OGDEN — The 30 children enrolled in Elim Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School raised $288.70 to contribute to the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, said Pastor DanaLee Simon of Elim Lutheran Church in Ogden.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease, and it is a serious public health threat in Africa. One way to help prevent malaria is to sleep under an insecticide-treated net. A net that will protect an entire family costs only $10, but that is beyond the means of poverty-level families in Africa.
Each year, the VBS kids raise money for a cause; this year it was LMI. To raise money, the kids raided their piggy banks, did extra chores, mowed lawns, held yard sales, and sang two benefit concerts.
“I am very proud …of what they did to help people they will never see on the other side of the world,” said Dave Thomas, Elim congregation president.