Now’s your chance to make a difference in the battle against malaria, an insidious disease that kills nearly a million people a year—most of them children under the age of 5.
As we approach World Malaria Day on April 25, one of the best ways to pitch in is through the Nothing but Nets (NBN) organization (nothingbutnets.net), the world’s largest grassroots movement fighting malaria. The BSA is a partner along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Basketball Association, and others. For only a $10 donation, NBN can buy an insecticide-treated bed net, deliver it, and educate families about its use.
In more than five years of existence, NBN has raised almost $40 million and sent more than six million nets to 25 African countries. Thousands of Scouts and Scouters have done their part, but few have done more than Scout Nate Stafford (right).
Last year, Nate completed a 100-mile hike to raise $10,000 for the life-saving nets. But the Fayetteville, N.C., native didn’t stop there. He’s visited members of Congress and recently penned an op-ed piece for his hometown newspaper. And this year, he’s encouraging everyone, in and out of Scouting, to fight the good fight by dedicating themselves to NBN’s goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.