THE ZAMBIA NET-WORKS PROJECT
The Pennywise technical assistance program connected Doane Net Project's (DNP) vision with Power of Love's (POL) on the ground malaria net distribution and micro-lending programs. Together, we created a collaborative project through which DNP will train hundreds of individuals in Zambia, primarily women seeking pathways out of poverty, in how to prevent malaria, generate income and help the environment by making usable items out of waste plastic. The project partners have created a model that can be implemented around the world.
The DOANE Net Project (DNP)
This project, created by a professor of biology in the US, teaches a simple method for turning waste plastic bags into mosquito screens, mosquito bed nets and other important products such as raincoats, school bags, and solar showers. The concept behind the DNP is that the people who make the nets and other products can help prevent malaria in their families, improve their standards of living, sell the products for income and improve the environment by clearing their communities of plastic waste. www.doane.edu/the-doane-nets-project
The Power of Love Foundation (POL)
The Power of Love Foundation is focused on developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to address the AIDS epidemic. POL works directly with women and children impacted by AIDS, empowering women (many of whom are grandmothers caring for several orphaned grandchildren) and helping them to become self-reliant through a multi-pronged approach that includes training women to care for their HIV-infected children and orphans and providing food, medicine and health care services to help them do that; micro-lending and business training; and providing long lasting insecticide nets and education on malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria. www.poweroflove.org