The ELCA Malaria Campaign has met its $250,000 goal for World Malaria Week! (In fact, we far exceeded our goal– but we’re not sure yet by how much, exactly.) This means we’ve raised enough money to jumpstart malaria programming in the Katakwi District of Uganda, in partnership with Lutheran World Federation. Thank you to everyone who participated in the commemoration of World Malaria Week through prayer, education and giving.
And… we’re halfway to our goal! The phenomenal results from World Malaria Week have propelled us beynod this very important milestone. Members, congregations and synods of the ELCA have given more than $7.5 million so far to support malaria programming run by Lutheran churches and organizations in Angola, Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. That brings us over halfway to our goal of $15 million by 2015.
Just a personal note here: I am so proud to be a member of a church that is so generous and so committed to the health of all of God’s children! I’ve seen these malaria programs in action, and I know that our transatlantic partnership is strong– much generosity in the ELCA, and much expertise and hard work among our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Africa, and much prayer surrounding all of us. We are truly walking hand in hand to make malaria history!