ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Fertile Ground: A message of thanksgiving from the ELCA Malaria CampaignJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/279http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/279<div class="ExternalClassCA68E1928DE645068EC7D7B3355803C1"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;I wo</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">uld like to thank the people from the ELCA, for the help which they are rendering to us. This shows us that there are people who care.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">One thing I am sure of is that [the members of the ELCA] believe that people should be the hands and the feet of God.&quot;</span></p><p>This message of thanks comes from Clement Rafael Banda, formerly&#160;the&#160;Malaria Livelihood Officer for the Lutheran malaria program in Zambia. He continues, &quot;Through the Lutheran malaria program in Zambia, people are being impacted; people's lives are really changing for the better. So the help is falling on fertile ground. This program is giving people an opportunity to better themselves.&#160; And it also means that families will be happy, and this program is helping people to lead a fulfilled life.&quot; </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zambia%20RC%20kiddo%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Zambia RC kiddo for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><strong>Your support is falling on fertile ground! </strong>The seeds of generosity that you have sown through your support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign have taken root in the lives of many people in Zambia and in 12 other countries in Africa. Your gifts are allowing others to meet their goals of health and wholeness, and to lead a fulfilled life.&#160; And so <strong>we give thanks to God for you!</strong></p><p>As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, know that you are a blessing to God's family all over the world. If you plan to celebrate <a href="http&#58;//www.givingtuesday.org/">Giving Tuesday</a> on Tuesday, December 2, please consider making a gift to the <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/malaria/donate">ELCA Malaria Campaign</a>! Your gift will plant the seeds of hope.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zambia%20MJ%20farmland%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Zambia MJ farmland for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p></div>11/26/2014"We have realized many benefits" - The Lutheran malaria program in ZimbabweAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/278http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/278<div class="ExternalClass49D53CD1E3D34FE7A8172ED4F371E590"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Lutheran malaria program in Zimbabwe supports comprehensive malaria programming based on prevention, education, treatment and sustainable livelihoods. Overall health and wellness are promoted throughout these pillars of programming. One initiative of the Lutheran malaria program supports the formation of groups with a focus on Internal Savings and Lending Skills (ISALS). &#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">There are over 300 ISALS groups in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe, and they are making a lasting impact. Participation in these groups contributes to better nutrition and improved access to education.</span></p><p>Members of ISALS groups undergo training in a variety of courses relating to financial literacy and wellness. They take part in <strong>five training modules</strong> which include individual self-screening, writing a constitution, best practices for effective group leadership, fund development in order to increase profits, and recordkeeping.​</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/ISALS%206%20small.jpg" alt="ISALS 6 small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; An ISALS group member (right) shares her story alongside&#160;Malaria Field Officer&#160;Kelton Ncube&#160;(left).&#160;</em></p><p>Each member of an ISALS group contributes a certain amount of money per month into a shared fund. Income is generated by small business ventures like farming projects or the sale of hand-made goods. These small businesses are kick-started by loans from the Lutheran malaria program. The collected savings of ISALS members can be loaned to group members with an interest rate of 10%. The borrower pays back the loan according to an agreed-upon time schedule. Loans have been used to buy seeds to plant or to purchase additional livestock. </p><p>One ISALS group in Burure, Zimbabwe is generating income through small farming projects. There are 24 women who are a part of this particular group. The women raise chickens and goats, and also are doing some planting and farming. They started out with a loan from the Lutheran malaria program, but are now self-sustaining because they continue to realize profits. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/ISALS%201%20small.jpg" alt="ISALS 1 small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The ISALS group in Burure, Zimbabwe</em></p><p>The ISALS are providing a positive impact for the women who participate. One woman said, &quot;<strong>The ISALS group has helped us to pay school fees and expenses when [my children] are sick. We have realized many benefits. We don't experience hunger like we used to</strong>.&quot; </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/ISALS%207%20small.jpg" alt="ISALS 7 small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; These women are ISALS group members, and can use their earnings to keep their families safe from malaria.&#160;</em></p><p>The ISALS groups are a direct initiative of the Lutheran malaria program in Zimbabwe, and ISALS group members are closely connected to malaria&#160;resources. One group member said, &quot;<strong>One of my children contracted malaria. A local malaria volunteer helped my child to get treatment</strong>.