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Brenda Meier Kimaro | Author

Brenda Meier Kimaro is Lutheran World Relief's Communications Officer for East Africa, based in Arusha, Tanzania

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Mankia sitting on a bed, holding a Quilt

Mankia’s Mission Quilt

Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by .

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Ndenaghafumwa Umburi is featured in our video, “Two Women. Two Lives. Touched by an LWR Quilt.” Here is a little more about her. Ndenaghafumwa Umburi (her name means “let us glorify God”) is a busy woman to say the least. Ndenaghafumwa, who goes by Mankia for short, lives on a shamba (farm) on the slopes […]

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I’m Helping End Malaria – Dorcas

Posted on 18. Apr, 2013 by .

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At just five years old, Dorcas is an aspiring actress with an important story to tell. Dorcas learned from her pastor and Sunday school teachers about malaria and now she’s telling others. As part of the Ngaruma Lutheran Parish’s efforts to educate church and community members about malaria prevention, the Sunday school children present educational […]

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Tausi Juma and her daughter Nurudi

We’re Helping End Malaria – Usa River Lutheran Parish

Posted on 16. Apr, 2013 by .

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The Usa River Lutheran Parish in Tanzania serves more than 2,500 members who worship in three congregations. The church is deeply committed to reaching out to those most in need, and founded the Child Survival Program to serve mothers and children at risk due to extreme poverty. The program currently serves 40 mothers and their […]

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I’m Helping End Malaria – Pastor Ngare

Posted on 12. Apr, 2013 by .

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As LWR’s Regional Communications Officer for East Africa, Brenda Kimaro meets many of the pastors, evangelists, Sunday school teachers and volunteers who are working together to protect their families and communities from malaria. Here is one of their stories. Pastor Meshack Ngare has been leading the Samanga Lutheran Parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in […]

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Ochuki holding a bed net

A Boy and His Family Recieve Bed Nets

Posted on 10. Apr, 2013 by .

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When I met Ochuki a few months ago, he and his family had been living at risk. Every night they slept unprotected from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Like many families in Kenya, Ochuki’s family did not have money to buy bed nets. Not long before I visited Ochuki’s village, though, community volunteers began visiting […]

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Delivering Nets to Those in Need

Posted on 08. Apr, 2013 by .

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A few months ago I joined volunteers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) as they distributed more than 8,000 insecticide-treated bet nets in the Nyanza Province of western Kenya. Although much Lutheran Malaria Initiative programming focuses on education and training rather than the distribution of nets, this effort targeted a specific segment of […]

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I’m Helping End Malaria – Yuniah Nyamumbo

Posted on 07. Apr, 2013 by .

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As LWR’s Regional Communications Officer for East Africa, Brenda Kimaro meets many of the pastors, evangelists, Sunday school teachers and volunteers who are working together to protect their families and communities from malaria. Here is one of their stories. Yuniah Nyamumbo is a sweet, young mother of two boys, age three years and four months. […]

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I’m Helping End Malaria – Pastor Mmwiri

Posted on 05. Apr, 2013 by .

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As LWR’s Regional Communications Officer for East Africa, Brenda Kimaro meets many of the pastors, evangelists, Sunday school teachers and volunteers who are working together to protect their families and communities from malaria. Here is one of their stories. It’s an understatement to say Pastor Eliraha Mmwiri is a busy man. His parish, the Bonde […]

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I’m Helping End Malaria – Eunice Okoth

Posted on 03. Apr, 2013 by .

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As LWR’s Regional Communications Officer for East Africa, Brenda Kimaro meets many of the pastors, evangelists, Sunday school teachers and volunteers who are working together to protect their families and communities from malaria. Here is one of their stories. “I want to be one of those people who are helping to end the problem of […]

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Agnes Munyukwa stands with her grape vines.

Meet Agnes Munyukwa, Grape Farmer

Posted on 20. Mar, 2013 by .

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Grape grower Agnes Munyukwa was the first in her village to begin adopting new grape growing techniques she learned from Lutheran World Relief. She started using a deep plowing method between the rows of vines to help retain the moisture in the soil, and also grows peanuts within her eleven-row vineyard to improve soil fertility. […]

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How We’re Planning for Success

Posted on 30. Jan, 2013 by .

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Last week I joined my colleagues and our partners here in Tanzania for an intensive three-day workshop to learn what DMEL is and how to use it. It left me with a deeper understanding and a greater appreciation for the work of LWR. DMEL is an acronym for a planning method that stands for “Design, […]

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