The Power of One

There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 1,440 minutes in a day, and 525,600 minutes in a year. In just 60 seconds, 1 child in Africa will die due to malaria. If this doesn’t change, how many children will die this year?

Malaria is just one example of the poverty trap children globally are facing today. Getting bed net to a family in Africa only takes $10, so why have we not seen this disease eradicated? Without foreign aid, families struggle to keep their children safe from this disease. In order for families to buy these life-saving nets, they need money. Money is earned through jobs; and jobs are earned by working hard. In areas with tremendous amounts of poverty, parents usually cannot stay well enough to hold a solid job, receive a steady pay, and eventually be able to provide their children with a safe and healthy home. On top of that, many families who are living inside this poverty trap are refugees running in search of safety from their original homes.

Nothing But Nets is an organization within the United Nations Foundation that has been working hard to get insecticide coated bed nets to Africa. These beds are essential in saving families and their most susceptible family members, children. The problem is that over 40% of the world’s population is living in countries where malaria can easily be contracted, and only 50% of the funds that are needed to get rid of the disease all together are given in foreign aid.

1 minute, 1 person, 1 goal: you. You can help end malaria. You can help save our children from one of the easiest diseases to prevent. All we need is your help. Pick up the phone and call your member of congress. Tell her the importance of saving our children from the inevitable poverty trap caused by malaria. Tell him how Judaism teaches us that, “if one were to destroy a life, it would be as though he destroyed an entire world, and if one were to save a life it would be as though he has saved an entire world” (Talmud Sanhedrin 37a). These children are somebody’s world. These children are the future of our world, and letting a single disease destroy them is what is destroying our world.

Marisa Goldstein blogMarisa Goldstein is an incoming junior at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She is a Political Science major with a focus in American Government and International Relations. Originally from Gurnee, Illinois, Marisa grew up attending Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As a Machon Kaplan participant, Marisa is interning at United Nations Foundation this summer.


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