Thursday, April 25, 2013

Every Thirty Seconds...

That's how often someone I visit dies. And most of them, they're under the age of 5. By the time you finish reading this I'll have killed more than 2 kids.

Who am I? ask. I'm a mosquito, an agent of poverty—in the preventable disease division.

I'm quite good at it too, if I do say so myself.

Then again, it's not so much that I'm the one killing.

It's what I carry that does the damage.

You people in the good old don't usually have to worry about this.

In your country, I'm just a summertime annoyance. But those 3.3 billion other people living in real poverty around the world? Yeah, they're my targets.

With one bite I can kill. You might doubt my ability to take a life of someone so much larger than myself, but the truth is, in a single year, we mosquitoes can kill 655,000 children with a single bite

Crazy huh?

Malaria. That's the name of my weapon.

Defense is easy, but not easily brought. Most of the people I target can't afford something as simple as a net to cover them while they sleep.

So me and my comrades will just keep spreading this killer....                      ..........................................................................................                                  

Today is World Malaria Day. A day to raise awareness and spur on action for a disease that should not even be killing one child.

Especially when something as simple as a net can protect a family while they sleep.

One net costs $10. That’s it. The truth is, you CAN help. You can make a difference.

Cause honestly...

"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?"
-1 John 3:17 (ESV)

How often do I throw away $10 without even really thinking about it? Something I don’t “need” when I'm at Wal-mart, a coffee here and there, new clothes to add to my already overburdened closet...

We really have it so easy don’t we?

Compassion International has a special fund set up to help those who are at risk of malaria.  To make a difference in the lives of children at risk, visit the Malaria Donation page here.  With the money that is donated to the Malaria fund, Compassion does the following:
  • provide households at risk with treated mosquito nets
  • educate family members on malaria prevention
  • treat children suffering from malaria, chagas disease and dengue fever

  • So today, on World Malaria Day – will you join me in making a difference. While the task seems big – each donation helps…each dollar makes a difference and we need to partner together to make a change!

    I'd encourage you to start by watching this video....

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