ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Malaria fundraiser makes a SPLASH at Vinje Lutheran!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/253http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/253<div class="ExternalClass664F27F363DC4C0187638510CBD91D3F"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The ELCA Malaria Campaign has inspired all sorts of inventive fundraising efforts. Every time we think we have seen it all, another congregation surprises us with their ingenuity and creativity. This time, Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, Minnesota had a particularly fun way to raise money for malaria, and beat the heat while they were at it.</span></p><p>The congregation and the Vacation Bible School participants were challenged with raising $5,000 in three weeks for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. <strong>Their incentive was the chance to throw 200 water balloons at Vinje Lutheran staff for reaching their goal!</strong> You can imagine that members were eager to give. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%201.jpg" alt="Vinje 1.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>The VBS was charged with raising $1000 during the week of <em>Catch the Buzz</em>. If the kids met their goal, they would get a chance to toss water balloons at Pastor Chad Peterson. However, if the congregation as a whole could raise $5000 (including the VBS offering), the entire staff would be the target of the water balloons. After collecting offerings during multiple Sunday services, and through <em>Catch the Buzz</em> VBS, the congregation met their goal! On Sunday, August 3<sup>rd</sup>, the staff prepared to get soaked. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%205.jpg" alt="Vinje 5.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Pastor Chad (front)&#160;and Pastor Jeff try their best to hide from incoming water balloons!</em></p><p>The staff were good sports and came dressed ready to get splashed! Swim caps, flippers, bathrobes, ponchos and rain gear were donned in a comical attempt to keep dry. Foam noodles, umbrellas and even a tennis racket were used to deflect incoming water balloons. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%203.jpg" alt="Vinje 3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The staff are decked out in their best water wear.</em></p><p>A crowd of people - young and old – gathered to be a part of the balloon toss. When the moment came, people took their aim and let the balloons fly!&#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%204.jpg" alt="Vinje 4.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Vinje%202.jpg" alt="Vinje 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>It was a great way to connect the good work of the children at VBS with the entire congregation. It was also a great way to celebrate their success! Thanks, Vinje Lutheran Church, especially to the kids, youth and helpers from <em>Catch the Buzz</em> VBS! And a big thanks to the staff members - we hope it was refreshing! &#160;</p></div>08/29/2014Malaria and EbolaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/252http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/252<div class="ExternalClassE4C5C2E3FF774B10B70805082EB363F1"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In the past several weeks, an outbreak of one of the world's most virulent diseases has made news all over the world.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Several West African nations are struggling with Ebola outbreaks of unprecedented severity. People are dying at an alarming rate.</span></p><p>Liberia is one country that has been particularly hard-hit with Ebola cases, and where the ELCA Malaria Campaign is also supporting the malaria program run by our companions, the Lutheran Church in Liberia. In Liberia, malaria prevention and control efforts have been deeply impacted by the Ebola crisis.&#160;</p><p><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><em>Photo&#58; Unfortunately, the work of the Lutheran malaria program in Liberia is hindered by the Ebola crisis.</em>&#160;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">Medical systems,&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">taxed by the sheer number of Ebola cases and the extensive precautions they must take in treating patients, have fewer resources left over to attend to cases of malaria and other diseases. &#160;Some health facility employees aren't reporting to work for fear of becoming infected themselves.</span></p><p>Their fear is well-founded. According to <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/25-august-2014/en/">this article</a> published by the World Health Organization today, the current Ebola outbreak is taking a heavy toll on health care workers. More than 240 health care workers in West Africa have been infected with Ebola, and more than 120 of those have died. &quot;In many cases,&quot; the article reports, &quot;medical staff are at risk because no protective equipment is available – not even gloves and face masks. Even in dedicated Ebola wards, personal protective equipment is often scarce or not being properly used.&quot;</p><p>This is one way that Lutherans in the ELCA are responding<em>.</em><em>&#160; </em><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Ebola">Lutheran Disaster Response</a>&#160;is partnering with Global Health Ministries and the Lutheran Church in Liberia to supply and ship by air essential protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia.