ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Caring for vulnerable children - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/330http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/330<div class="ExternalClass891F2F2C71994CA1A22F04E958A46186"><p><img alt="Enyur Dan for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Enyur%20Dan%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Enyur Dan lives in Katakwi, Uganda. He's seven years old.&#160; When he was three, Enyur became very ill with a crippling disease that left him unable to walk, talk or see.&#160; </p><p>In addition to his physical disabilities, Enyur Dan often suffered from high fevers.&#160; Because he was unable to walk to the health center, his family often had to purchase malaria medicine for him without having him tested. </p><p><img alt="Enyur Dan Grandma for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Enyur%20Dan%20Grandma%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>When the Lutheran malaria program came to Katakwi, the VHT (Village Health Team member) came to Enyur's home and saw that he was suffering from malaria frequently. Because he can make house calls, the VHT was able to ensure that Enyur is tested and treated every time he shows symptoms of malaria. He also procured a net for the child, and Enyur has been sleeping under that net every night since then. He no longer suffers frequent bouts of malaria. </p><p>Dan's grandmother, Idekur Apulmera, is his primary caretaker. She has received education and training about malaria prevention and control from the local VHT. She says of herself, &quot;It is only one eye that sees, but I am able to see that the household stays hygienic.&#160; I help the neighbors with household hygiene as well. I keep all of our dishes high up on the frames, and not on the ground, so we do not attract mosquitoes.&quot;</p><p><img alt="Enyur Dan Grandma 2 for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Enyur%20Dan%20Grandma%202%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Through the Lutheran malaria program, Enyur's family was also able to connect with a Village Savings and Loan Association in their community. They plan to borrow 100,000 shillings ($40 USD) from the association to purchase a wheelchair for Enyur. The Lutheran malaria program in Uganda has helped Enyur's family to provide the care he needs to be healthier and more independent. </p><p><em>(Photos&#58; Enyur, Enyur and his grandmother under his net, Enyur and his grandmother.)</em></p></div>07/08/2015Students in Northeastern Ohio raise over $1,000 towards ELCA Malaria CampaignBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/329http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/329<div class="ExternalClassF1D5B1A1CBA04907B70ABFFC6A6F63F0"><p>​Messiah Lutheran School has a history of generosity and supporting ELCA World Hunger. The ELCA-affiliated day school for students in Pre-K – 8th grade is located in Fairview Parks, just outside of Cleveland. &quot;Every new school year we look for a few international opportunities to serve, one that would help somewhere in the United States and one locally,&quot; said Priscilla Hinsch, a teacher and chapel co-leader at Messiah. </p><p>When Priscilla and Susan Wolcott, another teacher and chapel co-leader, heard about the ELCA Malaria Campaign at the Northeastern Ohio Synod assembly they decided to designate the malaria campaign as the recipient of chapel giving for their first quarter chapel offerings.</p><p>The Northeastern Ohio Synod sent Messiah Lutheran School a mosquito net and Hinsch and Wolcott set it up around the school to help students visualize the work supported by the malaria campaign. The visual helped students understand how mosquito nets are used in Africa to prevent mosquitoes carrying malaria from biting and infecting people while they sleep. They also put up a mosquito for every $10 raised to help students see how many nets could be purchased to prevent malaria and support the Lutheran malaria programs in the 13 African countries supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign. In total, the students raised $1,033.06 towards the ELCA Malaria Campaign.</p><p>This year, Messiah Lutheran&#160;is fundraising in support of Rise Up Together, the Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan. Chapel offerings at Messiah Lutheran will be designated to &quot;Diapers for Detroiters.&quot; Messiah Lutheran School has a number of adults and youth traveling to Detroit in July for the 2015 Youth Gathering along with 30,000 ELCA youth and adults from around the country to engage in service, fellowship and worship in the Motor City.</p><p>&quot;We are always looking for suggestions to increase our giving,&quot; Hinsch said, &quot;but no matter what our students bring in we give God the glory and pray that our gifts benefit all of God's children.&quot;</p><p>The Northeastern Ohio Synod, which Messiah Lutheran School is located within, raised $298,000 toward the ELCA Malaria Campaign, surpassing their $250,000 goal. The ELCA Malaria Campaign has raised $14.5 million to date towards the five year $15 million goal. Check out this <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=afwFBb72328"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">video</span></a> about how this $14.5 million has been at work in Africa and to help raise the final $500,000!</p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;<em>Ben Brown currently serves as an intern with ELCA World Hunger. Ben will be a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio this fall, studying Religion and Political Science.&#160;Ben is from Indianapolis, Indiana.