There is much to celebrate at the ELCA Malaria Campaign!
Just this week, we reached an important giving milestone: since our campaign began, individuals, congregations and synods of the ELCA have given $5 million toward this great cause! That means we’re already 1/3 of the way toward our goal of $15 million by 2015. Thank you for your commitment and generosity!
The gifts you’ve given have made a measurable impact. A few years ago, the statistics were grim: a child in Africa was dying of malaria every 30 seconds. As global malaria work increased, the statistic changed to a child every 45 seconds. Now the World Health Organization reports the most favorable statistic yet: a child in Africa dies of malaria every 60 seconds. It’s clear that this statistic represents amazing progress, and for that we celebrate. Thousands of lives are being preserved each year through the tireless malaria work of our Lutheran companions in Africa (supported by ELCA Malaria Campaign funds) and many other wonderful malaria organizations.
But the challenge remains: Let’s get that number down to zero. No child– in Africa or anywhere in the world–should die of a disease that’s preventable and treatable.
The work that the ELCA is doing, together with our sisters and brothers in Africa, will continue to make a difference in the lives of many. Stay tuned for reports of what the next $10 million will accomplish!