MASECO donates funds to four charities for every new household that MASECO takes on. Each new household receives a letter with information about our panel of charities, explaining the work of the charities, and the contribution that MASECO will be making.
Please see below an update on the charities and how the donations are being used.
Against Malaria Foundation
Malaria affects almost half of the world’s population and claims 655,000 lives every year, with over 90% of these deaths in Africa. It is also the number one killer of pregnant women in Africa and every life lost is needless as malaria is a preventable and treatable disease. The good news is that, today, over 485 children’s lives are saved from malaria every day, thanks to extraordinary international efforts to fight the disease. Globally, malaria deaths have dropped by 26% since 2000 and in Africa deaths have been cut by a third. Making just a small donation of $6 allows the AMF to purchase and distribute one net that will save a life. This is one of the most cost effective and impactful ways we can think of to help save lives. We are committed to maintaining this momentum.
MASECO’s total donation to date : $2,160
MASECO’s donation has provided 772 mosquito nets which will help protect people from contracting malaria in some of the poorest parts of Africa.
Msizi Africa was founded in 2007 by Lucy Caslon. Lucy established Mzisi after visiting an orphanage in Lesotho where she met 50 AIDS orphans. They were wonderful children but their diet was basic and they needed nutritional support to ensure their bodies and brains developed well – so they could benefit from an education, and escape the poverty trap. Buying food from her own funds, Lucy set up a charity to fund good food for the children on her return home in 2008. Since that time, Msizi Africa has provided over 3 million meals to up to 1,000 AIDS orphans a day, in three countries in Africa. It costs just 52p a day to care for a child – and Msizi Africa’s support extends to taking children to the doctor, providing school uniforms, and ensuring their shelter is safe and comfortable.
MASECO’s total donation to date : £1,152
MASECO’s donation has provided 220 children with food for a week . Some of the MASECO team also attended the Msizi Africa charity pub quiz in November 2014 which helped to raise £9,045.62.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
River blindness is caused by a parasitical worm – the worm larvae are spread by the black simulium fly, which breed by the oxygen rich water of fast flowing rivers. The fly transmits the disease when it bites people, making those who live or work near the rivers vulnerable. As well as robbing people of their sight and causing unbearable itching, river blindness can have a much wider impact on the community as children miss out on schooling and fertile land next to the river cannot be farmed. SCI was established in conjunction with Imperial College London after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave SCI a $30 million grant in 2002 to get started. They have an excellent track record and for approximately $0.50 per treatment per year, SCI can distribute a preventative drug called Mectizan® that will inoculate someone for 10 years. This is an effective way to make the adult female worm temporarily infertile, killing larvae. It needs to be taken annually, over a period of at least ten years in order to effectively control river blindness.
MASECO’s total donation to date : $1,440.00
MASECO’s donation has enabled SCI to treat and protect 2,880 children in sub Saharan Africa against 4 neglected tropical diseases.
One Tree Planted
One Tree Planted was established in 2014 and is on a mission to reforest our planet and provide education, awareness and engagement on the importance of trees and our ecosystem. One Tree Planted currently has projects in the Amazon Forest, Boreal Forest, Indonesian Forests and several African Forests. One Tree Planted believes Forests are more than just a collection of trees, they are integrated ecosystems and home to some of the most diverse life on Earth. They are also major players in the carbon and water cycles that make life possible. When forests are lost or degraded, their destruction sets off a series of changes that affect life both locally and around the world. One tree Planted partners work tirelessly to plan and prepare the soil for tree planting season. Activities like soil, water and seedling preparation are completed throughout the year. One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide in one year. The partners added one tree planted to our charities panel in 2014.
MASECO’s total donation to date : $300
MASECO’s donation has helped to plant 300 trees. One tree planted is currently working in Haiti with the Small Farmers Alliance, Indonesia – Trees 4 Trees and Kenya with Komoza. This in turn has allowed these areas to become carbon neutral, help local communities and help stop extinction of regional species.