</em></p></div>07/06/2015"I learned how to fight against malaria" - the Lutheran malaria program in BurundiBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/328http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/328<div class="ExternalClass8554C443BA894E77B49496A9F5914F5C"><p><img alt="Leonard and Letitcia for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Leonard%20and%20Letitcia%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Leonard Ndayisenga is no stranger to Lutheran World Federation (LWF)-Burundi programming. &#160;For several years he has been a participant in the Community Empowerment Program, an LWF-Burundi program supported by ELCA World Hunger. The Community Empowerment Program works to equip Burundians with knowledge and training in human rights, leadership and sustainable livelihoods. </p><p>In 2011, Leonard and several of his neighbors banded together to begin a banana collective. LWF provided them with disease-resistant banana seedlings and education on sustainable agricultural practices. Their endeavor has been successful, and this spring the banana collective was able to expand to three fields.&#160; Leonard and his fellow agricultural entrepreneurs have been able to share banana seedlings with their neighbors, as well, and they plan to begin cultivating pineapples later this year. </p><p>&quot;The banana trees are doing well,&quot; says Leonard, whose colleagues elected him leader of the banana collective.&#160; &quot;There are now many people in the association, and they have an increased confidence and courage now. We are all very satisfied and happy because the project wasn't just beneficial for us but also for others. We're proud to serve as a model.&quot;</p><p><img alt="Leonard in Mwiruzi banana field for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Leonard%20in%20Mwiruzi%20banana%20field%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Malaria, however, has presented an obstacle to Leonard's solid business plan. &quot;When my family is sick with malaria,&quot; he says, &quot;we have so many problems.&#160; When I am sick, it is difficult to work in the banana field and my business suffers. When my wife [Letitcia] and our child are sick, nothing gets done in the household; our home is paralyzed.&quot;</p><p>And so, when LWF-Burundi introduced the Lutheran malaria program last year, Leonard was eager to participate. &quot;I learned how to fight against malaria during the LWF training last spring,&quot; Leonard says. &quot;I learned how to recognize the signs of someone suffering from malaria&#58; high temperature, vomiting, bad taste in one's mouth, dizziness, loss of knowledge and awareness.&quot;&#160; </p><p>The LWF malaria program also connected Leonard with his local Community Health Worker, who is able to give health care advice at the local level.</p><p>This time, &quot;when my child got sick with malaria, I consulted with the Community Health Worker, and he advised me to go to the health center.&#160; They had medicine there.&quot;&#160; Leonard's three-year-old son, Idi Barake, received the malaria medication for free through a government subsidy program. He recovered fully.</p><p>Through his connection to the LWF Community Empowerment Program, Leonard has learned skills and become a community leader and entrepreneur, generating income to support his family.&#160; And through the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi, he has learned important ways to protect his family from malaria, and to access the health care that they need to flourish. Leonard and his family look forward to a successful and malaria-free future!</p><p>&#160;</p></div>06/30/2015We’re almost there- ELCA Malaria Campaign $500,000 away from raising $15 million!Ben Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/327http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/327<div class="ExternalClassAC0D9D6095AC475A88FA15E58551A9EB"><p>​The ELCA Malaria Campaign launched four years ago with a goal to raise $15 million. This campaign was in&#160;response to&#160;a global call by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to contain malaria by 2015. Thanks to this global effort, half as many people die from malaria today as in the year 2000, according to the World Health Organization. <strong>As of today, ELCA members and congregations—YOU—have raised $14.5 million and we are just $500,000 from reaching our goal! Thank you!</strong></p><p>This last $500,000 is critical to fully funding the work of our Lutheran partners in Namibia, the Central African Republic, and Burundi. The ELCA Malaria Campaign has created a fantastic&#160;<a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1JZRaeD">video</a>&#160;to show how your generous gifts are supporting our partners' work to contain malaria, and to announce just how close we are to fully funding&#160;all of the&#160;programs. <span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">Please&#160;share the <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1JZRaeD">video​</a>&#160;with ELCA members</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">,</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">&#160;congregations and Malaria Campaign supporters</span>. And don't forget to <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1IZR9nX">give</a> to help us reach the goal!</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/14.5M%20YouTube.JPG" alt="14.5M YouTube.JPG" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>You can view and download the video by clicking </em><a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1JZRaeD"><em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>The time is now!&#160;Please join us&#160;in this life-saving work&#160;by <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1IZR9nX">giving ​</a>to the ELCA Malaria Campaign and helping us reach our goal of $15 million by 2015.