Innovative ways the youths can fight against Malaria in Wakitaka - a discussion

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Many families have been affected by Malaria and HIV/Aids in Wakitaka. Having discussed the problem of Malaria, the youths are eager to get involved in fighting Malaria in their community.

Some few families consider buying a mosquito net for a mother who is pregnant. But after giving birth, the families rarely consider buying one for the children. Many parents use mosquito nets while their children do not. A net costs about 4$ sometimes 5$ and very few families in Wakitaka are using any measure to prevent Malaria.

In Uganda, malaria is the leading cause of mortality. It is endemic in 95% of the country, and forms 30-50% of the outpatient department attendance, 20% of in-patient admissions, and 9-14% of the deaths of admitted cases. (http://allafrica.com/stories/200811240746.html)

Malaria impacts negatively on the impoverished society where an estimated 25% of household income is spent treating the disease. That’s the kind of situation in most of our rural communities including Wakitaka. The little savings by families end up being spent on treatment for malaria.

Wakitaka youths would like to take part in the fight against malaria starting with their community but would wish Neighbors to help find ways in which the youths can get involved in the wipe malaria out of Wakitaka community.

The youths are not so much concerned about having bed-nets themselves, but would like to help especially the kids in Wakitaka. Find ways how the youths could get involved. Any educational resources, ideas where to get cheap bed-nets, community awareness campaign ideas, etc are welcome.

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Also, Maria, the recipients needs to learn how to use the nets lower to the ground so that they 'stretch out' and can cover 2-3 children at once. has Emma found the place Eddy talks about? If so, 50 nets would only cost $125 - perhaps someone could donate-

--
Ginger :)

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Hi Ginger,

I followed your discussion with others on the same issue. Posted this to Jinja Central that is looking as well to fundraise the nets. We can find out from Eddy where the place is, and yes Ginger, totally agree on appropriate training to best use them.

Hi guys,

Just came across this discussion, since we also discussed how to get Malaria nets for Wakitaka. I agree that we would be much more effective if all interested Ugandan villages team up and we try to fundraise for several villages.
25 April is World Malaria Day - maybe we could try to organise a big fundraiser on facebook, twitter, and via our private contacts in the run-up to this date. It´s the first time I would do such a thing, but if there are some people who would like to join to work out a strategy on how to fundraise say 1000 mosquito nets until 25 April, I would be happy to come up with some ideas. Searching the internet, there are so many charities that do this kind of fundraising through social media, why not Nabuur as an organisation rather than each village.

What do you think?
Maria

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Hi Maria

Barb Briggs did some fundraising via Twitter for Kabondo village last year, Jennifer was involved too. They were raising money for micro loans for women, and linked the campaign with Valentine's Day. They put in a lot of work and from memory I think they raised about US$500.

Barb wrote about their experiences at http://my.socialactions.com/profiles/blogs/lessons-learned-using-twitter...

Mary

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I would be very happy to be part of the discussion if given the chance Ema has my e-mail

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Dear all,

Thanks for being motivated for this project. Mary, thanks for the link, very interesting, and we probably should talk to Barb before starting (could you send me her email?)

I brainstormed some ideas, and please feel free to comment and add anything I might have missed. I have also put some questions.

The idea is to do a social media fundraiser in the run-up to World Malaria Day on 25 April. The aim is getting 1000 nets between 1st and 25th April (?is this feasible?). I think 48h as most people do is very short and intense.

Channels for funding:
- have a fundraising page with a donation button (via paypal) and information about the project, Nabuur and the beneficiary villages: Could we use the Nabuur blog, or should we create our own site (for example on www.firstgiving.com)?
- raise awareness and guide pepole to the fundraising page through
- facebook cause
- twitter - TweetaNet (?)
- email
- cause.org

What needs to be done:
- write half a page about the purpose of this fundraiser and who will benefit
- consult with LR and see which villages would be interested in participating
- present villages with their story, pictures on the website
- if possible have a village that makes a short video about the insufficient malaria protection in the village
- set up a paypal account - could we use Nabuur? will post to the social media group
- lots of people to twitter, post news and mobilise their private contacts between 1st and 25th April.

Maybe we could have a chat all together next week-end (not this one) or so.

These are my first ideas so far. Happy to get your input.

Have a good day,
Maria

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Computer idiot question - are we able to add a paypal button on our facebook page - or do we have to steer people to another site, like first giving???
I just don't know technically how this works. And, I think for the first time this should stay in the Jinja village area, which is where we all work and where they can buy the $2.50 nets and can distribute them relatively easily. If this is opened up to ALL of Nabuur villages - you will need a good 100-500,000 nets, which is impossible.!! Yes, 1,000 nets for $2.50 each is feasible - any more than that I doubt. So we have to be careful that villagers only get nets for the very young and pregnant women - not everyone in the village. (much as we'd love to!)
--
Ginger :)

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HI Ginger,

I totally agree - I meant the villages around Jinja (Emmanuel, Paul which villages are these in addition to yours?)
And, yes I think I can add a paypal donations button, the only question is to wich accoun the money goes - a personal account or Nabuur account.

Maria

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HI Maria

I will put you in touch with Barb.

A few thoughts - these are intended to be constructive comments, not me saying "don't do it", as I think its a good idea if it can be made to work!

I suspect that finding a good place to fundraise will be one of the biggest challenges.

Kabondo used GiveMeaning, but that does not work well any more as you have to be linked with a Canadian non-profit which commits to monitor the project. There are other online fundraising options e.g. BetterPlace but on there you have to raise the full amount of money requested within six months or they won't let you have it. Others require organisations to be checked as genuine first (which takes time), or only allow registered US/European orgs to register.