&quot; Increased income, self-sustaining businesses, and improved access to malaria care are just three of the reasons how ISALS are making a positive impact in Zimbabwe.</p></div>11/24/2014An Array of Ideas for Advent!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/277http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/277<div class="ExternalClass8F41DBB269764416BD8CF146F24D27B4"><p>​​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The first Sunday in Advent is just over a week away!&#160;There are numerous ways that you and your congregation can support the ELCA Malaria Campaign throughout this season.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></span></p><p><strong>ELCA Good Gifts</strong></p><p>Many congregations like to commemorate the season with Alternative Gift Fairs using <a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts">ELCA Good Gifts</a>. The ELCA Good Gifts Catalog offers more than 50 gifts to give in honor of a friend or loved one. These gifts support the many ministries of the ELCA, and several Good Gifts benefit the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Mosquito nets and medical care are among the gifts that you can choose. To see all of the ELCA Good Gifts which relate to malaria, click <a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/GoodGifts-Malaria">here</a>. </p><p>Once you've chosen a gift, be sure to tell the honoree. The ELCA offers printable cards and e-cards so that you can announce your gift. You can view all of the cards by clicking <a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/GoodGifts-Print-a-card">here</a>. We also offer free printed cards (professionally printed on cardstock), which you can order by emailing <a href="mailto&#58;malaria@elca.org">malaria@elca.org</a> or calling 773-380-2724. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Net%20Card%20Front%202014%20small.jpg" alt="Net Card Front 2014 small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; You can make a gift in honor of a loved one and announce it with a card like this one.&#160;&#160;​</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><strong>2014 Malaria&#160;Advent Calendar</strong></p><p>Emily Harkins, Malaria Campaign Synod Coordinator for the North Carolina Synod, created a&#160;mosquito-themed Advent calendar and shared it&#160;with the Malaria Campaign staff. Thanks, Emily!&#160;This calendar would be great to use with Sunday School-aged children or youth as they learn about the ELCA Malaria Campaign. </p><p>Here's how it works&#58;</p><ul><li>Tape one quarter ($.25) on each Sunday in Advent</li><li>Tape two quarters ($.50) on every other day of the month</li><li>On the last Sunday in Advent, the coins will add up to $10</li><li>$10 is enough to buy on long-lasting insecticide-treated net through the ELCA Malaria Campaign!</li></ul><p>Would you like a PDF copy of this calendar to use in your home or congregation? If so, email <a href="mailto&#58;malaria@elca.org">malaria@elca.org</a> and you will receive one by email. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Advent%20Calendar%20small.jpg" alt="Advent Calendar small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />​<br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Use this Advent calendar throughout the season and raise $10 - enough for a net!</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><strong>New this Year – Advent Tree Ornament Pack</strong></p><p>Check out this new Gift Fair resource! Decorate your congregation's Christmas tree with these ornaments -- a goat, fruit tree or a mosquito net, for example -- that represent your congregation's fundraising goals. One package contains 30 assorted ornaments of 15 different gifts ranging from $10-$500 each. The back of the ornament allows an individual or family to personalize their ornament with their name and year. Ornaments can be ordered <a href="http&#58;//resources.elca.org/ELCA_Good_Gifts-Advent_Tree_Ornament_Pack_1.html">here</a>.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Advent%20Ornaments%20small.jpg" alt="Advent Ornaments small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Adorn your congregation's tree with ornaments like these.&#160;</em></p><p><br></p></div>11/21/2014New Resource: Catch the Buzz Booster Pack!Jessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/276http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/276<div class="ExternalClass69400096365241D6A611A2D683EE268B"><p>​This summer, many ELCA congregations lifted up the ELCA Malaria Campaign by using our children's resource <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/malaria/resources">&quot;Catch the Buzz!&quot;</a> as the basis of their Vacation Bible School curriculum. (To read stories of two of​ these congregations, click <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/241">here</a> and <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/247">here</a>.)​</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Holy%20Cross%20NJ%20Marla%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Holy Cross NJ Marla for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>We are thrilled that many of these congregations took the time to share their feedback with us&#58; what worked, what didn't; and the&#160;new and creative ideas that they&#160;implemented&#160;to bring &quot;Catch the Buzz!&quot; to life&#160;in their congregations.&#160;</p><p>Based on that wonderful feedback, we have created a new resource-- a supplement to the original &quot;Catch the Buzz!&quot; curriculum that we're callin​​g the <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/malaria/resources">&quot;Catch the Buzz Booster Pack.&quot;</a> &#160;Like the original, it's free and available for download on our website, and chock-full of helpful ideas to make it easy for you to introduce the ELCA Malaria Campaign into your Vacation Bible School or Sunday School curriculum!