Bringing Nothing But Nets Back to Campus
This past weekend the Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets welcomed our Malaria Fellows to Washington, D.C., for a two-day retreat. Our only in-person gathering of the program, the retreat provided the Fellows with a chance to get to know one another and our organizations, which they’ll be representing in front of tens of thousands of college students this semester. Over the course of our two days together, the Fellows not only watched the Super Bowl, but also learned about the how the Reform Movement and Nothing But Nets have partnered to end malaria for nearly a decade. Together, we set goals designed to engage their entire campus communities and learned about the unique roles education, action and advocacy play in our pursuit of a more just world.
During our retreat, we were happy to share the recent news that the U.S. government has renewed its commitment to being a leader in the fight against malaria. Of course, this is only half the battle. Renewed funding means that the coming year will see millions of bed nets distributed to refugees in South Sudan and other parts of Africa, but the plight of these people will continue long after this round of funding has expired. Inspired by this message, we spent Monday on Capitol Hill, visiting 16 different Congressional offices to ask for continued support of the fight against malaria. Among these, Fellows had in-person meetings with Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma’s 4th district.
We’re excited to follow the progress of this distinguished group of college students as they grow throughout the course of the semester! Keep checking here for updates on their work!