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It continues to amaze me how often the saying “starving children in Africa” comes up in my household. Not only did my parents talk about it but I have obviously said this many times to my children. And never is this used more than in a period of gluttony such as Thanksgiving. I know gluttony is a strong word but in all reality, it is a day that we Americans have a name for the effect of overstuffing ourselves with food. And further, this season of over-indulging will last for at least another month.
“Why don’t you give that to the starving children in Africa”
The children in Africa are dying of much more than hunger. They’re dropping in droves from Malaria. Malaria kills one child every 45 seconds in Africa. But, in order to fight any problem of this scope, there needs to be massive, concerted efforts to end the dying. The U.N has established Millenium Development Goals for the international organization. One of these 8 goals is to to combat Malaria and other raging diseases including HIV/AIDS.
Mosquito Squad has teamed up with Malaria No More to help save lives in Africa. Although this is a huge problem, this is a disease we can eradicate. The United States was able to successfully eradicate the disease in 1951. It can be done.
Nothing but nets – and you can make a slam dunk.
One of the best ways to treat Malaria is to prevent Malaria in Africa. Disease-carrying mosquitoes bit mostly from dusk until dawn while children and adults sleep. For just $10, you can buy a mosquito net to cover a bed and keep mosquitoes from biting and spreading the disease.
To donate, text SWAT to 85944 or visit our website and make a larger donation.
I grew up Catholic and whether you’re Catholic or not, you’ve probably heard of Lent. Lent is the time of year where Catholics give up something important to them in preparation for commemorating a very important religious event. We’ve probably heard at least one friend say “I’m giving up chocolate for lent” or “I’m giving up sweets for lent”. Somewhere in my childhood I was instructed to give something instead of giving something up. Whether this was giving something huge or giving something small or giving something small on a daily basis, the idea was to recognize our good fortune and be willing to give it away to those less fortunate.
Many of us as we get into holiday season think of giving to a local food bank, or sponsoring a local family, or otherwise sharing our good fortune not only with our families but with those less fortunate. Sometimes it’s easy to identify a way to do this by working with a local agency or perhaps a local group we’re affiliated with has already set this up. But often, the task of figuring out how to donate that money gets in the way of us giving because we don’t know where to look or how to identify that opportunity.
I have a great idea. Did you know that every a child dies every 45 seconds of Malaria and the disease accounts for 20% of all childhood deaths in Africa? That’s 1,920 children each day!! So as of today, there are 28 days until Christmas. That means 53,760 children in Africa will not live until Christmas. I know it sounds like a small thing, but you could make that 53,759 or 53,758. You could help 1 or 2 children live to see Christmas this very year.
All you have to do is text SWAT to 85944 which will initiate a $10 donation to be billed to the caller through your cell phone service provider. Or, to save more children, go to http://30000in30days.com/. For every $10 donation, a mosquito net will be purchased in your name. Before the weekend is over, take time to give $10 or $30 or $50 or $100 to save these children and help them see Christmas this year. It’s almost tax time and you can write off your contribution. Donate now. That’s the real spirit of the season.
Here are 3 staggering statistics:
- According to the World Health Organization, about 3.3 billion people — half of the world’s population — are at risk of malaria, which is spread by mosquitoes.
- Malaria kills one child in Africa every 45 seconds.
- Malaria was eradicated in the United States in 1951.
How can this be? How is it that one country was able to eradicate the disease over a half a century ago but Malaria is gobbling up children at more than one per minute in Africa? This doesn’t even seem possible. From where we sit in our comfortable chairs making our Thanksgiving shopping lists and looking for where we can save so many cents/pound on turkey for Thanksgiving, grand goals like world peace and saving dying children in Africa don’t seem like the thing we can solve. Or at least, we can’t solve them very easily. Many people have dedicated their lives to these causes. Those people live, eat and breathe these causes and yet they still remain problems that seem like they will never be solved.
But, from where we sit in our comfortable chairs clipping coupons, we can dial just a few numbers into our cell phone and donate just $10 to save a child in Africa this Thanksgiving. All you have to do is text SWAT to 85944. You don’t even need to get up from your chair. Just text SWAT to 85944. You’ll receive a confirmation message requesting your confirmation before finalizing your donation.
This is a huge problem where we can donate a little money and make a big difference – saving a child.
Would you spend $10 to save a child?
We’ve all been in this situation. Either we as children or our children leave a large portion of uneaten food on their plates. Then we are some other parental figure tells them “children are dying in Africa”. At some point, the child begins to question whether they could send their food to Africa and wonders why the parent brings up something that truly isn’t feasible.
