I wanted to share a resource that was developed by the Northwest
Synod of Washington, for their Synod Assembly in 2011, to tell the
stories of people whose lives are impacted by malaria.
Volunteers (mostly children) decorated cardboard cut-outs of people,
and short vignettes were affixed to the back. Each Synod Assembly
delegate received a “Story Person” on their chair. This action raised a
lot of awareness for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!
Malaria Stories for “Story people”
- I am Moyenda. I am 8 years old, and I live in Malawi with my mother
and my two sisters. Last year my littlest sister got malaria. The clinic
is three days’ walk away from my village. My sister was very sick, and
she didn’t make it. My family is sad. I am afraid that my other sisters
might get malaria.
- I am Joana. I live in Mozambique. I used to get malaria a lot— three
or four times a year. It made me achy, and very tired. Now my family
has a mosquito net, and we sleep underneath it. Since we got the
mosquito net, no one in my family has had malaria.
- I am Oba. I live in Cameroon. I was just born, and I am healthy.
While she was pregnant with me, my mother went to a clinic and got some
medicine for malaria, so she was healthy during the pregnancy. I weighed
8 pounds when I was born! Everyone rejoiced because I was such a big,
- I am Nyasha. I live in Zimbabwe with my little sister Daya and my
mother. The Lutheran Church is building a clinic in my village! We are
very excited. Now when we feel sick, we can go to the doctors to find
out whether it is malaria, and they can help us to feel better.
- I am Maria. My granddaughter Chikondi lives with me. She calls me
“Agogo Maria.” That means grandmother. I praise God that my
granddaughter is healthy—she has no fever. We have friends in America
who care about us and help us to fight malaria inMalawi.
- I am Desta. I live in Ethiopia. Last year, my one-year-old son died
of malaria. I was so sad, and I wanted to do something to help other
families keep their children safe from malaria. Now I am part of a
Village Health Team, and I teach others in my village what to do if
they, or their children, get malaria. I use a bicycle to travel to other
villages to teach them, too. Last week, we cleaned up many puddles of
water where mosquitoes like to breed. Soon our villages will be safer
for all the children.
- I am Musa. I am 9 years old, and I live in Tanzania. Last time I had
malaria, I became very sick. I could not go to school, and I could not
help my mother fetch water. My mother took me to the clinic, and the
doctor gave me some medicine and a mosquito net for our family’s bed.
Now I feel much better.
- I am Amani. I live in Liberia. At school we learned about malaria
from the teacher. One day my little sister Kendi started to shake and
her skin became very hot. I told my parents what I learned in school,
and they decided to take Kendi to the clinic. Now she is feeling much