We try to work within established service groups, so many of the nets went to orphanages and schools, with no regard to religious affiliation. We do not proselyte in connection with these distributions, they are strictly for humanitarian reasons, although the recipients all know they are from the "Latter-day Saint Church." We get lots of questions about the name...
This group is from another school, which has a really fine facility, but no funding. It is always the same here, as NGO's and churches fund improvements, but cannot supply ongoing support.
Many of the remainder of our nets were distributed into specific villages, where the mortality rate is the highest. It is hoped that they will help for a number of years. The insecticide with which they are treated lasts several years and multiple washings, but then the nets become just a physical barrier, which is still useful, but not as effective.
Again, it was a rewarding couple of weeks, but sometimes it seems that our efforts are just a drop in the bucket, there are so many needs. We also know that in spite of our best efforts, some of these nets will be sold on the black market to buy food. Teaching people to look a little farther ahead than just their next day's meal is really hard. Still we press on, hoping to make a difference in someone's life.