Tampa, Florida (PressExposure) July 23, 2009 -- Youth for Human Rights of Tampa Bay (http://www.youthforhumanrights.org) raised the funds to send life saving bed nets (http://www.nothingbutnets.net) to all inhabitants of the African refugee camp Bakavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their action of helping prevent malaria deaths embodies Human Right # 3 "The Right to Life". By sponsoring the refugee camp the Youth for Human Rights of Tampa Bay saved 218 lives and corrected some of additional human rights violations, such as Human Right # 14 "The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live" and Human Right #25, "Food and Shelter for All", giving the refugees more of the rights they deserve.
The Youth for Human Rights of Tampa Bay learned that every year nearly one million people die of Malaria in Africa and that it is the number one killer of African children.
Malaria infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million - one person dies about every 30 seconds, according to US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Center. Since shelter is inadequate to keep out mosquitoes, which are the leading cause of this deadly disease, those in refugee camps are most vulnerable.
Insecticide-treated bed nets protect potential victims from mosquitoes when the mosquitoes strike most, while they are sleeping.
The camp was found and sponsored by the group working with the Nothing But Nets (http://www.nothingbutnets.net) program, which supplies insecticide treated bed nets to refugees throughout Africa. And how did these kids sponsor this refugee camp? Simple, they asked their friends, "Would you save a life for $10?" With these efforts the group raised enough money to send 109 nets to Bakavu refugee camp, saving the lives of 218 refugees.
There are about 35 million refugees worldwide, and 80 percent of them are women and children, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) -(http://www.unhcr.org). After the nets are purchased Nothing But Nets then works with the Office of the UNHCR to send the bed nets to the refugee camps in Africa.
As humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard ([http://humanitarian.lronhubbard.org]) stated, "Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream",
Youth for Human Rights of Tampa Bay is a non-profit group that educates their peers in schools, community groups and camps on human rights as laid out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This is in the belief that the education of human rights will make these rights a reality, and in support of the United Nations' intention to educate the world on these rights, in 1948, it called upon member countries to make the Declaration known and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
Despite the ongoing efforts of many, 60 years later, the Declaration is still not a required part of the curriculum of schools across the world, and isn't required learning in the state of Florida. Youth for Human Rights of Tampa Bay has joined the efforts to make
Youth for Human Rights of Tampa Bay (http://www.youthforhumanrights.org) is a chapter of Youth for Human Rights International that was formed in 2001. Youth for Human Rights International and its many chapters teaches human rights education both in the classroom and beyond traditional education settings. They aim to reach people from diverse backgrounds and their materials often appeal across generations. From teaching human rights through conferences and workshops to hip-hop and dancing, the message spreads around the world and reaches onto every continent and into many countries. To volunteer at Youth for Human Rights of Tampa Bay, contact Dustin McGahee, President, at DustinM@YHRTB.org or visit [http://www.YHRTB.org]. To find a group in your area visit http://www.youthforhumanrights.org.