Give a net – save three lives!
It is estimated that there are 250 million cases of malaria every year in sub-Saharan Africa, and nearly 800,000 people, most of them children under the age of five, die. The simple use of mosquito nets can combat this disease with remarkable success, especially when communities are given the appropriate instruction and support. Nets for Life, a partnership program with Episcopal Relief and Development and other organizations, provides mosquito nets to communities across Africa, but the key to their success lies in their emphasis on training and healthcare education in the communities, led by trained volunteers from within the communities and often from within the churches. Nets for Life has distributed almost 8 million nets and trained almost 72,000 volunteers!
During the season of Lent this year, the Student Chapel Committee at EHS is sponsoring a drive to collect funds to contribute mosquito nets through the Nets for Life program. A $12.00 donation will purchase one net, and a single net can save three lives. Students’ donations may be charged to their student accounts by clicking here, or they may make contributions in cash or by charging to their student accounts at the Chapel Committee’s table in the cafeteria on Wednesdays in Lent. Donations in any amount are welcome and will all be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development, designated for the Nets for Life program, after Easter.
This program will end on Maundy Thursday, April 13.