To mark Forever Giving’s first anniversary last month, we continued our mission to “Make a Difference” in the lives of children around the world by focusing our charitable efforts in the country of Uganda. p> As you may already know, malaria is the number one cause of death in children of Africa. What you may not know is that malaria-infected mosquitoes bite at night, so one of the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of malaria is to sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Unfortunately, there are many areas in Africa where much of the population does not have the means to purchase this type of protection, particularly in Uganda, a country that ranks third-highest in Africa for malaria-related deaths and where only 10% of children sleep under a net.
After learning of these devastating statistics, Forever Giving committed to raise donations in order to purchase these mosquito nets for the underprivileged children of Uganda. At the Super Rally in Denver, distributors from Forever Living Products generously donated to help protect these children from the ill-effects of malaria. With their help, Forever Giving purchased 7,000 high quality, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and on September 26th, I had the privilege to represent Forever Giving and Forever Living distributors as we distributed these nets in the slum villages of Kampala, Uganda.
Together with volunteers from Forever Living Products Uganda, the Ministry of Health and local authorities, we walked to the slum areas of Kivulu and Kitanga as well as the Mulago National Referral Hospital to put these nets in the hands of the pregnant women and children who need them the most. This was an emotional and life-changing experience for me, and I have never felt more proud to be a member of the Forever Family.
On behalf of Forever Giving, I want to say thank you to all of our wonderful distributors around the Forever World. Without you, this would not have been possible. With your help, Forever Giving’s impact continues to reach children in all areas of the world, and I can assure you, we are making a Forever difference!
Gary Shreeve, Vice President of Africa Forever Living Products International, Inc.