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SYSK: Wartburg student raises awareness about malaria in Africa

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Kelsey Nulph is a third year student at Wartburg College in Waverly. She's leading Wartburg's Malaria Initiative, which is raising money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

Malaria is a potentially fatal blood disease caused by a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes. Nulph decided to get involved after the ELCA campaign coordinator spoke on campus.

"I had heard about different campaigns and initiatives involving malaria in the past, but I never knew how prevalent malaria was in Africa. I never knew it was treatable and preventable. So basically these people in Africa are dying for no reason," said Kelsey Nulph.

Kelsey Nulph and more than 80 other students are working on the Wartburg College Campus and in the Waverly community to raise money for the malaria campaign.

Working with congregations already established in Africa, the money raised provides mosquito nets, insecticides, medication, and education to people.

"Nearly 650,000 people in Africa are dying of malaria each year and that boils down to every 60 seconds a child dies of malaria," said Nulph.

Thanks to a grant, money raised at Wartburg and on other college campuses gets matched.

"So I thought that was an awesome opportunity to get the Wartburg community members involved as well as the broader community in this fight to eradicate malaria," said the Wartburg student.

Throughout the school year, Wartburg students hope to raise about $35,000 for the malaria campaign before matching funds.

One fundraising project is making and selling change jars. People are encouraged to collect loose change and then give it back to the campaign.

"You can use your resources to help right now," said Kelsey Nulph.

Kelsey Nulph hopes people take time to donate just a few dollars because it really can save a life.

"A child shouldn't have to die of malaria when it's completely preventable and treatable," she said.

The ELCA Malaria Campaign hopes to save many lives by raising $15 million dollars by 2015.

For more information, click here.

You can also click here to email Kelsey.

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