I’m in Washington, D.C., where it looks and feels like winter, except for the ten gorgeous tulip magnolia trees blooming in a little park across from this Starbucks.
I’d give you a picture, but the camera of my Kindle, on which I’m rather laboriously typing, is not really doing them justice.
So, I thought I would show you a few more photos of the garden back in Kigali — set up for a recent event at our house: a reception and then a concert by the folk rock group Dawes, all on behalf of the U.N. Foundation and its program “Nothing but Nets.” (This is a diplomatic residence.)
In the first slides, you can see the terrace and the tops of the tents down on the lower lawn. Then, there are couple of pictures of the tents being set up. There is just enough grass so that they don’t need to put tent stakes in the flower beds. A final shot shows the reason for the tents: it poured rain during the concert.
Nothing but Nets is a global campaign to raise awareness and money for the fight against malaria. It began in 2006 when Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly challenged his readers to give $10 each to buy anti-malarial bed nets. To date, six million have been distributed in Africa with the $40 million raised.
The U.N. was represented locally that evening by UNHCR, its refugee agency. There are 55,000 refugees in Rwanda, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They live in four camps, and Nothing but Nets has been distributing nets among them.