Kids Helping Other Kids Beat Malaria
Nine-year old Akili Raphael found inspiration from another child who was involved in the fight against malaria. After reading a story about a twelve-year old girl who raised funds to purchase bed nets, he was so inspired that he shared the story with his mom and told her that he wanted to do something about malaria too.
As many kids his age, Akili enjoys drawing, reading, and writing stories—mostly graphic novels—about various characters in multiple situations. Not too long after he read the article, Akili and his dad were in a restaurant, and while waiting for their food, Akili drew a picture of the manager on a paper napkin. Impressed by his artwork, the manager gave Akili a free dessert. Akili shared the experience with his mom, and the two of them discussed different ways he could get involved in addressing malaria—while doing something that he already enjoys. They decided that writing a book would create the opportunity to not only donate, but also to educate others about malaria on an ongoing basis.
So Akili developed the character Malik, based on his own persona, and drafted the book. Research was done prior to the first draft, as the book was written not only to entertain, but also to educate. In the book, Malik and the Malaria-Carrying Mosquito, the protagonist Malik, travels to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in his little yellow airplane to deliver bed nets to his friend François to help prevent the spread of malaria. The book is part of a Malik and Friends™ series that Akili is writing which addresses global social issues (www.malikandfriends.com.) A portion of the proceeds from the ongoing sale of the book will go towards fighting malaria.
Thanks Akili and the Malik and Friends™ series for aiding in the fight against malaria. Its super heroes like YOU that are going to help us reach a world where no child is dying from a mosquito bite. Keep up the awesome work!