If you’ve been reading the Malaria Blog this summer, you know that we are very excited about one of our newest resources: our Malaria Photo Gallery! Our summer intern, Megan Flowers, worked hard to write helpful and informative captions for nearly 700 beautiful photos from nine different countries, to help you experience the impact of your ELCA Malaria Campaign gifts. (THANK YOU for this faithful support!)
Photo: the ELCA Malaria Campaign photo gallery is easy to use, and puts hundreds of photos and stories at your fingertips.
If you have not yet had a chance to visit the photo gallery, I advise you to immediately drop everything and click on this link to be transported into the stories and lives depicted in those galleries. (Here’s the link for those who like to see it:http://http://globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions.) Do it now– thank me later! 🙂
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. (You know you want to!)
Think about all of the great opportunities you have for sharing stories like the ones in our photo galleries:
- during a Temple Talk at your congregation this weekend
- in a Pastor’s Letter or other section of a church newsletter
- in a synod’s electronic newsletter
- around the dinner table with your family
- with your Sunday school class or youth group
- as a short devotion for your next Church Council meeting
- at your next Women of the ELCA or Lutheran Men in Mission meeting…
…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. 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.
Here’s a sneak peek at one of the stories and photos contained in the Burundi photo gallery:
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]: 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!”