Last Rotary year, we successfully completed a District Grant for mosquito nets for some orphans at Malaika Orphans Children's Foundation in Uganda. We had hoped to purchase nets for all 216 children at the orphanage. However, at a cost of $10 USD each, we were only able to provide nets for 150 orphans and none of the staff who sleep at the orphanage. The treated mosquito net forms a protective barrier around people sleeping under them. The insecticide not only kills the mosquitoes, which carry the malaria parasite, and other insects, it also repels mosquitoes, reducing the number that enter the house and attempt to feed on the children.
Malaika Orphanage Children Foundation care for the most vulnerable kids in Uganda , Orphans, Disabled and HIV Infected. Due to rampancy of Malaria, there is need to for mosquito nets to prevent spread of disease.
Arlington Sunset Rotary Club members are in direct contact with members of the Rotary Club of Bwebajja in Uganda to supervise the project on their behalf. The Club in Uganda will purchase the mosquito nets and distribute them to the beneficiaries who are the Orphans of Malaika Orphanage Children Foundation in Kampala, Uganda. The project timeline will be 6 months.
In addition, many of the orphans do not have shoes or backpacks, which are required for school attendance. Several of our individual club members sponsor a child at the orphanage by paying their tuition and school fees each month at the cost of $50 per child, per month. Most of the orphans do not have a sponsor, and therefore do not have necessary attire or supplies to be able to attend school. By providing shoes and backpacks, we can enable more orphans to go to school regularly.
After the purchase of the mosquito nets, the Rotary Club of Bwebajja will distribute the nets to the children and thereafter submit a report to Arlington Sunset Rotary, pictures and receipts will be included. At least one of our members will travel at his/her own expense to Uganda to purchase the shoes and backpacks in Uganda and distribute them personally to the children.
The result of this money will help keep the children healthy and enable them to attend school to continue their education. It must be noted that several of the orphans at Malaika are under the age of 14, and came to Malaika within the past year pregnant or with a newborn. The staff cares for these young mothers and their child, enrolling the mothers in school.