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JCI France

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THE STORY:

In 2009, as many of you know, I spent 7 months in Senegal, working for the NGO Tostan. During my stay, I lived with a little girl named Fatou. She was the daughter of our guard, Daouda, but she was an integral part of our household, filling its walls with laughter. Some nights she slept inside, but she prefered to sleep outside in the evening, while her dad sat chatting with friends. In early November she didn't seem herself; she was slow, less animated. I left for a week, and when I came back I was crushed to learn that she had succumbed to yellow fever. She had been diagnosed too late, and the sickness had overcome her small body. 

On May 27 and 28, I plan to take part in a competitive sports challenge in the South of France with people from around the world. Events include a biathlon, tandem bike obstacle course, mountain orientation race, pétanque, bike and run, and a village orientation course. The sports challenge, called the JCI Challenge, will raise money to help the world reach UN Millennium Development Goal #6 and eradicate malaria.

The most frustrating thing about Fatou's death was that it could have been prevented. Those of us in developing countries are lucky enough to get vaccinated against yellow fever before traveling to countries where it is a danger. We take anti-malarial drugs, and sleep under bednets. Fatou was not vaccinated, and wasn't taking any anti-malarial drugs. But she did have access to a bednet. And while bednets do not eliminate the risk of contracting yellow fever, malaria, or other mosquito-borne diseases completely, they do vastly decrease it. However, having a bednet is not enough; one has to use it. For this reason, education on use is a key part of the Nothing But Nets project.

I am asking friends and family to chip in and help me reach my humble goal of $100 (but more would be great!). Any contribution will help--combined with contributions made for other participants, I'm confident we'll be able to make a hefty donation, at least helping to reduce the risk of contracting malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases that represent a constant obstacle to the health and happiness of so many people in the world.

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Note from JCI:

Residents of malaria-endemic countries need your help and they need it now. On average, every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. There is no time to waste in the battle to stop this devastating disease. The vast majority of deaths occur in Africa, where malaria is a leading killer of children.

Thanks to Nothing But Nets, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, millions of lives in Africa have been saved through their program to provide long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets to children and families. As a proud and active Nothing But Nets partner, JCI runs a campaign called JCI Nothing But Nets. Through the campaign, JCI members raise funds to send mosquito nets to Africa and educate children and their families on the correct use and care of the nets. While your nation may not be affected by widespread malaria, 40% of people in the world live in countries that are. And they need your help.

$275

MONEY RAISED
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  • Amy Van Dyke

    $10

  • LaDonna Campbell

    $20

  • Mira, James, and Jesse Whiting

     

  • Tara Sproc

    $20

  • Sylvan Herskowitz

    $20

  • Wil

     

  • Maire Ni Mhordha

    $10

  • Lucy K

    $20

  • Astrid Haas

    $20

  • Steve & Ashley

     

  • William & MaryLove VAn Dyke

     

  • Sarah

    $20

  • Uncle Sonny and Aunt Cindy

    $10

  • Josephine

    $20

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275% Raised of $100 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $5,458 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

John Di Rico

Amount Raised

$2,181

 

88% Raised of $2,486 Goal

Fundraiser Title

JCE Poitiers

Amount Raised

$1,460

Fundraiser Title

JCI

Amount Raised

$737

Fundraiser Title

Kevin GUERIN

Amount Raised

$330

Fundraiser Title

Amy Van Dyke

Amount Raised

$275

 

275% Raised of $100 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kathrine Nygaard Stannov

Amount Raised

$270

Fundraiser Title

Jacob Nielsen

Amount Raised

$175

 

117% Raised of $150 Goal

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d s

Amount Raised

$20

Donor Comments

Josephine

Josephine

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Uncle Sonny and Aunt Cindy

Uncle Sonny and Aunt Cindy

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Sarah

Sarah

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

William & MaryLove VAn Dyke

William & MaryLove VAn Dyke

4 years ago

Steve & Ashley

Steve & Ashley

4 years ago

Astrid Haas

Astrid Haas

DONATION: $20

In loving memory of our little sunshine Fatou! 4 years ago

Lucy K

Lucy K

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Maire Ni Mhordha

Maire Ni Mhordha

DONATION: $10

thanks Amy x 4 years ago

Wil

Wil

4 years ago

Sylvan Herskowitz

Sylvan Herskowitz

DONATION: $20

In memory, of course, to the wonderful Ms. Fatou... 4 years ago