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Undergraduates Team With Malaika for LIFE to Fight Malaria

September 28, 2009
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Kristen KenneyThe School’s Hyperion Council, an undergraduate student organization, has teamed up with an organization dedicated to helping fight disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The organization, Malaika for LIFE, was founded by University of Miami alumna Kristen Kenney to help saves lives in a region where more than 3,000 children die from malaria each day.

“Knowing that thousands of children die every day from a preventable disease is what has inspired me to start Malaika for LIFE,” says Kenney. “After contracting malaria, I learned firsthand just how much pain and suffering comes with the disease. I have never been so close to death, yet because I was able to afford the treatment, I was able to survive,” says Kenney of her inspiration to start the foundation after a bout with malaria while visiting Tanzania in March 2009.

The foundation, hoping to supplement healthcare and malaria treatment by empowering the women of Africa, sells handmade bracelets. Each bracelet sold provides enough money for one child to receive life saving treatment, a possibility they never would have been afforded otherwise. In addition, it provides job sustainability for African artisans. Working together with the Hyperion Council, the foundation hopes to grow into a sustainable organization that will go on to aid in the fight against numerous other diseases that plague the continent.

“I am very thankful to have the support of University of Miami’s Hyperion Council in helping my dreams for Africa come true,” says Kenney.

The Hyperion Council is a student organization that focuses on developing projects to strengthen bonds between the local business and university communities. Each year, the council initiates projects that link the university to at-risk communities and promotes important business concepts including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics to better themselves, their communities and their countries.

Malaika for LIFE and the Hyperion Council are encouraging others to help fight malaria by purchasing the handmade bracelets at www.malaikaforlife.org.

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