​</p><p><a href="http&#58;//elca.org/malaria/resources"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Catch%20the%20Buzz%20booster%20pack%20icon%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Catch the Buzz booster pack icon for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />​</a><br>The Booster Pack includes helpful tips and tricks for decorating your space, additional games and activities, clip art, stories, fundraisers, costumes, crafts, service projects and educational lessons about mosquitoes, malaria and our sisters and brothers in Africa.</p><p>&quot;Catch the Buzz&quot; and the &quot;Catch the Buzz Booster Pack&quot;&#160;are treasure troves of ideas for your congregation's youth work! Whether you're looking for a curriculum for one activity, one VBS week, or a whole month or two of Sunday School, &quot;Catch the Buzz!&quot; has what you need. <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/malaria/resources">Download it today</a>!</p></div>11/17/2014A new fundraising milestone - $13 Million!Jessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/275http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/275<div class="ExternalClassD5F6B2298FEC4E68B198085F04104B1C"><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;17px;"><strong>​&quot;</strong></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;17px;"><strong>I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love</strong></span><a style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></a><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;17px;"><strong>&#160;towards all the saints, and for this reason&#160;</strong></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;17px;"><strong>I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. &quot;</strong></span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;font-size&#58;17px;"><strong>​ &#160;-Ephesians 1&#58;15-16</strong></span><br></p><p></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/thank-you%20fo%20rweb.jpg" alt="thank-you fo rweb.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>Dear supporters of the ELCA Malaria Campaign,&#160;</p><p><strong>THANK YOU! </strong>&#160;Because of your generosity, we have reached a new milestone in giving&#58; the ELCA Malaria Campaign has now raised more than $13 million!</p><p>This puts us <em>well on our wa</em><em>y</em> to reaching&#160;our goal of $15 million by the end of 2015. Thanks to the outpouring of gifts, we're even ahead of schedule.&#160;The money that you give&#160;supports malaria programs implemented by our Lutheran companions and partners in Africa--programs that help communities to reach their goals of increased health, of renewed hope, of wholeness in&#160;body and spirit.</p><p>Thank you for your love towards all the saints.&#160;Each gift to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, no matter the size, contributes to the efforts we are undertaking, together with our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Africa, to help <strong>make malaria history</strong>.&#160;</p><p>We give thanks for you!</p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">With deep gratitude,&#160;</span><div><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">ELCA Malaria Campaign staff<br></span><p><br></p></div></div>11/13/2014Sustainable Livelihoods in Zimbabwe: Rwadziwainoyo Goat Cooperative Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/274http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/274<div class="ExternalClass1262556F35D54ED799A8AB3B2C2032EA"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​​The ELCA</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> Malaria Campaign supports malaria programming that is comprehensive. This means that in addition to preventing and treating malaria, the Lutheran malaria program also works to reduce the burden of poverty on communities where malaria thrives. Households that participate in income generating activities can use their earnings for malaria treatment or medical transport, should they become sick. &#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/DSC_6549-M%20small.jpg" alt="DSC_6549-M small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; A cooperative member stands outside of the goat corral.&#160;</em></span></p><p>The Rwadziwainoyo Goat Cooperative is one example of a sustainable livelihoods project. The Cooperative is located in the Burure region of Zimbabwe and is led by four women in the community. The Cooperative members were given a $700 grant through the Lutheran malaria program in Zimbabwe to begin their business. They organized themselves by forming a constitution and writing a business plan. They also received training on accounting practices to learn how to properly keep the books. Using their grant of seed money, they built a corral and purchased some goats. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/IMG_3448%20goat-M%20small.jpg" alt="IMG_3448 goat-M small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; One of many goats at the coooperative.&#160;</em></p><p>After six months, the corral was home to 16 goats! The women were able to repay their $700 grant of seed money to the Lutheran malaria program. The money went back into a revolving fund, so more grants can be given for additional income generating projects. They sold some of the goats and were able to purchase a cow. After a while, they sold the cow, and were able to realize some profits from that sale. Presently, they have 12 goats and have some profits saved in the bank. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/IMG_3449%20goat%20coop%20ldr-M%20small.jpg" alt="IMG_3449 goat coop ldr-M small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; A cooperative member and her child.&#160;</em></p><p>During the rainy season, malaria tends to be worse because the mosquito population rises. This past rainy season, the cooperative members were able to lend some of their money to those in need of malaria treatment and medical transport. The Rwadziwainoyo Goat Cooperative is a source of income in Burure, and the generous cooperative members use that income to make sure that their community stays healthy and free from malaria!</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/DSC_6550-M%20small.jpg" alt="DSC_6550-M small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Goats and the corral.&#160;</em></p></div>11/11/2014