“Uncle Buck” star Nia Long and hubby–San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka–were handpicked to lead the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign that aids in the prevention of malaria.
The power couple urged their fans, family and friends to donate to the ten-year old campaign to protect children and refugees that sucumb to the preventable illness.
“Ime and I wanted to find an organization that spoke to us on a personal level; we both have family members who have been affected by malaria and we are dedicated to giving back to those in need,” Long said. “It is inconceivable that children are still dying from a disease which is completely preventable and treatable. We are proud to partner with the Nothing But Nets campaign to help raise awareness. A simple bed net can make all the difference for a child and family to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.”
The Nothing But Nets campaign works predominately in Sub-Saharan Africa because its the leading cause of illness and death in most of those countries, where the most vulnerable children are displaced from their homes.
Nia Long is hoping to prevent that by asking supporters to donate $10 to donate a net for a family in need.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nia and Ime into the ranks of Nothing But Nets champions working across the country and around the world to raise awareness, funds, and voices to protect families from malaria,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, Director of Nothing But Nets. “We’re committed to working towards the day when no child dies from a mosquito bite.”
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Beyonce took a break from flaunting her street style in the big apple to making a surprise visit to Haiti today.
According to VIBE, Beyonce is aiding the United Nations in a humanitarian mission. Likely a well-deserved one given that the impoverished Caribbean country is still rallying from that massive 7.0 earthquake in 2010.
A United Nations report found that 70% of Haitians don’t have working electricity,
more than half a million don’t have a steady supply of food and 172,000 are still living in temporary displacement camps set up five years ago.
But not to fear, Queen Bey is there. Well… for one day, at least.
Sporting her BEY GOOD tee (Beyonce’s charity org) she gave out food, water and other much-needed resources. Beyonce even lent a hand to sick natives battling a cholera epidemic.
This isnt the first time Beyonce worked with the UN. In 2012, she gave a very soulful presentation at UN headquarters for World Humanitarian Day.
See how she blew the roof off the iconic place with her visual version of “I Was Here” below.
Secretary General of UN Ban Ki Moon greets Malala
At 16, let’s see, I was probably begging my mom to throw me a sweet 16 party that would rival my frenemy and praying my high school crush would attend. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai’s 16th birthday wish is to have young girls educated around the world. It’s a wish that wasn’t quietly whispered over a birthday cake, but echoed throughout the United Nations among national leaders.
It’s a wish that nearly cut Malala’s life short after being shot in the head by Taliban last fall. But she said it has only made her vow to help young women have access to classrooms around the globe even stronger.
See why this extraordinarily brave girl is an old soul in a young body.
It seems I’m not the only one that has a girl crush on Malala. Beyonce posted a birthday message for Malala on Instagram today.