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Get Away with Jet Set Sarah

Quarantine has been tough--but soon we'll be back out in the world. In anticipation of that day that we chat with Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, aka Jet Set Sarah, quite possibly the Caribbean's biggest fan and most in-the-know insider.  Based in Miami, Sarah lived in the Caribbean for years and goes back regularly, sharing her adventures and insights through her writing and videos with Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Afar, and other outlets (like the Shoo for Good blog!). The Caribbean isn’t just her beat; it’s her passion. Below we chat with her about  her favorite region in the world, a place that, she tells us, is incredibly diverse and so much more than beaches.­ We’re all itching to travel. Why should the Caribbean be top of our list and where...

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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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