By Rachel Landman As World Malaria Day approaches on April 25, I have been reflecting on how much I have learned and accomplished as a Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets Malaria Fellow over the past three semesters. Nothing But Nets is a global grassroots campaign that raises money to send mosquito nets to Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent malaria. I had firsthand experience while studying in Kenya and Tanzania during the fall of 2013 where I slept safely under a net protected from the deadly bite of a mosquito each night, but helplessly witnessed my local friends suffering from malaria. But prior to the fellowship, I had heard of Nothing But Nets, but did not truly understand the vast prevalence of malaria worldwide, or what I could do once I returned to the United States. My biggest challenge has been to spread my passion for the work of Nothing But Nets to students at Hamilton College, where I am a senior. I have recruited others on my campus by sharing the fact that malaria eradication is an achievable goal that we can see in our lifetime. Nothing But Nets and similar organizations have made impressive strides by providing over 7 millions nets to families in Africa and decreasing malaria deaths by 50%. At Hamilton College, we also accomplished a great deal by creating a partnership between the Hamilton College Global Health Organization and Nothing But Nets in early 2014. Our two annual, jointly-sponsored 3v3 basketball tournaments have raised over $3,500 and engaged over 200 students, faculty and staff. In addition to successfully fundraising, these events also helped spread awareness about the fight to eradicate malaria. Additionally, we have branched outside of Hamilton in advocating to our members of Congress through advocacy cards, conference calls and in-district meetings.
September 29, 2022
The following blog post is adapted from a prayer shared by Legislative Assistant Rachel Klein at the #1YearAfterDelRio March and Vigil for Haitian Migrants and Asylum Seekers on September 23, 2022.