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Summer's Over, But Mosquito Season Isn't

As the temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall across the US, we start to see fewer mosquitos, but in African countries, their mosquito season never ends. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that deaths from malaria could double in 2020 if programs such as net distributions and malaria treatment are severely disrupted from COVID-19. We cannot let the current pandemic compound an already deadly disease. WHO urges countries to move fast and distribute malaria prevention and treatment tools at this stage of the COVID-19 outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa, and to do their utmost to safely maintain these essential malaria control services. Bill Gates declared the week of August 16th "Mosquito Week" on his GatesNotes blog on Monday, highlighting a number...

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Women's Equality Day

Today marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States. August 26th, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women who faced violence and discrimination to propel the women’s movement forward. Today we celebrate all of the hardworking women — moms, grandmas, partners, sisters, and friends. Take a second today to thank the important women in your life, support women-owned companies, and register to vote. In honor of Women's Equality Day, we would like to spotlight one of our partners that is continually striving for women's equality in the workplace.  Shoo for Good proudly works with a collective in Ethiopia, headed by a woman-led management...

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A Common Bond

Part of the reason I started Shoo for Good (other than wanting to give back and help people enjoy time outdoors) was for the adventure I thought it would offer. My youngest was heading off to college and I'd have free time to travel. I envisioned myself spending time in Africa, getting to know the artisans who make our lovely shawls and seeing how they work. I imagined collaborating, face-to-face, on new ideas and watching our ideas become beautiful, tangible products. I also dreamed of working--in person--with Nothing but Nets, maybe helping distribute bed nets to families in need. I wanted to get to know people who live in communities where a mosquito bite could mean malaria, not just an itchy welt.  I planned on traveling to other places,...

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Scarves + Bed Nets = Enduring Traditions and Good Health

Thank you to Aida, at Nothing But Nets, for the sharing the following post: As a person with roots in Ethiopia and Eritrea, I admittedly have way too many scarves from my homeland. Scarves are an essential accessory in our culture and more than that, it’s hard to resist purchasing them since they’re all so unique. Whether you are living in Ethiopia or a member of the diaspora, as I am, getting your first scarf, or sharba, as we say in the Tigrinya language, is almost like a rite of passage. In Ethiopian fashion, women can be seen wearing scarves as a part of their daily outfits, which makes me feel a bit better that every other woman’s collection is as large...

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When Life Gives you Lemons...Share!

Our Eureka lemon tree is going wild with the most fragrant, juicy lemons. I offered a few to a friend around the corner a while back and she just sent me a text: "Do you like limoncello?" Indeed I do! She brought some over and shared the recipe with me, which I'll share with you: Deb's Limoncello Place the peels from 10 lemons in a quart jar with vodka. Let sit for 1 month. Strain through a coffee filter set into a strainer. Add 2 cups of simple syrup (1 cup water to 1 cup sugar) or more or less to taste. Deb recommends stirring into Pellegrino and serving over ice. Sip in the garden.

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