Every thirty seconds, someone dies from malaria. To some, this fact may sound like yet another overwhelming tragedy in the world. But for Operation Net, a dedicated non-profit organization that is quickly making its mark at Eastern, this tragedy elicits their commitment and passion.
The inspiring and humbling story of Operation Net begins several years ago with one motivated and passionate student: sophomore Kali Fairchild.
In May of 2008, the then-seventeen year old traveled abroad to Uganda with an Arizona church group, where for two weeks she experienced first-hand what it was like to live in a place devastated by malaria.
This preventable and treatable mosquito-transmitted disease takes the lives of millions every year.
Upon returning from Uganda, Fairchild came back with more than just a new perspective: she had a dream. “I knew I needed to do something,” she said.
After quickly exceeding her initial year-long goal to raise enough money to send a thousand mosquito nets to Uganda, which are the primary and most sufficient use of prevention for malaria, the dream was still very much alive.
Thus far, Operation Net has become increasingly popular with students at Eastern. The organization has been very successful with raising awareness and donations as well as coming up with new and fun ideas to get students involved.
The club has already held a successful benefit concert on Eastern’s campus featuring the Christian band “Calling Out Closer” and is also preparing for the screening of the documentary, “When the Night Comes” to be held on Nov. 9.
However, more than anything, the organization is focused on staying faithful to their promising motto of hope: “Bringing an end to malaria one net at a time.”
And with the passion that is so prevalent within the devoted group of members, Operation Net is only getting started.
To find out more, visit their website at operationnet.org.