“To those whom much is given, much is expected.” John F. Kennedy
For those of us with safe, comfortable homes much has truly been given. Our gratitude propels us to give back, but sometimes we don't know how. I just learned about a horrible statistic with an easy, inexpensive fix that I have to share with you.
Did you know that a child dies every 45 second from malaria? Malaria is spread by mosquitos and a $10.00 mosquito net is the solution to ending this scourge in Africa by 2015.
What can you do? Simple. Buy a book. The book is End Malaria: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save a Life.
End Malaria offers selections from 62 contributors, including Brene Brown, Tom Peters, Nicholas Carr, Pam Slim and Sir Ken Robinson. It's organized into three main sections - Focus, Courage, Resilience - and eight subsections - Tap Your Strengths, Create Freedom, Love & Be Kind, Disrupt Normal, Take Small Steps, Embrace Systems, Get Physical, Collaborate. All essays in End Malaria seek to "inspire readers to look within themselves for solutions to their everyday dilemmas and for motivation to realize their desires."
The book costs $25, with $20 going to the cause to buy two nets. ($5.00 covers the production costs.) If you buy the Kindle version, the cost is $20 and the entirety goes to the purchase of two nets. You can only get the book from Amazon which, along with the contributors and publisher, is making no profit on the book.
Thank you to Brene Brown who alerted me to this fabulous opportunity to give back and from whom I stole the title, "Buy a book. Save a life." (If you haven't already discovered Brene's blog and her wonderful books on vulnerability and shame, don't go another day without getting to know her.) I've already downloaded my copy of End Malaria on my Kindle Fire. It feels good to know that, because of me, two more mosquito nets will be sent to a family in need.
If you are interested in this opportunity to give back and buy the book, please let me know. I'd love to hear that a few more nets made their way to Africa because of our community.
(Disclaimer: Amazon associates links, but, like everyone else, I will not make any money on the End Malaria book or Kindle edition.)
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