Madame Ngono now Sleeps Soundly with Nets

In August 2011, Mandy Moore traveled with Nothing But Nets to visit a small rural village of 500 people in the Okola district of Cameroon.  In the village, Mandy had the chance to talk to Madame Ngono, who is raising 10 children.

"On the wooden bench in her mud home, she spoke with me while her grandson patiently sat on her lap. I could tell by his squirming and the squeals of other children outside that he would have much preferred to be running around with his friends. But, she is a strong woman and dedicated caretaker - he waited for her instruction to join his friends.

She told me how nearly every child in her family suffered from malaria, how many children in the community died as a result. How she suffered with malaria many times and how it affected her ability to farm and parent and take care of her extended family.

She knew of the upcoming net distribution (thanks Nothing But Nets supporters!) and her face changed when we began to talk about having mosquito nets for her children to sleep under. She relaxed, and even smiled. She is a strong and stoic woman, out of necessity. But for just a few moments, she expressed joy.

As she was talking, I realized that she is not unlike any other mother or grandmother. What gave her joy, and peace, was knowing that she would soon be better able to care for her family."

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