&#160; You can read more about this project on the Lutheran Disaster Response blog <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCALutheranDisasterResponse/264">here</a>&#160;and <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCALutheranDisasterResponse/266">here</a>.&#160; Plans for an additional response in Liberia through our partnership with ACT Alliance are also underway. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Curran_Ebola%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Curran_Ebola for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p><em>Photo&#58; Through Lutheran Disaster Response,&#160;Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia will receive a shipment of personal protective equipment to help in the fight against Ebola.</em></p><p>The health care sector is not alone in experiencing backlash from Ebola. As <a href="http&#58;//www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/22/342480343/a-food-crisis-follows-africas-ebola-crisis?utm_campaign=storyshare&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_medium=social">this blog post</a>&#160;from NPR reports, hunger and food insecurity are becoming increasingly problematic in the wake of the health crisis. &quot;Bush meat&quot;—meat &#160;from forest animals –can spread Ebola and is thus no longer a viable food source. In quarantined areas, many food markets have shut down completely. Farmers are discouraged from tending to their fields in groups, and yield will be greatly reduced.&#160; Food prices are already rising and food shortages have begun. Malaria and Ebola are <em>both</em> diseases that perpetuate the cycle of poverty and hunger. </p><p>Through ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Disaster response and the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we walk together with our Lutheran companions all over the world as they respond to hunger, disaster and disease with compassion and action. Thank you for your support of these ministries!</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Liberia%20doctor%20patient%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Liberia doctor patient for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; with your support, the ELCA will continue to accompany&#160;our companions in Liberia&#160;in their health care ministries​.&#160;</em></p><p>For more information about Ebola and our church's response, click on these links&#58; </p><ul><li><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Ebola">Lutheran Disaster Response</a>&#160;</li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/">Ebola fact sheet from World Health Organization</a>&#160;</li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/21/342228828/why-ebola-is-making-it-harder-to-provide-good-health-care?utm_campaign=storyshare&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_medium=social">NPR&#58; &quot;Why Ebola is making it harder to provide good health care&quot;</a></li><li><a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/25-august-2014/en/">WHO&#58; Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola</a><em>&#160;</em></li></ul><p>&#160;</p></div>08/26/2014Photo gallery offers hundreds of impact stories!Jessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/251http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/251<div class="ExternalClassE15396FD730042198CDDD1572FAA53CB"><p>​If you've been reading the Malaria Blog this summer, you know that we are very excited about one of our newest resources&#58; our<strong>&#160;Malaria Photo Gallery</strong>! &#160;Our summer intern, Megan Flowers, worked hard to write helpful and informative&#160;captions for nearly 700 beautiful&#160;photos from nine different countries, to help you experience the impact of your ELCA Malaria Campaign gifts. (THANK YOU for this faithful support!)</p><p><em><a href="http&#58;//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Photo%20gallery%20Screen%20shot%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Photo gallery Screen shot for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></a><br>Photo&#58; the ELCA Malaria Campaign photo gallery is easy to use, and puts hundreds of photos and stories at your fingertips.</em></p><p>If you have&#160;not yet had a chance to visit the photo gallery, I advise you to immediately drop everything and click on <a href="http&#58;//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions">this link</a>&#160;to be transported into the stories and lives depicted in those galleries. <em>(Here's the link for those who like to see it&#58; </em><a href="http&#58;//http//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions"><em>http&#58;//http&#58;//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions</em></a><em>.) &#160;</em>Do it now-- thank me&#160;later! &#58;-)</p><p>As of today, eight of the nine planned galleries are finished (this includes Angola, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania. Uganda and Zambia), uploaded and ready for public viewing. That means the welcome mats are rolled out and we are ready for YOU to come and experience the stories and impact with your own eyes, and your own heart. &#160;(You know you want to!)