“Rarely a week goes by when one of my children is not fainting, so maybe every two weeks someone has malaria,” says Lucy Akiding, a 23-year-old mother of four in Uganda. Parenting becomes very complicated when children are often sick. And for Lucy, malaria interferes with her own ability to run her household as well. “When I have [malaria], that is a week when I cannot do my garden work,” she explains.
In a household where subsistence farming is the primary (or only) form of nutrition and income generation, malaria’s effects are devastating. (Read more here!)
Malaria is an urgent health problem in the Katakwi District of Uganda, one of the poorest areas of Uganda. In an area where half of the population survives on less than $0.80 per day, community members cannot afford malaria prevention supplies or proper health care when they or their children get sick. The ELCA-supported malaria program in Katakwi will make a huge difference.
This past week, the ELCA Malaria Campaign has celebrated “World Malaria Week,” asking members and congregations of the ELCA to donate to support the efforts of the Lutheran World Federation malaria project in Katakwi, Uganda.
A generous matching challenge is doubling all gifts given this week (up to $130,000). We don’t have final numbers yet, because the gifts continue to pour in, but we are confident that your generosity is up to the challenge of raising $250,000 this week to jump-start malaria prgoramming in Katakwi, Uganda.
Our sincere thanks to all of you who have supported World Malaria Week, and who will continue to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign next week, and next month, and next year! Together with our companions in Africa, we are making a difference in the lives of people like Lucy and her family.