It’s true. Children are starving in Africa. It’s true. We can’t logistically send them all the food we waste. It’s also true that children are dying in Africa. One child dies in Africa every 45 seconds from Malaria. And, it’s true. For $10, we could save at least one child.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne illness that does not need to be such an epidemic. It was eradicated in the United States in 1951. But in Africa, they don’t have the resources to prevent the mosquito bites from disease-carrying mosquitoes. When we get a bite, we pull out the After Bite or Benedryl or Calamine. We’ve seen the pictures of children in Africa with bugs swarming around them. They don’t have a treatment for the minor itch or swelling. And, often that itch and swelling ends up being a precursor to Malaria.
It’s so easy to just send $10 which will buy a bed net to protect sleeping children in Africa. You can text your donation or donate online. Mosquito Squad has teamed up with Malaria No More to raise $30,000 in 30 days. You can make a difference in the life of that child in Africa.
Donations can be made at www.30000in30Days.com or by texting SWAT to 85944 which will initiate a $10 donation to be billed to the caller through his cell phone service provider
Charity requests are everywhere. Just about every time I go to the local grocery store, they ask if I’d like to donate one dollar for this or $10 for that. I feel so guilty if I don’t contribute. I say “no thank you” with a smile but always feel the clerk is whispering something in their head like “yeah thanks – you had enough money for the BOGO soft drinks but can’t afford $5 for this charity?”
But, like many of us, we want to contribute and help but we quickly realize that we have to make a decision on where to contribute and we need to stick with and hold firm to that decision. Having 3 children and working with children through local associations, I’ve personally decided these 2 things:
- I will concentrate my donations on helping children
- I will donate only to established organizations with established giving rules
Save just one child
In the local not-for-profit athletic association, I am a commissioner. This job takes loads of hours but I continue to commission for one reason – the motto of the head commissioner – “every child we get playing sports in a gym or on a sports field is a kid spends less time getting involved in the wrong places with the wrong people at precisely the most important time – when they’re young“. But the thing my head commissioner says that plays in my mind as I deal with often difficult children is “these kids truly are our future leaders, just waiting to be discovered“.
So although it may seem futile to concentrate on helping or saving one child at a time, it’s not and it’s precisely what we need to do. That child is our future leader, just waiting to be discovered. That child is the future leader of their village. They are the future sage, the future financial contributor, the future parent, the future guider of other children.
It’s interesting that Mosquito Squad has teamed up with an organization that supports my donation strategy and beliefs so perfectly:
- Save 1 child at a time
- A reputable organization
Number 3 is really important. Ten dollars is those 2 twelve-packs of soda. It is that one day this week we take a sandwich from home instead of going out to lunch. It can even be the gas saved in “camping in” one weekend and spending the whole weekend having quality family time. Ten dollars can save at least one child. For every $10 you donate, a net is purchased and delivered to a child in Africa. This net covers the child’s bed to keep Malaria-carrying mosquitoes from biting the child as he/she sleeps. Often more than one child sleeps in one bed or crib so our simple $10 contribution will ensure that a life-saving bed net is delivered to Africa and it will save the lives of future leaders in Africa.
It’s super-easy to contribute. There are two ways. To contribute just $10, simply text SWAT to 85944. You will receive a message that allows you to confirm your contribution. To contribute $10 or more, go to
As I type this message, I am humming Michael Jackson’s tune from We Are The World
We are the World lyrics
There comes a time when we hear a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
and its time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of Gods great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need
We hear the word cancer and we get a shiver down our spine. We find out that a friend or family member has cancer and we tremble knowing there’s a good chance they won’t live. In Africa, this cancer is Malaria. But, unlike cancer, Malaria is preventable and treatable. Then why is it killing so many people? Of the million people in Africa who die of Malaria each year, most of them are small children.
Here in the United States, we eradicated Malaria back in 1951. It’s completely treatable if it’s caught early. But, as we know prevention is the best cure. Malaria is carried by mosquitoes. These mosquitoes feed mostly at night while families and young children sleep. The best way to prevent night-time bites from disease-carrying mosquitoes is to cover the beds with bed nets. These nets are only $10. They could cover a bed where there’s only one infant or there may well be several children in that bed that are then all protected by the bed net.
Mosquito Squad is partnering with Malaria No More to help eradicated Malaria in Africa. We are helping to raise $30,000 in 30 days but we need your help. A bed net that could save one life or a whole family’s life is only $10.
Donate today by texting “SWAT” to 85944. You will receive a text message asking you to confirm your $10 donation.
How could we let a disease that was eradicated in the United States in 1951 kill 2,200 people every day in Africa? Did you know most of these 2,200 daily deaths are children?
Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are most prevalent at night when children sleep. You can make a $10 tax-free donation and you could save a life. Your $10 buys a mosquito net to go over a child’s bed or crib. These nets keep children from night-time bites. The best way to treat Malaria is to prevent Malaria and we have already seen big results. Nine African countries have reduced Malaria deaths by 50%. You can make a difference.
It’s so easy to donate. You can do it using your mobile phone. All you have to do is text “SWAT” to 85944. You will receive a message where you confirm your donation. By texting SWAT, you can save a life in Africa.
Text SWAT today to 85944.
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