Students enrolled in Dr. Lesli Deichman?s sociology course at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) in Grove, Okla continue to raise money for international charities of their choice -- Nothing But Nets and Heifer International.

Nothing But Nets is supported by the United Nations (UN) Foundation which aims to prevent

African children from contracting and dying from malaria. The organization purchases, distributes and educates African families on the proper use of mosquito bed nets.

According to the Nothing But Nets web site, Malaria is preventable, but causes more than 200 million illnesses each year and kills nearly 1 million of those who become infected. Ninety percent of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa, where the disease is a leading killer of children, where every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria.

"With the fund-raisers this term, as well as some „leftover? money from previous years, my students raised $442.00 for Nothing But Nets and $442.00 for Heifer, International. Malaria is the number one killer of children in Africa. The money my Sociology students raised will provide 44 nets for children in villages in the Horn of Africa," said Deichman. "Each net not only helps keep the children safe, but combined with other nets, can actually keep mosquitoes out of an entire village."

The money raised for Heifer, International will be used to purchase a goat, three rabbits, honey bees, chicks, a llama, ducks, geese and fish to help provide a micro-economy for a village in need.

"Heifer International is a global nonprofit with the goal of ending poverty and hunger in a sustainable fashion. Established in 1944, Heifer International gives out gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training to those in need. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Heifer International has helped more than 13.6 million families (71 million people) in more than 125 countries," according to their website.

"I am so proud of all of my sociology classes - present and past," Deichman said.