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Sopheak (L), 12, and her best friend, pictured in Chambok village, Cambodia.
Carried by tiger mosquitoes, Dengue Fever thrives in the tropical climate of Chambok, Cambodia. Yet thanks to a single legacy gift, ActionAid was able to work with Sopheak's community to save lives. Gifts in Wills are used across the world, wherever the need is greatest, however this particular project was funded by a supporter who had sponsored a child in Chambok.
Quite simply with training, the provision of mosquito nets and the community's willingness to work together, we have helped to create a better future. Today everyone in the village – from elders to parents to children – is aware of Dengue fever and how to prevent it. And as Som Hon, Sopheak's mother knows, prevention is definitely better than cure. Dengue fever starts with flu like symptoms, but it can have deadly complications, sometimes causing the liver to become enlarged and circulatory
ActionAid provided Som Hon and Sopheak with mosquito nets to sleep under and also distributed them to over 500 vulnerable families. We have also arranged training for over 1,000 people, so they understand what causes Dengue fever, how it spreads and the symptoms they need to look out for. Som Hon explained:
"We learnt that we should fill in pot holes in our compounds because this is where water can gather in which mosquitoes breed...I have now done this and I also make sure that my daughter wears long sleeves during the evenings in the rainy season."
What is most inspiring though is that children have this knowledge too. Sopheak spoke to me with such enthusiasm and delight about her learning:
"I remember the Dengue fever training, it was really good. I remember learning that we should clear away bushes and coconut shells which collect water that mosquitoes breed in."
This simple life-saving knowledge will give Sopheak a future that was sadly denied to her brothers and sisters. What's really incredible is that it will offer her children and the generation that follows them a better future too.
This incredible work all started with an ActionAid supporter's decision to leave a gift in their Will, and their generous legacy of £3,000. Regardless of the amount, be it large or small, it shows just how effective gifts in Wills are when it comes to bringing about lasting change.