&#160;​​</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Bahiga%20Euphrasie%20and%20daughter%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Bahiga Euphrasie and daughter for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p></div>06/26/2015“We need to squish those mosquitoes”-Lutherans respond to call to end MalariaBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/325http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/325<div class="ExternalClass33D5D9AC1A11467491262BE395FE7632"><p>Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA has just surpassed the $5,000 mark, raising $5,185 dollars this year as part of their participation in the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Members at Lord of Life have helped raise some $17,000 over four years to help end Malaria. According to member Dorothy Sorrell &quot;it was obvious Lord of Life would help.&quot; when the ELCA Malaria Campaign began five years ago.</p><p>Dorothy says that Lord of Life has &quot;a true spirit of serving others&quot; as evidenced by their robust outreach ministries rooting&#160;Lord of Life and its members in their community as a place of worship, but also as neighbors to those in need. Lord of Life provides meals and shelter to people experiencing homelessness and helps ]furnish apartments for people moving out of homelessness, helps meet transportation needs for seniors in their community, and offers English as a second language (ESL) courses,&#160;Dorothy says learning the facts about Malaria was key—especially learning that people were dying from a disease that is preventable and treatable, including a child every 60 seconds (which has slowed from every 45 seconds five years ago, when the ELCA Malaria Campaign was launched, according to the World Health Organization)Lord of Life felt called to participate in the ELCA Malaria Campaign becasue of Lutheran malaria programs. &#160;Through support from the ELCA and our Lutheran companions, Lutheran Malaria programs in 13 countries are educating health care teams, pastors and other church leaders and building sustainable networks of education, prevention and treatment for malaria. </p><p><img alt="Lord of Life Fairfax.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Lord%20of%20Life%20Fairfax.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Lord of Life members have contributed to the campaign through a number of events and projects including Lenten and Vacation Bible School (VBS) offerings, selling pipecleaner mosquitoes and Mother's Day chrysanthemum corsages, and using this year's Malaria Campaign offering envelopes—an idea Dorothy says she got from the Malaria Campaign blog. Dorothy shared a story of one person's reaction to the ELCA Malaria Campaign—one of Lord of Life's youngest members, the Pastor's daughter. After a VBS closing event she asked that the ELCA Malaria Campaign be included in her family prayer time because, &quot;we need to squish those mosquitoes!&quot; The VBS children helped bring a personal connection to the ELCA Malaria Campaign by writing friendship cards to the children in the countries where the ELCA's Lutheran companions have malaria programs.</p><p>&#160;</p><p><em>Ben Brown currently serves as an intern with ELCA World Hunger. Ben will be a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio this fall, studying Religion and Political Science.&#160;Ben is from Indianapolis, Indiana.</em></p><p><em>&#160;</em></p><p><br>&#160;</p></div>06/19/2015Daniel Lesunguya - The Lutheran malaria program in TanzaniaBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/324http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/324<div class="ExternalClass22A4F5B146254887B0C02008C1DF0FEB"><p><img alt="Daniel Lesunguya for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Daniel%20Lesunguya%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;<em><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">Daniel Lesunguya, evangelist for the Bonde la Ruvu Lutheran Parish teaches congregants about how to prevent malaria, recognize its symptoms and seek medical care.</span></em></p><p>Daniel Lesunguya is the evangelist for the&#160;Bonde la Ruvu Parish of Tanzania.&#160;In addition to his theological training, Daniel also has training in malaria prevention.&#160;Daniel makes regular home visits to the members of the congregations he serves. He has noted an increased use in bed nets as a result of the education in the parish, and an increase in&#160;people&#160;seeking treatment at the health facilities when malaria symptoms arise.</p><p>As Daniel makes house visits, he says there have been several times when&#160;he's found someone in the household who is sick and he's able to recognize they have malaria symptoms. He prays for the sick person and&#160;advices them to seek medical treatment immediately.</p><p>There are 4 health centers serving the parish, but it can still be a great distance for members to travel to reach one. If they have the money, the can hire a piki piki (motorcycle) to take them, or sometimes they&#160;travel by donkey. Otherwise, they must travel by foot which can sometimes take more than a day because a person sick with malaria cannot walk quickly. If that is the case, they must spend the night in the bush and continue the next day.</p><p>The primary livelihood of the congregants is livestock farming. Some also have small-scale farming operations.</p><p>Daniel speaks about the challenge of developing healthy habits and behavoir​&#160;changes in the congregation. &quot;It is more difficult for them to accept something new,&quot; he says. Daniel also noted the difficulty of moving about such a large geographic area to sensitize people about malaria.&#160;</p><p>The church health facility is seeking a partnership with the government to help access more staffing and resources. That also means the facility will provide free malaria testing and treatment (plus other health services) to church health facility&#160;members.</p><p><em></em><em>The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign and implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo courtesy of LWR.</em><em> </em>​</p><p>​</p></div>06/17/2015