1% Club (which has been used successfully by Esther for Kisozi) are launching an English-language website very soon http://www.1procentclub.nl/english so that could be another option although I have no idea whether the organisation involved has to be registered in Holland or whether one of the Ugandan groups could directly register a project. Esther or Pelle may know more about this.

In the past Nabuur as an organisation has not wanted to get involved in direct fundraising for projects. I do not know whether this is actually part of the rules it operates by - Siegfried could clarify that.

If doing it via Paypal to a personal account, am not sure how willing people who do not know you would be to donate, as there is no guarantee that the money will go to the correct place. I don't doubt your honesty, but I would have a similar reaction if I came across such a campaign online without knowing any background! You would certainly need very clear information on which organisations were coordinating the distribution of the nets in Uganda, proof that they are officially registered etc.

Others may disagree, but I wonder if aiming for 1000 nets ($2500) is too much - whether it would be better to start with e.g. 50 or 100 nets then if this is successful, encouraging people to continue to donate to get more. It gives you a relatively small target to build from, and assuming things start off well, lets people see that something has been achieved.

Am curious why this one person in JInja is able to sell nets for $2.50 when they seem to be more than that elsewhere (according to posts on Nabuur). Am hoping that they are properly treated with insecticide. And that he got them from a legitimat source, have heard stories of nets that were intended for free distributions ending up being sold... Assuming they are OK, does he have a regular supply i.e. if you succeed in fundraising would he be able to supply that many nets relatively quickly?

Mary

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Thanks Mary for these very useful comments. Indeed the reliability and the place where people donate is very important, that´s why I proposed to do it as Nabuur and not as single organisation, but obviously we will have to check this with others before.
One example of a fundraising page is for example http://www.concern.net/twestival - I think we could do something similar (using for example the Wakitaka blog we have already), since it seems impossible to get through Givemeaning. Maybe Betterplace is an option - will check itm since we would only use it a month or several months.

So far fo now,
Maria

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Hi Everyone;

I just wanted to say that this sounds like a great idea - I hope it works out well! In Kawempe we have set up a page for online donations at betterplace.org and so far it seems to be very good. The benefits are that anyone can sign up, you don't have to be registered anywhere, and they do not take any percentage of your money - they send you 100% of your donations. I know a couple of other villages are using it too, and you can also create fundraising teams for certain projects. So, I would definitely suggest you check it out, and I wish you all the best with your project.

Kind Regards;
Cathy.

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Thanks Cathy,
Excellent idea. Emmanuel had already created an account on Betterplace and I updated it now a bit. Have a look http://www.betterplace.org/projects/3326-help-the-youth-of-wakitaka-to-h... (and please become an advocate or supporter!)

As for the fundraiser - Betterplace allows to register as a team and support a common project. I think we can register the Malaria Net funraising as a team and feature there the different villages that will benefit from it. This page could then be linked to facebook, twitter etc. At the same time I tried to establish a donate button with paypal, and succeeded, yippih. Have a look at our blog now www.wakitakayouths.wordpress.com. So this is a second channel for funds that could for other villages as well.
Social network twittering only works if there is a small crowd that can mobilise its contacts, so we need more people. Emmanuel is already in contact with Paul now, and I will see through the Local Rep Village which other village would be interested - I actually think that we are most credible if we appear as a UN online volunteer team that supports several projects on Nabuur (and people can see that Nabuur is a recognized NGO). Of course we also have to prepare to be able to show CBO registrations etc of the villages, to be credible (a tipp from Jennifer and Barb).

Could somebody write a small text (2000 characters) about the fundraising idea (using the power of social networks), the importance of malaria nets and World Malaria Day? This text would the appear at the BetterPlace Team project and also be sent to our contacts. (I will register us there).

Let´s try the best, and start the whole thing by 1st April at the latest.

Maria

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Hi Maria

It looks as though it is possible to add a Betterplace widget to the WYDG website. See info at http://blog.betterplace.org/en/2009/07/06/window-on-the-world-the-better...

As you can see from the picture on there, the widget gives people direct access to the project page on Betterplace.

I don't see the 'spread the project' link, only a more general 'spread the word' one - it may be that only the person who sets up the project gets it. Hopefully you or Emmanuel do see it, so can get the code to put into the blog.

If someone knows how, it may also be possible to add it to the WYDG Facebook page, and here on Nabuur too - there is a 1% club one on the Kisozi village page, so this suggests it should be possible. May need to ask Pelle how to do it.

If all this works, it will be a good idea to pass onto everyone else with a project on Betterplace, but seems to make sense for one village to try it first!

Your Paypal page is a little confusing to me as its all in French!!!!

Mary

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Dear all,

Thank you for your engagement.
Mary, I changed the Paypal donate button - should be in English now (stupid programme...).
As for the Betterplace widget, wordpress and facebook do not support such widgets, which is a real pitty. To add it to the Nabuur page, I have to ask Pelle (he did it for Kisozi).

Joanne, I checked the "click and donate" options, and to me it seems as this only works if you are associated with a firm that funds your organisation or project. For example: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/ One cannot simply register a project. But if anybody finds different information, please share this with us, because it´s true every penny counts.

Stanley, the sustainability of such a project is a serious issue, and truely we will only be able to get some nets for some villages that won´t be enough by large. But it´s a start, and once a such a project has been successful, it might become more trustworthy for donors. By the way, how and where are these nets actually made in Uganda, or are they all imported?

best,
Maria

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As far as i am concerned, there is no place in Uganda involved in making mosquito nets or materials for making nets. I stand to be informed.

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Stanley Okurut

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Hi Maria

Thanks, the Paypal screen makes much more sense to me now (am I the only person on Nabuur who does not speak several languages!!!).

That is a pain about not being able to use the widget, I guess every website has its limitations.....

Mary

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