We’re excited to announce that our partner and champion Dawes has released an exclusive track – just for Nothing But Nets supporters and champions in the fight to end malaria! From now until World Mosquito Day on August 20, fans who donate at NothingButNets.net/Dawes will receive a free download of Dawes covering The Waterboys’ “Fisherman’s Blues.”
In 2013, Dawes traveled with Nothing But Nets to Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda and saw the devastating impact of malaria firsthand. They visited children in the health clinic, sang and danced with families, delivered bed nets and personally hung them in homes.
Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. We work closely with our UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease. It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver a life-saving bed net and provide education on its proper use.
“In Rwanda, we met so many families impacted by malaria,” said Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer of Dawes. “All it takes to protect a child is a simple bed net. Anyone can help us save a life.”
Today, there are tens of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo, seeking shelter in Rwanda. They are weak from their journey and more vulnerable to malaria. We are working to send life-saving nets and other comprehensive malaria interventions and treatment to the region to help protect these refugees.
“After all refugees have endured and survived, they should not have to fear a mosquito bite,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “Dawes has supported our work for many years and we’re grateful for their efforts to help us raise awareness and save lives.”
Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where we work with our UN partners.
Now in our tenth year, we at Nothing But Nets are so appreciative of our hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers like Dawes – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Make your donation today at NothingButNets.net/Dawes or click the song cover below to receive your free track and to learn more about the fight against malaria.