It is wonderful to realize you are all it takes for the world to change? How great can it be when all your limitations do not limit you to make an impact in the world? What a blessings it is to use what you have however little and at the end of it to know that the small you are / have is all it takes to make a difference.
When I first heard of Night of net and the World Vision ACT:S, I felt I could act too, and made a commitment to host an event.
I gathered a few of my friends and put the idea on the table and we agreed that all it takes to make change the world like someone said once is a group however small of like minded people and we formed our little group. “Epuka Squad and our Slogan Epuka Usave” Epuka is a Swahili name meaning Flee/ keeps off while the slogan basically means Flee to save a life.
We had a lot of to learn especially considering that none of us has any medical background except for science taught in schools.
Prior to the main event we held two minor events in secondary schools around the district and while we were teaching them we were learning and practicing what we shall say on 3rd April 2010 the day we held the Event Night of Nets.
We started the event at 3:30pm and closed it at 8pm after showing the movie on a big screen using a projector for all to see. I acted as the master of ceremony and in between the performances taught the public about Malaria. We had more than 300 people attending the event, and the sad news is that we realized very few people know the effects of malaria to be as fatal as they really are; there is a lot of ignorance in the community. Extreme poverty in this area contributes to a lot of death cases especially among the children.
Many of them have no idea that malaria is contagious
and neither do they know the connection between HIV and
Malaria. Community education is required in a huge way.
People take malaria as a simple disease which one can
simply walk into a chemist and buy medication for… they
have no idea that the parasite becomes resistant to
drugs. Most of the Kids in the meeting were shocked
after seeing the effects of Malaria as Africa’s
deadliest predator on the Video James Pedrick sent to us.
We have started small but we have a bigger dream to free Kenya, Africa and other areas affected of Malaria. World Vision’s involvement touched our hearts after knowing you are in places not affected by Malaria and yet you are doing so much to help. It’s a big challenge to us.
Special Thanks to:
Below are names of the people who sat to organize the event and despite the fact that all of them earn between 100 and 300 USD per month gave their money and resources to fund the event.
This group is so amazing that even when we hit walls and all sorts of opposition from people who thought we had been paid to do this stood strong and made a stand to fight for humanity. Am proud of these guys.
• Epuka Squad comprises of:
God Bless World Vision.
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