Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Yet Another Way in Which the Young Can Engage in Philanthropy in a Significant Way: Mosquito Netting

We have blogged a couple of times about ways in which young people can contribute to society in Philanthropic ways: piggy bank philanthropy and microloans.  Here is yet another very interesting piece that describes how young people can contribute $10 to charity for the purchase of one mosquito net for a person in malaria-infested parts of Africa.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Exhausted from shopping, he said in a recent interview, he returned alone to their hotel. Idly channel-surfing, he stumbled onto a BBC documentary about malaria in Africa. Imitating a British accent, he said: “Up to 3,000 children die needlessly each day of malaria — and all they need is a net.”

“I thought, ‘That’s a column,’ ” he said. “Sports is nothing but nets — basketball nets, tennis nets, soccer nets, lacrosse nets, jumping the net, cutting down nets, the New Jersey Nets, girls in fishnets, whatever ... .”

Before asking his readers to donate $10 or $20, he searched for an agency to collect the money and buy the nets. He found the United Nations Foundation, which was started in 1998 by Ted Turner. Although it was already sponsoring another campaign, Malaria No More, it agreed to his request that a new group be started with the name Nothing But Nets. “That’s a real title,” Mr. Reilly said. “It’s so simple that even sports fans can get it.”

The foundation put a donation form on its Web site and promised to cover all administrative costs. Within a few days, $1.6 million had flowed in.

For the entire article, see "A $10 Mosquito Net Is Making Charity Cool" in the June 2, 2008, issue of the New York Times.



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