi, at the funeral of an 8 month old, who was the
2nd child in the family to die from malaria. The grieving father’s plea to him: “…Please,
help us. Now my 2nd child is dead…We need nets…!”. Amazingly their only surviving child
had not caught malaria – but she slept under a net.
So our aim? To get a net into as many African homes as possible in Malawi and Zambia
where we have been working for the past 10 years, then hopefully beyond…. We have Every
Home workers in 30 African countries – all in the same situation, all in need of nets.
Why should people suffer from something that is so preventable? They don’t have to. [dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]e can change that.
We can do something.
So for $10 – why not?
Amidst all the craziness of how we spend money, know that for $10 you have made a
difference in the life of a family in Africa.
That is a gift worth giving!