Norfolk church plea to help it fight malaria
2009: A West Norfolk church has issued a plea to help it make and distribute 3,000 mosquito nets to prevent hundreds of deaths in East Africa.
Downham Market Christian Fellowship Pastor, David Bizley, explained, “Members of our congregation have been touched recently by the fact that over a million people, most of them children in Africa, die every year from malaria. These deaths could largely be prevented simply through the provision of mosquito nets.
“We have, therefore, decided to provide as many nets as we can to East Africa, an area particularly badly affected where we have links with churches. We have found out that, rather than purchasing the nets ready-made, we can supply three times as many by buying the material and setting up work projects in Kenya where they can be made. This will have the added benefit of creating employment for some of the poorest members of Kenyan society. Our initial aim is to provide 3,000 nets, at a cost of around £10,000.
“We will also look to provide retreatment for existing nets where the mosquito repellent has been washed off or become ineffective.
“We desperately need sewing machines for the Kenyans to use. Electric ones are fine, as Kenya has the same voltage as us. We also need financial help, to buy the material, pay the workers and to fund the retreatment of existing nets.
Finally, we are looking to set up a nursery in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to enable parents to go out to work while their children are cared for in a safe environment. We would be very pleased to receive any toys in good condition to assist us in getting this off to a good start.
We would be so grateful for any help that anyone can give.”
If you think that you could help by giving sewing machines, toys or financially, or to find out more about the project, please contact David Bizley (pictured above) on (01366) 384474 or 386787, or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org.