Review: Charities to End Malaria
Charities and Organizations Against Malaria
If you haven’t read it yet, read Malaria 101 on the Average Advocate!
Considering malaria is a pretty big issue and it threatens the lives of many, here is a compilation of organizations to donate to to help end malaria. Because of organizations like these, the awareness of malaria as a problem has gone up almost 50% in the United States in just three years!
I really like the charity, Freedom From Hunger‘s approach of “Micro-finacance to End Malaria” campaign. They give out mirco-loans, one of the best ways to fight poverty. This empowers women to buy their own nets, while providing some health insurance and savings. They prioritize health education so women can prevent, recognize, and spread information on malaria in their communities. Freedom From Hunger has just shy of a four star rating on Charity Navigator. Your donation will also be matched!
Nothing But Nets, is probably the biggest fighter against malaria. Being the campaign of the United Nations to end malaria, their impact is broad and supported by governments. This year they are focusing on bringing nets to the refugees in South Sudan, a nation which is not only a year old but is also carrying the weight of the refugees fleeing from Sudan’s genocidal government and is also fighting a food crisis (read Current Event: The Movie Star, the Nuba Mountains, and a Genocide). Purchasing, delivering, and educating on a net’s proper use costs $10 through Nothing But Nets.
S amaritans Purse- They are a favorite for me, a great Christian organization which does good stuff. I like the fact that their page says that the nets are treated with a “natural insecticide,” something I was concerned about, which I haven’t seen on any organization’s webpage. Like almost everywhere else, they have $10 nets.
Imagine No Malaria is another organization, birthed by the United Methodist Church, doing a lot of cool stuff! For starters, they give 100% of their donations to the cause. The specialize on holistic anti-malaria work, using the networks they already have in different African communities to educate, provide medications and utilize the community to increase prevention. They partner with the UN’s Nothing But Nets and are sponsored by other good backers.
The charity Malaria No More is probably the other largest organization in the battle against malaria. They work all across the board, from advocacy, creating awareness, to anti-malaria programs on the ground. Combined with the Nothing But Nets campaign, their efforts on creating awareness has been one of the major catalysts getting us to pay attention. I also love their combined focus of creating an awareness of extreme poverty, which, along with Malaria, is the issue keeping Africa from successfully thriving. I also like it that they are backed by ONE and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which greatly validates their efforts in my opinion. But they don’t have a Charity Navigator rating, and I found it very difficult to noodle through their financial information.
On the other side of the spectrum is the non-profit NETwork Against Malaria, who looks like a grassroots movement created by five sisters in Illinois who partnered with a Catholic ministry in Uganda. They support various schools, providing students and their families with education and bed nets (at $10 a piece). To date it looks like they have donated between 4000-5000 bed nets. The nice thing about small organizations is that it is easy to ask them questions, reaffirming that your support is worthwhile. You can also easily become personally involved (like starting your own chapter of NETwork). Here is one girl’s story of being involved at her blog. The profits from their $10 Shirts go to support their work in Uganda. On a serious note, I just found them because I liked the design on the back of their t-shirts!
World Vision has multiple funds to donate into to help end malaria, some of them doubling your gift. They are one of my favorites because they share my beliefs, are widely respected as humanitarian organization with a very large/broad reach, and they have a four star rating on Charity Navigator.
Their activism network, World Vision Act:s, has great tools on their Act:s to End Malaria website to empower us to create awareness, fundraise, and provide political pressure to end Malaria. They were actually the ones who inspired these posts on malaria! AND, they are the only ones out there where you can donate nets for $6- donate here!
Other organizations (which might be great, I just didn’t have time to review) are: