ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/“Go home and educate your neighbors” – The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiAshley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/339http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/339<div class="ExternalClassA57536A9571F4DEABFB35E877EFAF7FC"><p>​​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">D</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">uring a community malaria competition in Nyamugari, Burundi, crowd participation was encouraged!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Hundreds of people gathered together in the Nyamugari town square to witness three local health clubs presenting dramas, skits and songs aimed at educating others about malaria prevention and control.</span><br></p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160; ​​​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/pic%201.jpg" alt="pic 1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" /></p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">After the three dramatic performances, leaders of the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi quizzed the crowd to see what they had learned.&#160;&#160; They asked questions such as&#58;</span><ul><li>&quot;How does a person get malaria?&quot; (through the bite of an infected mosquito) </li><li>&quot;What are the symptoms of malaria?&quot; (high fever, nausea, vomiting, malaise, fatigue)</li><li>&quot;What can happen to a pregnant woman if she gets malaria?&quot; (She can suffer anemia, the baby can be born prematurely or with low birth weight, she could die.) </li></ul><p>&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;&#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/pic%203.jpg" alt="pic 3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" /></p><p>The lively crowd, eager to show off their newfound malaria knowledge, raised hands and objects to attract the judges' attention.&#160; Judges included a local political leader, a community health worker (employee of the government clinic) and representatives of the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi. </p><p>The judges called on individuals to answer each question; a correct answer earned the participant a prize. Prizes were both health-related and practical&#58; bars of soap for personal hygiene and laundering mosquito nets, umbrellas to keep the sun at bay and protect skin, and jerry cans for transporting clean water.<img alt="" style="width&#58;258px;margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/pic%202.jpg" alt="pic 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;281px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" /></p><p>After the quiz was successfully completed, local leaders encouraged all attendees to go home and educate their neighbors about malaria prevention and control. Through dramatic presentations and crowd participation, malaria knowledge is reinforced and entire communities are equipped to implement malaria prevention and control measures that help keep all community members safe and healthy.</p></div>08/26/2015In Virginia, vacation Bible school raises over $2,000 towards ELCA Malaria Campaign Ashley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/338http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/338<div class="ExternalClass881426C3D1564D9DB5DD7FAAD668A0FE"><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">This week's story was written by Nancy Fox of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesburg, Va.</em></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></em></p><p>Every year, vacation Bible school participants at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesburg, Va., select an outreach program to be the recipient of the daily offerings. This year the ELCA Malaria Campaign was chosen. The teachers loved the resources that were available, and although they did not use the Malaria Campaign vacation Bible school curriculum, they incorporated many of the curriculum's ideas into their own program. Each day at opening, Marla the Mosquito and Plasmo the Parasite visited, using the script from the materials provided by the campaign as a starting point.&#160; The teachers liked to improvise the remainder of the opening. &#160;</p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Marla%20%20Plasmo.png" alt="Marla and Plasmo" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;250px;height&#58;303px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" />&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Marla%20looking%20a%20little%20upset%20with%20her%20potato%20bug%20%20purse!%202.png" alt="Marla looking upset with her potato bug purse!!" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;260px;height&#58;269px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" />&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;12px;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;12px;">&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;12px;">Marla and Plasmo &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;12px;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;12px;">Marla looking upset</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;12px;"> with her potato bug purse!​</span></p><p>At closing each day, the offering totals were announced, along with how many mosquito nets that money would purchase. Marla wore a different color net each day to show the children the progress they were making toward reaching the goal of 200 nets!&#160;During snack time, a storyteller read a section from &quot;Mimi's Village&quot;<em> </em>to help the children understand more about malaria.&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">The book did a great job of helping the children make the connection between basic health care and malaria treatment and prevention.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span></p><p>Everyone, staff and children alike, seemed very connected to the cause and excited to be able to help. In fact, Marla was supposed to miss a day of vacation Bible school due to a previously scheduled appointment but was so touched by the children's response to her and the ELCA Malaria Campaign that she rearranged her schedule so she could be present for the entire week. The children loved seeing her buzz around during the day.</p><p> &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria%20Progress.JPG" alt="Malaria Progress.JPG" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;290px;height&#58;219px;" />&#160;<span style="font-size&#58;12px;line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;</span><span style="font-size&#58;12px;line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; Malaria progress!</span></p><p>There were&#160;145 children, grades pre-K through sixth, and approximately 70 volunteers involved in vacation Bible school at Holy Trinity. The total offering for the week was $2,051.07, or 205 mosquito nets!</p></div>08/19/2015(HC2) - The Lutheran malaria program in Uganda Ashley Debilzenhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/337http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/337<div class="ExternalClass773AF0997219481EA4EDFBAB0CE5331F"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​&quot;Since the Lutheran malaria program came, malaria cases in our area have gone down,&quot; says Teckla, a nurse in Katakwi, Uganda.</span></p><p>Teckla and her colleagues Lucy, Pascaline and Betty are health workers at a government clinic in Katakwi, Uganda. Their clinic is designated a &quot;Health Center II,&quot; which means it's a local clinic that provides mostly pre-natal care and treatment for simpler diseases or infections. More complicated cases are referred to a Health Center III or Health Center IV—larger, regional hospitals with more sophisticated resources.&#160;</p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/blog%201.jpg" alt="blog 1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;363px;height&#58;245px;" /></em>&#160;</p><p><em><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;(Photo&#58; L to R&#58; Lucy, Teckla, Pascaline, Betty)</em><br></em></p><p>Volunteers with Village Health Teams, called VHTs, are trained by the Lutheran malaria program andprovide malaria care at the local level, through community events and household visits.&#160; Once a month, they report to the Health Center II about the cases that they have tested and treated that month.<img alt="" style="width&#58;199px;margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p>Nurse Teckla noted some additional achievements that had been made in cooperation with the LWF (Lutheran World Federation) malaria program&#58; &quot;cases of severe malaria have decreased, especially in under-5 children.&#160; Collaboration with the VHTs is very good, because it means they can make instant referrals to our health center when someone has a severe case of malaria.&#160; The patient can choose what to do, of course, but the VHT encourages them to come to the clinic.&#160; The target groups of the Lutheran program—pregnant women, children under 5, people living with HIV and AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children—these groups are very happy now because they get help at the local level.&quot;&#160;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/blog%202.jpg" alt="blog 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;203px;height&#58;140px;vertical-align&#58;baseline;" />&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;</span><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">(Photo&#58; Teckla)</em><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"></em></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Betty</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">, a midwife at the health center, added &quot;as a midwife, I can report that mothers are happy with the nets and malaria medicines that are given to them [from the Lutheran malaria program].&#160; Because malaria cases are down, we have more time to see maternity patients with other diseases, like urinary tract infections, respiratory infections and diarrhea.&quot;&#160;</span></p><p>​ &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/blog%203.jpg" alt="blog 3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;203px;height&#58;142px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" />&#160;</p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; (Photo&#58; Betty)</em><br></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Pascaline is a nursing assistant.&#160; She adds, &quot;The LWF program has been supplying ACTs [malaria medication]. Since the Lutheran program came, there have been no more malaria medication ACT stock-outs.&#160; The LWF program also supplies Rapid Diagnostic Tests, so now we are testing first, and only people who test positive get the malaria medication.&quot;&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/blog%204.jpg" alt="blog 4.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;203px;height&#58;140px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" />&#160; &#160;&#160;</em></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160; &#160;&#160;(Photo&#58; Pascaline)</em></p><p>&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">During July and August of 2013 (the rainy season), 291 children under 5 were tested for malaria. 220 of them, or 76%, tested positive. After several months of malaria programming in those communities, the statistics had improved greatly.&#160; During the next rainy season (February and March 2014), 376 under-5 children were tested, and only 87 of them (23%) were found to have malaria.​</span></p><p>&quot;The Lutheran malaria program and the VHTs are doing a lot of great work,&quot; confirms Nurse Teckla.</p></div>08/12/2015Small Church Catches the Buzz and Makes a BIG Difference, Globally and Locally!Gabriella DeStefano and Isabella DeStefanohttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/336http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/336<div class="ExternalClassCECE30A3630E4CB089C7463DC1EFDAD7"><p> <span style="font-family&#58;'segoe ui', segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">​Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dorothy, New Jersey has a small congregation and only ten students in its Sunday School, ranging in age from four to thirteen.&#160; However, this small church, led by Pastor Richard Holzer, has displayed mighty fundraising prowess and the ability to affect lives globally and locally. (Pictured&#58;&#160;&quot;Catching the Buzz&quot; is the multi-generational Bethlehem Lutheran&#160;congregation)</span></p><p> <img alt="catch the buzz4 for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/catch%20the%20buzz4%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>For several years, the Sunday School practiced stewardship by donating goats, cows, bees and chicks through God's Global Barnyard. The students would make and sell crafts, Christmas cards, and snacks to raise funds. The &quot;Buck a Chick&quot; program was very successful and the students learned to appreciate the small role an egg and chick could play in combating global hunger. The students also worked toward eradicating hunger on the local level through donations to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Atlantic City Public Schools following Hurricane Sandy. The congregation and Sunday School also donated labor and materials toward a local Habitat for Humanity home. (Pictured&#58;&#160;Gabriella DeStefano offering a mosquito&#160;cookie to Pastor Holzer)</p><p> <img alt="catch the buzz 2 (2) for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/catch%20the%20buzz%202%20(2)%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Some Sunday School students were fortunate to meet a recipient of ELCA's goats and other animals. Gabriella, Isabella and Alex DeStefano met Amalia, a native of Namibia, whose village benefitted from ELCA's God's Global Barnyard program. Amalia also told them of the dire need for clean, safe water in Africa. After sharing Amalia's story with the congregation, &quot;Project Clean Water&quot; was launched. The Sunday School worked with the congregation and South Jersey Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to raise enough money to fund a well in Namibia.&#160;(Pictured&#58; Pastor Richard Holzer &quot;Catching the Buzz with a mosquito cookie)</p><p> <img alt="catch the buzz 3 for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/catch%20the%20buzz%203%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Once the fundraising goal was reached, the Sunday School contacted&#160; ELCA and learned that the World Hunger program builds wells around the world. While there were no current well projects in Namibia, they could provide a well to a village in Tanzania.&#160; The Sunday School students then decided to &quot;Catch the Buzz&quot; and raise funds for Namibia's malaria prevention program.&#160; They gave shirts designed by Justin Haye to the congregation featuring a well and a malaria mosquito. The Sunday School also hosted a coffee hour with mosquito cookies and themed decorations. (Pictured&#58; Sunday School students &quot;Catching the Buzz&quot;)</p><p> <img alt="catch the buzz for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/catch%20the%20buzz%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Bethlehem Lutheran successfully raised $2,500 to fund a Tanzanian well and $1,000 for malaria prevention in Namibia. While the Sunday School program may be small in size, the efforts of the students have affected lives on a big scale! The children were inspired and guided by the quote from 2 Corinthians 9&#58;6-7&#58; <em>T</em><em>he point is this&#58; whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. </em></p><p> <em></em>&#160;</p><p>A special thanks to Gabriella DeStefano and Isabella DeStefano for writing this story and to Donna Hayes for sharing it with the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Of course, thank you to the members of&#160;Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church for sharing their gifts to support Lutheran malaria programs in Africa!</p></div>07/31/2015Pastor Andrea Senkoro – The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania Ben Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/335http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/335<div class="ExternalClassD37B9075753F4BCA87A67A99AFC7C57B"><p>Bonde la Ruvu Lutheran Parish<br> Pare Diocese, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania<br><img alt="Pastor Andrea Senkoro for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Pastor%20Andrea%20Senkoro%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><strong>Pastor Andrea Senkoro</strong> received malaria prevention and treatment training in 2010 when at the Mwanga Parish. He was Northern District Pastor at that time. From there, he went to Usangi Parish. He has served Bonde la Ruvu Parish since January 2014, replacing Pastor Mmwiri who is furthering his studies at Makumira University near Arusha</p><p>As district pastor, he encourages the other pastors in his district to talk about malaria in their congregations; malaria is included on the agenda for district pastor meetings. Pastor Senkoro wraps malaria education into comprehensive wellness programming he provides his congregants, including proper sanitation, safe water handling, economic capacity and malaria.</p><p>Malaria is talked about in sermons and at crusade meetings. &quot;Ignorance is a hindrance to malaria sensitization,&quot; says Pastor Senkoro. He noted the taboo about sleeping under a bed net, that it is like being buried or inside a grave. People who have not received schooling, like the Maasai in the congregations he serves now, hold more tightly to traditional beliefs so it's more difficult to get them to change their behavior. For&#160;instance,&#160;when a child show symptoms of malaria, they may believe that child is bewitched and take them to a witch doctor instead of to a health facility to receive treatment.</p><p>In his previous parish (Usangi)&#160;Pastor Senkoro&#160;found it easier to get people to change their behavior when it came to malaria. The information was well-adopted, but he also&#160;had easier access to his congregants as that area had better infrastructure and they receveived more education. It was also a smaller parish.</p><p>But Pastor Sekoro says he is not discouraged by slow progress he faces in the new parish. &quot;I'll never give up,&quot; he says.&#160; &quot;Mosquito nets are not enough,&quot; he says. Many families have a large number of children and they can't all be covered by the few nets they can afford. Inside one boma many people can be infected which makes it easier for it to spread to others. &quot;To be attacked by malaria is very easy,&quot; says Pastor Senkoro.</p><p>Combating malaria &quot;must be the duty of many stakeholders.&quot; He believes the church, both leaders and lay members, and the government all must take part in efforts to reduce malaria deaths.</p><p>When he came to Bonde la Ruvu Parish, he found there was already awareness about malaria among the congregants. The previous pastor had been quite active in malaria education and used several approaches to educate the members, including dramas and poems by the youth.</p><p>There have been no malaria deaths yet this year in the parish; however, there were three women who miscarried while they were sick with malaria.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>The pastor actually had malaria at the time of this interview (he stays in congregants homes when he travels from congregation to congregation and often sleeps without a net because there isn't one for him there). But he recognized the symptoms early and sought treatment. He had just completed his dose but was still feeling sick. &quot;I'm giving you a smile but it's not my real smile,&quot; he said while I took his photo.</p><p>The parish has 28 congregations and the geographic area covered by his parish is 165 km in diameter. 15 evangelists also serve the parish; each serves 2 or 3 congregations.<br> <br></p></div>07/29/2015ELCA Youth are engaged in the work of our church, ELCA Malaria CampaignBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/334http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/334<div class="ExternalClass31A8E5875E85435CB65E6F257A5A8D67"><p>​Last week, July 15-19, about 30,000 youth plus another couple thousand volunteers and partners of the ELCA arrived in Detroit. As a part of these triennial ELCA Youth Gatherings, ELCA World Hunger develops a fundraising event for the youth of the ELCA to rally around and to make their mark on the mission of the ELCA's World Hunger and Disaster Appeal. For the Gathering in Detroit, ELCA World Hunger called on the youth of the ELCA to raise $500,000, which is to be matched for a grand total of $1 million for ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water. This money will be used to support ELCA companions and partners <span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">around the</span> world and here in the United States with water projects to support the advancement of access to clean and sustainable water sources. </p><p><img alt="Malaria-Dan2 for web.jpg" src="https&#58;//search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Dan2%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;0px;" />&#160;</p><p>The youth certainly responded, raising about $402,000 by week's end. However, we are not just a church by&#160;the size of the check we write to our neighbors in need. We are also a church by&#160;community we create around worship, fellowship and, of course, service – service that happened all across the city of Detroit but also within the Cobo Center where the partners of &quot;Proclaim Community&quot; spent their week, including the Walk for Water. </p><p>ELCA World Hunger's&#160;Walk for Water was not only about raising $1 million to financially support water projects. It was also an opportunity for youth, their adult leaders, volunteers and the ELCA as a whole to learn and talk about what it means to not have access to clean water, to walk the average 3.7 miles women in Sub-Saharan Africa walk for clean water, to learn about water-borne and water-related illnesses and, most importantly, what we as a church are doing about it through campaigns such as the ELCA Malaria Campaign. </p><p><img alt="Malaria-Ben5 for web.jpg" src="https&#58;//search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Ben5%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;">Part of the education element of the Walk for Water was a &quot;clinic&quot; along the tenth of a mile track (1/37<sup>th</sup> of the length women in Sub-Saharan Africa walk on average every day for water). When walkers arrived at the clinic, they were diagnosed with a water-borne or water-related illness, either a diarrheal disease, worms or malaria based on a symbol on their 40-pound jug of water. If a walker was diagnosed with malaria, they would proceed to three green cots where a staff member or volunteer would give them two red jelly beans to symbolize the anti-malarial medications used to treat patients diagnosed with malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. The staff person or volunteer would then talk to the walker about malaria, how they got malaria and how it relates to the Walk for Water, how malaria is treated and its symptoms, and how malaria is a disease of inequality not scarcity, the theme of sorts for the Walk for Water space following <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyNdMl-TC0I"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Mikka McCracken's speech</span></a> from the stage at Ford Field.</p><p>The ELCA Malaria Campaign is in its fifth and final year, raising more than $14.5 million toward a $15 million goal as part of a global effort to contain malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ELCA Malaria Campaign shone brightly at the ELCA Walk for Water space. When asked how people contract malaria, how much mosquito nets cost and if there is enough money in the entire world to provide those nets to all who need one, Walk for Water participants nearly shouted their answers! </p><p><img alt="Malaria-Ben7 for web.jpg" src="https&#58;//search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Ben7%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Countless congregations that have been active in the ELCA Malaria Campaign were present at ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water, and both their successful fundraising and education efforts were on display. In the Walk for Water clinic space in Cobo, staff and volunteers reported to participants that the ELCA Malaria Campaign was part of a global effort, which since 2015 has helped to cut malaria deaths in half worldwide! Youth from congregations participating in the Malaria Campaign knew the cost of nets, how they work and why women get sick while walking for water. Adult leaders and youth participants were eager to share with us in that space how their congregations responded to the call to contain malaria and were eager to know what happens next.</p><p>The ELCA Malaria Campaign has raised more than $14.5 million toward the $15 million goal, but it has also done so much more. It has taught children, youth and adults within this church, the ELCA, what malaria is and has helped spread the knowledge of how to prevent this disease, a disease of inequality not scarcity, a preventable disease. They shared, nodded and asked questions about why when malaria nets cost only about $10, people are still getting sick and sometimes dying from this preventable disease. The ELCA Malaria Campaign has successfully been a part of a global malaria campaign to ask the tough questions, find the answers, support our partners and companions and respond with the energy, enthusiasm and faith that shone brightly last week in Detroit.</p><p>&#160;<img alt="Malaria-Ben2 for web.jpg" src="/blogs/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Ben2%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></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></div>07/24/2015