According to USAID.gov, Malawi is one of the 20 poorest countries in the world. Almost half of the population subsists on less than a dollar a day, and the life expectancy is only 40 years, because of disease and malnutrition. In Chapita Village, Malawi, about half of the deaths of children under age five are due to malaria. Because of the extreme poverty of this area, even the simplest of preventatives and treatments are unavailable to most people. The World Health Organization estimates that a child dies of malaria every 30 seconds in Africa.
LifeNets has been working to help the community of Chapita Village through the LifeNets Orphan Care Centre. One of the most beneficial projects has been supplying insecticide-treated mosquito nets–one of the World Health Organization’s highly-recommended preventive strategies. This project has been ongoing since 2007. Since the nets have been distributed not one child in this program has died of malaria.
The nets that have been crucial to this operation cost about $5 each. Saving even one child’s life is of inestimable value. Donors like you give children the chance to thrive even in the midst of a country filled with hardship.