The former Divas Champions are visiting Rwanda as part of WWE’s relationship with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which will see the girls provide refugees with mosquito nets in order to fight malaria.
WWE are also working with the UNDP, which is helping ” to empower women who have experienced great hardships” – hence Alicia and Natalya’s participation in the charity initiative.
WWE.com is following the girls’ progress with a blog and the latest entry was posted today. It reads:
[box]Every day we wake up feeling blessed to have the roles of being WWE Divas, but today was truly exceptional. Our day began with our partners with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign escorting us to UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) headquarters in Rwanda. UNHCR officials briefed us about how refugees are affected by malaria. Neimah Warsame, UNHCR representative for Rwanda, was an amazing inspiration. She’s powerful and proactive in the community; seeing her and other Rwandan officials with various UN agencies showed us how passionate they are about helping refugees stay healthy and safe.
The hardships refugees face are unbelievable. There are about 65,000 refugees in Rwanda, most escaping fighting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. We couldn’t believe the very steep, uphill battle they face, even just to get to the safety of the camps in Rwanda.
Malaria is one of the refugees’ biggest challenges. Only 60 percent of refugees in the country’s four camps have bed nets. That’s where the work of Nothing But Nets comes in. All of UNHCR’s goals for this year seem reachable, and we want to help them get there.
The most shocking thing we learned today is how many children die from malaria, a disease that’s completely preventable. A child used to die every 30 seconds from malaria — now that figure is every 60 seconds. The work of Nothing But Nets has helped. But no child should die from a preventable disease. We want to make a real difference. Stay tuned to WWE.com to follow our journey through Rwanda. [/box]
Both Divas have also taken to Twitter to inform the fans of their progress, and Natalya noted how she was having fun with the locals as well as helping save lives.
— Natalya (@NatbyNature) February 27, 2013
WWE.com have also posted an exclusive gallery of images of Alicia and Natalya’s trip, which can be viewed here.