</p><p>Think about all of the great opportunities you have for sharing stories like the ones in our photo galleries&#58;<br></p><ul><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">during a Temple Talk at your congregation this weekend</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">in</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;a Pastor's Letter or other section of a church newsletter</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">in a synod's electronic newsletter</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">arou</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">nd</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">the dinner table with your family</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">with your Sunday school class or youth group</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">as a short devotion for your next Church Council meeting</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">at your next Women </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">of</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> the ELCA or Lut</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">he</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">ran Men in Mission meeting...</span><br></li></ul><p></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">...the possibilities are endless! So many ELCA members have given to the ELCA Malaria Campaign in support of anti-malaria programs​ in 13 countries in Africa. &#160;All of those donors deserve to hear more about how their gifts are being used to change lives! And all of those donors deserve a giant THANK YOU for their generosity and commitment.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Here's a sneak peek at&#160;one of the stories and photos contained in the Burundi photo gallery&#58;&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Bahiga%20Euphrasie%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Bahiga Euphrasie for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</span></p><p>Bahiga Euphrasie is grateful for the education that she has been able to access through the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi, which is implemented by the Lutheran World Federation and supported by your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. “We now know the kind of things we should do [in our home compound]&#58; to remove wild bushes, weeds and grass outside the home.” Euphrasie now keeps her home compound hygienic, decreasing the availability of mosquito breeding grounds near her family. “Thank you very much for your support!” Euphrasie​ says with enthusiasm. “Keep it up!”<br></p></div>08/21/2014Mosquitos on a roll!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/250http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/250<div class="ExternalClassCF94D4C50CB4423AA84CA63B0611233C"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">he ELCA Malaria Campaign has been a part of many Vacation Bible School programs throughout the ELCA this summer. Children have been learning about how the ELCA is working against this preventable and treatable disease in creative and engaging ways.</span></p><p>Participants in the Vacation Bible School ministry at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joined together in raising money to contribute to the efforts of the ELCA Malaria campaign.&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">Th</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">ey</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">&#160;learned about how mosquitos trans</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">mit the parasite that carries malaria, and how their church is responding.</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">&#160;As a reminder of this, p</span>articipants <strong>built mosquitos out of pipe cleaners and quarter rolls</strong>.&#160;​</p><p>​<strong style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Quarter%20Roll%20Mosquito%20compressed.jpg" alt="Quarter Roll Mosquito compressed.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></strong><br></p><p>Participants took these quarter roll mosquitos home, removed the quarter roll and filled it with quarters from piggy banks, coin jars and gifts. Each day, during the opening worship at VBS, participants offered these filled quarter rolls as our VBS offering.&#160; <strong>At the end of the week the participants had raised an astounding $616.00 from their quarter roll mosquitos!&#160;</strong></p><p>For directions on how to make a classic pipe cleaner mosquito, check out <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Catch_the_Buzz_Day1.pdf">Day 1</a> of the Catch the Buzz curriculum (page 14). To make a quarter roll mosquito, use an additional pipe cleaner to connect the quarter roll &quot;body&quot; with the mosquito's legs and wings. It's a fun craft, a simple fundraiser, and a great visual reminder of the Malaria Campaign!&#160;</p><p><em>Thanks to everyone at Abiding Presence who helped to make VBS a fun and meaningful experience for all involved. Special thanks to Julie Magadance of the Southwestern Texas Synod for sharing this story from her congregation! We welcome you to submit your own creative ideas to malaria@elca.org.</em></p></div>08/18/2014"All About Empowerment" - Final reflections from Megan!Megan Flowers, summer internhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/249http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/249<div class="ExternalClass6FD67D1BBC374139A937D04B8C8912E1"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">It is hard to believe that tomorrow I will be headed home on a plane to Texas. It has been a great summer with the Malaria Campaign Team, the World Hunger Team, the ELCA churchwide staff, fellow interns, my host family and the city of Chicago. Thank you for your support on this wonderful journey.