ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/An 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>11/11/2014Supporting the ELCA Malaria Campaign with Gifts of MusicAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/273http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/273<div class="ExternalClassD5BF1BF41D404D9FA9CAE2875B2A1861"><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Twelve accomplished musicians showcased their talents at &quot;An Afternoon of Just Music&quot;, presented by Advent Lutheran Church of Arlington, VA. Members of the congregation and another nearby congregation played selections and sang in a wide variety of music.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The audience was treated to music on the steel pan drums, organ, piano, violin, cello, guitar, and French horn.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/1%20cropped.jpg" alt="1 cropped.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; Nancy Jairrels, Susan Maly, Grag Maly and James Broughel sing and strum at &quot;An Afternoon of Just Music&quot;</em></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The music ranged from classics by Bach, to beloved hymns like &quot;What a Friend We Have in Jesus&quot;, to the 1960s blues hit &quot;(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay&quot;. </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The event included a freewill offering for the ELCA Malaria Campaign, with remarks from Dorothy Sorrell, ELCA Malaria Campaign Synod Coordinator for the Metro DC Synod.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/7%20cropped.jpg" alt="7 cropped.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; Daniel Cerveny performs on horn.&#160;</em></span></p><p>Pastor Anna Anderson of Advent Lutheran opened and closed the concert with prayer. She offered petitions for those suffering from malaria and prayed that we might see an end to the disease.&#160;</p><p>​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/5%20cropped.jpg" alt="5 cropped.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" />​<br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; David Dai performs on violin.&#160;</em></p><p>The concert programs contained some fast facts about malaria, so that those in attendance could learn a bit more about the illness. We are at a critical moment in history where many governments, non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations are working to end deaths from malaria for good. The ELCA Malaria Campaign is a part of this global movement, and the efforts of congregations like Advent Lutheran Church are making a life-saving difference! &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;</p><p><em>Thanks to all of the musicians who shared their talents in support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign and thanks to Advent Lutheran Church for hosting such a stellar afternoon of music!</em></p></div>11/07/2014Malaria and Ebola: Part 2Jessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/272http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/272<div class="ExternalClass256A87EC99FC49808425CDF6618822DD"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Ebola crisis that continues to rage in West Africa has wide-ranging repercussions.&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In areas where Ebola is most prevalent, efforts to control other diseases (such as malaria) are greatly hindered. Hunger and food insecurity are becoming increasingly problematic.</span></p><p>Last week, the BBC published <a href="http&#58;//www.bbc.com/news/health-29756066">this article</a> that lifts up some of the ways in which the efforts to contain Ebola are threatening the efforts to contain malaria, which until recently were bringing much success. The article quotes Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, who heads the international Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. &quot;But now, understandably,&quot; she says, &quot;all the health workers' attention is on Ebola. We used to see hospital beds with three children in them at a time, because there was not enough space. Now those pediatric wards are becoming ghost areas, because of the lack of manpower there. So we don't know who has malaria, and who is dying from it.&quot;</p><p>In Liberia, the nation hardest-hit by Ebola, the sheer number of Ebola cases has severely overtaxed the health system, leaving substantially fewer resources to treat and control other deadly diseases such as malaria. Further complicating the situation is the fact that early symptoms of malaria (fever, headache, fatigue) parallel early symptoms of Ebola.&#160; People know, however, that if they visit health centers to treat their fever, they are at risk of exposure to Ebola, which means that malaria patients are not getting the help they need. As public health issues, malaria and Ebola are inextricably intertwined.</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">On their website last week, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Without Borders) published </span><a href="http&#58;//www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/msf-begins-malaria-program-ebola-ravaged-monrovia-liberia" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">an article<strong> </strong></a><strong style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</strong><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">that highlighted their new Ebola intervention in Liberia&#58; malaria education and distribution of anti-malarial medication in poor neighborhoods in Monrovia, the capital city.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> The article states that &quot;MSF's program is designed to both prevent and treat new malaria cases, and to minimize the number of people with malaria at Ebola treatment centers.&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The program will benefit 300,000 people with prophylactic malaria intervention.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Liberia%20program%20launch%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Liberia program launch for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><em>Photo&#58;&#160;The Lutheran malaria program in Liberia is doing its&#160;part to help the public understand and respond to malaria and Ebola.</em></p><p>The Lutheran malaria program in Liberia is doing its part to approach the joint malaria/Ebola problem as well. Though some of the malaria program components are on hold due to the overwhelming resources demanded by the Ebola crisis, the Lutheran malaria program has continued to promote malaria awareness via wide-reaching radio spots.&#160; In light of the Ebola situation, these messages have dual goals&#58; to help people understand malaria and how to prevent it, and to do the same with Ebola. </p><p>In the midst of a dangerous and critical situation, Lutherans and many others are striving to provide the best possible care. </p><p>For further reading&#58; </p><ul><li>NPR blog&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/10/31/360432813/how-liberia-is-starting-to-beat-ebola-with-fingers-crossed">&quot;How Liberia is Starting to Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed&quot;</a> </li></ul><ul><li>Lutheran Disaster Response&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Ebola">Ebola Outbreak Response</a></li><li>ELCA News Release&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/61">ELCA Synod responds to Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone&#160; </a>&#160;</li><li>ELCA News Release&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7699">ELCA provides $100,000 to support containing Ebola</a> </li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/malaria">ELCA Malaria Campaign</a></li></ul></div>11/03/2014