December 19th, 2006

10 Bucks to Save a Life

Nothing But Nets

I just came across C. Jones’ blog post about Nothing But Nets.

The organization allows you to donate $10 to buy a net that will go to Africa and allow a family to sleep at night without being eaten alive by mosquitoes. 3,000 African kids die each year from malaria, and the $10 you spend to donate a mosquito net can save a life.

It doesn’t get much easier to save a life than that. Most of us will spend at least $10 just on shipping and handling for a Christmas present we’ve bought a loved one. Why not set aside 10 bucks to save a life? Donate a net today!

14 Responses to “10 Bucks to Save a Life”

  1. John Anderson
    December 19, 2006 at 12:45 pm #

    $10 seems a little steep to me.

    A quick froogle search shows a commercial infant net costing more like $2-5.

    You’d think they’d be able to swing a deal when buying and shipping them, too.

    :o/

  2. John Anderson
    December 19, 2006 at 12:47 pm #

    I guess I should clarify: $10 isn’t steep to save a life, but its pricey for a mosquito net. :)

    My concern is that only $5 (or less?) of my $10 actually goes towards the life-saving.

  3. Connor
    December 19, 2006 at 1:35 pm #

    The website says that the $10 goes to buy a net, deliver it, and educate the family on its use. I don’t mind paying a couple extra bucks to get the net to Africa and inform the families on how to use it.

    Also, I don’t think they use infant mosquito nets – the pictures I’ve seen seem to show that they’re at least big enough for a twin, if not a queen bed. They’re fairly large.

  4. C Jones
    December 19, 2006 at 6:15 pm #

    Thanks Connor. I would encourage anyone who is interested in this project to watch this video for a glimpse of how the money is being used: http://www.nothingbutnets.net/node/97

  5. Suma
    December 20, 2006 at 8:32 am #

    Hi
    Thanks for your post Connor. About the $10 price, as you rightly say, the ten dollars are to purchase and dsitribute a net, and educate people about its use. A net costs 5-7$ and the rest goes into shipping the nets to Africa and distributing them to the end users. As for the size, it can hold more than a single child, and as it is the case in Africa (and many developing countries), a bed is occupied by more than one child.

    Thank you
    Suma
    Website/Online Community Manager
    Nothing But Nets
    http://www.nothingbutnets.net

  6. Some Dude
    December 20, 2006 at 9:36 am #

    So, Connor, how many of these nets have you sent? Or are you doing your share by providing free advertising?

  7. Connor
    December 20, 2006 at 9:45 am #

    Some Dude,

    I’ve sent two. I try not to preach what I don’t practice myself. Have you purchased any? :)

  8. John Anderson
    December 20, 2006 at 9:57 am #

    @Suma & C Jones

    Thanks for the clarification.

  9. Some Dude
    December 20, 2006 at 11:32 am #

    Well good for you Connor, that is the the cost of like 5 dates for you. I am impressed. I have sent zero, and will continue sending that many. But, then, I dont go around telling people to donate to it. Me? I prefer CCF, thanks.

  10. John Anderson
    December 20, 2006 at 11:54 am #

    Hopefully CCF stands for Common Courtesy Foundation or Clandestine Coward Floggers.

  11. Some Dude
    December 20, 2006 at 12:02 pm #

    No, actually, it is the Constitutionalist Chick Farm. I donate hoping some day Connor will get a date with a petite brunette that is a borderline libertarian but total constitutionalist who is also a card carrying member of the JBS. Then he will stop blogging.

  12. Connor
    December 20, 2006 at 12:05 pm #

    Then he will stop blogging.

    Don’t count on it. :)

  13. Lucia
    December 20, 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    In times like this I wish I wasn’t saving every penny to help my sister.

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  1. Top of the Mountains » Blog Archive » Malaria kills - December 19, 2006

    […] From Connor’s blog, I came across Nothing But Nets, a group dedicating to help stop malaria: Despite the magnitude of the problem, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to prevent malaria deaths. For just $10, we can purchase a bed net, deliver it to a family, and explain its use. Bed nets work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. A family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for up to four years. The benefits of bed nets extend even further than the family. When enough nets are used, the insecticide used to deter mosquitoes makes entire communities safer—including even those individuals who do not have nets. […]

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