Every minute in sub-Saharan Africa, a child dies from malaria, a deadly disease transmitted by a mosquito bite. Just one long-lasting, insecticide-treated net can save three lives from suffering and death. The NetsforLife® Program combats malaria by training community agents to deliver life-saving nets, educating community members about proper net use and maintenance, and providing on-going monitoring and evaluation of net use.
For 2011, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of the Diocese of El Camino Real challenged the Diocese to provide one net from each of its 11,385 communicants. Saint Jude's part toward this challenge was to supply 500 of the $12 nets. Brock Carpenter led this campaign - at the end of 2011, the total was 878 nets donated.
If you would like to participate in NetsforLife®, please leave a check with the church office or contact Brock at 408-203-3416. (If you write a check, please make it out to Episcopal Relief and Development, and write "NetsforLife" on the Memo line. If you make your donation online, let Brock know so he can include your donation in St. Jude's total.)
Prior to Bishop Mary's challenge, St. Jude's parishioners purchased more than 500 life saving anti-malaria nets in 2010. This was in response to an Episcopal Relief and Development challenge to the parish community to learn about NetsforLife® and buy nets for distribution to people in need in Tanzania. Over half of the families in the St. Jude's community contributed to the effort.
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