</span></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Megan%20presentation-1%20(1).jpg" alt="Megan presentation-1 (1).jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>I have found that as a community development major, this internship with the ELCA Malaria Campaign was a great match.&#160; I see community development as a process which involves local residents. It provides them with the tools and resources necessary to discern local issues, and create solutions with consideration of the community's assets. It's a process all about empowerment.</p><p>Through the ELCA's model of accompaniment and the structure of the 13 Lutheran malaria programs in Africa, the ELCA Malaria Campaign works in community development. At the churchwide level, we look at our relationships with our companion churches and partners in Africa. In each of the countries, the programs are developed based on the assets in the community and facilitated by community members themselves. The programs equip community leaders with platforms to educate their fellow community members in malaria prevention and treatment, as well as the development of sustainable livelihoods. What a beautiful way to enable development. </p><p>Supesi Ntimpirangeza, an animator, or health educator trained by the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi, shares the impacts of effective community development. &quot;[My fellow animators and I] do not get discouraged [by the large numbers of malaria cases].&#160; We were chosen to be volunteer animators in Mwiruzi​ because they saw our dynamism and diligence.&#160; We will continue this way.&#160; My hope for the future is that we could continue to teach the community, since we are already trained. That way they can keep progressing.&quot;</p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Supesi%20Ntimpirangeza%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Supesi Ntimpirangeza for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>Photo&#58; Supesi Ntimpirangeza is an animator, or health educator trained by the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi.</em></p><p>Thank you, supporters of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, for enabling this work to happen. It is amazing to think that a single dollar can start the process of saving a life from malaria through testing. Your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign have such an incredible impact. Thank you for helping to develop community malaria leaders like Supesi. Thank you for helping to save lives from a preventable and treatable disease. Thank you for your involvement in the ELCA Malaria Campaign and your support throughout the summer.&#160;</p><p><em>And thank YOU, Megan, for the wonderful work you've done for all of us this summer! [Make sure to check out Megan's crowning achievement, the ELCA Malaria Campaign photo gallery, complete&#160;with captions,&#160;here&#58; &#160;<a href="http&#58;//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions">http&#58;//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions</a>.] &#160;<br>-- Jessica and Allison</em></p></div>08/14/2014“Today I have a very healthy child” – The Lutheran malaria program in AngolaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/248http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/248<div class="ExternalClass6744BE87342341068B632F799362F9FD"><p></p><p>&quot;I want to thank the church malaria program who came to visit us here in the community,&quot; says this grateful mother in Angola,&#160;pictured here at the local health center with her children.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Angola%20story%20fo%20web.jpg" alt="Angola story fo web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>The outreach strategy of the Lutheran malaria program in Angola is a community-based, grassroots effort. <em>Activistas</em>—community volunteers trained in malaria prevention and control through the Lutheran program—visit households in person to educate community members about malaria and to help identify health issues that may be affecting some members of the household. This door-to-door campaign has been the main form of community outreach for the Lutheran malaria program in Angola, and it is demonstrating success. </p><p>The Lutheran malaria program in Angola reports that in the first half of 2014, the door-to-door campaign reached 143 households in Angola. Through these visitations, a reported 1,287 household members learned how malaria is transmitted, how to recognize its symptoms and to seek medical treatment promptly. <em>Activistas</em> also identified five cases of suspected malaria, and were able to identify and educate about other health issues as well. Those with health issues were encouraged to visit the local health center for diagnosis and treatment. </p><p>Before she met the trained volunteers<em> </em>from the Lutheran malaria program, the woman pictured here was reluctant to take her child to the health center for treatment. &quot;Two <em>Activistas</em> came to me telling me about the importance of visiting a health center,&quot; she explained. She did so, and her child was successfully treated for malaria.&#160;&#160;</p><p>&quot;As a result of the visit [from the <em>Activistas</em>],&quot; she continues, &quot;today my child does not have malaria. <strong>I have a very healthy child, with no malaria symptoms.</strong>&quot;&#160;&#160;</p></div>08/11/2014