With the help and support of our wonderful fans, last year we were able to make our first ever donation to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). We would like to thank all who have made a donation to the AMF as without donors, they would not be able to do what they do in contributing to the fight against malaria. Thank you!
When I joined the Slumber Cloud team, it was important to me that they cared about positively changing people’s lives. I knew that Slumber Cloud was founded on the premise of helping people live happier and healthier lives by helping them get quality sleep. But, when I learned about Slumber Cloud’s partnership with the AMF I knew that they wanted to go beyond changing an individual’s life, by changing entire communities. I wanted to be a part of it.
Growing up as a competitive swimmer, I developed an almost unnatural understanding of the importance of a millisecond. For me a millisecond separated winning from losing, accomplishing my goals or falling short. Although there were times I would lose sleep over a millisecond, it never meant life or death.
It only takes a millisecond to be infected with malaria.
During my swimming career, my life was measured by the millisecond. When I learned about the AMF, I learned they are doing everything they can so millions of lives aren’t measured by the millisecond it takes to be infected with malaria.
When the Slumber Cloud team was looking for ways to give back, they did a lot of research into all kinds of different groups. One of the main reasons why the Slumber Cloud team picked the AMF is that they are incredibly transparent. One example are the videos that AMF posts on their website. You can see exactly where the money goes and the communities that benefit from their actions.
Another reason was the praise that AMF received in Peter Singer’s Ted Talk (seen below)
In line with the AMFs transparency, we want to be transparent in the reasons why we support the AMF, so you can know that your donation is going to help protect people from malaria. Below I’ve answered some common questions about the AMF and our partnership.
Why Protect Against Malaria
Each year, half a billion people are infected with malaria and more than one million people die from the disease. Yet, malaria is totally preventable and treatable.
Infected mosquitoes transmit the malaria parasite when they bite people to get a blood meal. Mosquitoes typically bite between 10 o’clock at night and two in the morning while the person is asleep.
Once again, Slumber Cloud is supporting the Against Malaria Foundation in its campaign to protect people from the spread of this disease through the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets (LLINs).
What Is The AMF
Simply put, the AMF provides mosquito nets to protect people from developing malaria. The AMF funds anti-malaria nets, specifically long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), and works with distribution partners to ensure they are used. They also track and report on net use and malaria case data.
People fundraise for the AMF, typically through sponsored activities. The AMF also receives direct donations from individuals, groups and organizations such as Slumber Cloud.
The AMF buys nets and works with distribution partners who organize and fund the distribution of the nets.
The AMF monitors net usage to ensure nets continue to be used. They also monitor malaria case rate data to understand the impact of the nets.
What Has At The AMF Done Recently
The AMF has just completed, or are currently carrying out, three distributions in Malawi (Balaka and Ntcheu districts) and DRC (North Ubangi district) totaling 1.37 million nets, protecting 2.5 million people.
Post-distribution net use check-ups:
There are post-distribution net use check-ups just completed or ongoing in four locations ensuring the AMF has data on how the protection of communities changes over time.
The AMF has made significant progress with discussions in five countries requiring individually between 2 million and 15 million nets for the period 2016 to 2018. They are aiming to secure a further $50 million for upcoming projects.
Why We Support The AMF
At Slumber Cloud, we wanted to make sure we selected a charity that is highly effective at using donor funds to prevent illness and help avoid death from malaria. The AMF met all of our criteria and does so in 3 ways:
- The AMF has a clear focus on a specific intervention, anti-malaria bed nets, and particularly long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs).
- They have a lean organizational structure that uses a pro bono partnership and distribution partner model. This means their costs are exceptionally low and impact of donor support is high.
- The organization places great emphasis on transparency and ensuring that the impact of distributing nets is realized.
How You Can Help
As we begin a New Year, we wanted to remind you of Slumber Cloud’s continued commitment to the Against Malaria Foundation and why it’s worthy of your support. In 2016, our goal is to double our 2015 donation and we can’t do it without your help.
Offer your support by making a donation to purchase one or more mosquito nets. The cost of one mosquito net is only $3. 100% of the donations are passed on to the AMF to buy mosquito nets for those in need.
Alternatively, if you are purchasing any of our bedding products, we have made it easy to add a donation directly to your order during checkout.
In addition to our goal of doubling our 2015 donation, we also want to bring more awareness to the AMF. Getting the word out about this wonderful foundation is just as important as making a donation. If you can’t make a donation at this time, please help us get the word out by sharing this post with your friends and family on social media. (You can easily share this post, by clicking the “share” links below)
Thank you again to all who have helped us support the AMF. Here’s to making 2016 our most successful year ever!