Warm rays of sunlight were streaming in as my little guy and painted our masterpieces on the kitchen floor, when he exclaimed, ‘Momma! Look, a grasshopper!’
Of course, I frantically looked up from my painting only to find a tiny little ant who had made himself at home in ours. And so begins our summer ritual of trying to keep the ants out.
They aren’t biting ants. They are just bitty things that skeeve me out but don’t pose any danger to my family. And even if they did, we have ample resources to make sure they stay out of our home.
Unfortunately, though, not everyone has the same access to those kinds of resources.
I’m typing as both of my littles are sleeping soundly. I have no worries about whether or not a diseased bug will infect them. If I wasn’t currently researching malaria, the thought wouldn’t even cross my mind.
But for a moment, let’s imagine laying our sweet precious babies down for the night and not knowing if a tiny insect is going to come in and infect them with a potentially deadly disease.
For a moment, let’s place ourselves in those momma’s shoes, who don’t have the resources to protect their babies from a completely preventable disease.
All that they would need to make sure those sweet children (and themselves) are safe from malaria for the night is a mosquito net.
You see, while malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, it isn’t always treated in time and these children in impoverished areas don’t always have the best immune system to fight it.
Common symptoms of malaria are:
- Nausea and vomiting.
Yuck, right? No parent wants to see their children sick with any of that.
All they need is a mosquito net to help facts like these can go away:
Every 60 seconds a child dies from Malaria.
In 2012, an estimated 627,000 people died of malaria—most were young children in sub-Saharan Africa. – CDC
Half the world’s population is at risk for malaria. (3.2 BILLION!) – WHO
This Saturday, April 25, is World Malaria Day.
And World Help is asking that each of us donate $25, the cost of 1 mosquito net, to help protect those at risk for malaria.
Won’t you join me in loving these people well by purchasing a much-needed resource for them?
And if you aren’t able to donate, would you mind sharing about World Malaria Day with your friends and family? Just click on one of the social media buttons below.
Go love well.
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