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Student grants to fight malaria

The ELCA Malaria Campaign and the Lutheran Malaria Initiative will provide new opportunities for college and university students attending Lutheran schools and ELCA campus ministries to engage in the global fight against malaria.Through a gift from Arne and Ruth Sorenson of Washington, D.C., the campaign and initiative will equip and inspire young leaders to make a difference.

Every 45 seconds a child dies of malaria, a treatable and preventable disease that kills more than 800,000 people a year, mostly children in Africa.

“Our goal with this gift is to educate, equip and mobilize,”said Arne Sorenson. “We want to raise awareness of the malaria epidemic among students in Lutheran schools and campus ministries.”

Grant recipients make a commitment to emphasize the ELCA Malaria Campaign on their campuses for two years through activities ranging from guest speakers to video contests.

Through the ELCA Malaria Campaign, the Sorenson College and Campus Ministries Program and Sorenson Social Media Grants will provide grants for students at the ELCA’s colleges, universities, and campus ministries to implement awareness and fundraising campaigns at their schools. Grant recipients make a commitment to emphasize the ELCA Malaria Campaign on their campuses for two years through activities ranging from guest speakers to video contests.

Through Lutheran World Relief, the Lutheran Malaria Initiative Fellowship will provide opportunities for students at campuses of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to manage awareness and fundraising campaigns in their campus communities. Each of the students will receive a stipend and a program budget, as well as funding to travel to Africa to learn firsthand about the effects of malaria.

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