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WWE Divas Alicia Fox and Natalya Help United Nations Fight Malaria

Wed, February 27, 2013 4:14pm EDT by Russ Weakland Add first Comment
Alicia Fox United Nations
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The world of the WWE takes over many areas in charity, so to their credit, the WWE Divas have joined the UN (Nothing But Nets) on a Humanitarian Trip to Rwanda to spend time in the camps and distribute malaria nets, and it isn’t a surprise that they have made a huge impact.

It is just another amazing part of the charity that the WWE Superstars get their hands on and show the world they are doing their part. WWE’s work with global issues is always amazing, and maybe we can all help impact the lives of the less fortunate after learning what the WWE Divas recently have been doing in Rwanda! It is a wonderful cause!

WWE Divas Alicia Fox and Natalya traveled to Rwanda with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, where they have been visiting refugee camps and have helped distribute life-saving bed nets to families there. Alicia Fox and Natalya have met with experts from the United Nations Refugee Agency and are learning about the conflict forcing mothers and children from Democratic Republic of the Congo to flee to safety in Rwanda. They are live blogging the experience, which is great!

The WWE Divas are using their star power while in Rwanda to bring attention to malaria as a global health issue, a disease which kills more than 600,000 people every year. Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. But the WWE Divas believe no child should die from a preventable disease. That’s why the Divas are urging the WWE Universe and people everywhere to help. Insecticide-treated bed nets are a simple, effective way to keep families safe from malaria. It takes just $10 to send a net and save a life!

Alicia Fox Continues To Speak About The Experience By Live Blogging The Trip!

In her own words, she blogged about the experience, please see below her thoughts.

Today I was given a new perspective of happiness and survival. Traveling with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, we were introduced to the people of Nyagatovu Model Village outside Kigali, Rwanda. Currency there is not measured by the dimes in your pocket but your contributions to the community; People are encouraged to stay strong and carry on with responsibilities, from making bio fuel (from cow manure/urine mixed with water), weaving baskets, to gathering firewood. There’s no doubt that these villages are PROUD of what they’ve created and encouraged to grow.

When we pulled up, I was nervous about what we might find. It wasn’t what I expected: 50 joyous women and children in bright yellow and green robes were dancing and singing to greet us – the words they were singing translated to “We will build our country”. It was profound and beautiful; we felt instantly welcomed and unified.

The United Nations Development Program and the Rwandan government are working together to lift the people of Nyagatoyu Village out of poverty. They’re providing houses, helping establish collective farms and cow herds, teaching sustainable living, and giving people the tools to empower and improve their lives. It’s a model that I believe is truly changing the world. I can’t wait to come back and share even more of my experiences with the WWE fans and the rest of the world.

Natalya Also Blogged About The Experience!

To say I’ve been affected by this trip to Rwanda is an understatement.

Today we visited the Kiziba Refugee Camp, one hundred miles from Kigali. Our visit to this camp only reminded me of how powerful this trip is for me, the WWE, and Nothing But Nets. How did I get so lucky to be able to do this?

I felt like it was a different experience than the Gihembe Refugee camp for the simple reason that I knew more of what to expect. I was nervous the first day because I didn’t know how I would feel seeing so much poverty in one place. I let my guard down, relaxed and let the people guide the way…then magic happened.

We were greeted by a group of women who wanted to perform a ceremonial dance for us. They were so excited to show us how beautiful, feminine and talented they are. Their gift was their dance. They also wanted us to dance with them… So we did.

Alicia Fox, my fellow Diva, who got to share this journey with me, ended up getting very emotional over the strong presence of these amazing women. I knew when I saw the tears rolling down her cheeks that I had to be as strong as I could possibly be. I smiled extra hard to hide the pain I felt in their eyes. It ended up hitting me later on that day when I had a moment to myself. In a great way, the women celebrated Alicia’s emotion and felt more connected to her and to us than we could have ever imagined.

One of the top WWE Superstars is John Cena and his slogan is “you can’t see me.” We taught the children today how to make his waving hand gesture across their faces because we wanted to remind them that they can be seen and that they aren’t invisible. We see them plain as day and hear them loud and clear!

So HollywoodLifers, This is pretty spectacular stuff, when you have the chance to make a difference, make sure that you follow in the WWE’s footsteps!

Russ Weakland