Contact your synod or the ELCA World Hunger office (800-638-3522, ext. 2764) to get on the program’s mailing list. Start to build relationships within your companion synod program. Speak out about hunger issues in your congregation. And send your gifts to: ELCA World Hunger Appeal , P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764, or give by credit card at 800-638-3522 or online .
The ads show a hungry child that you—with just a few cents a day—could help feed, clothe and educate. Child sponsorship sounds like an easy way to help. Yet the ELCA doesn’t follow this model for its projects. Why? The Lutheran posed that question to Kathryn Sime, director of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal .
The Lutheran: Why doesn’t the ELCA World Hunger Appeal use a child sponsorship approach?
Sime: We’ve made an intentional decision to not use child sponsorship in ELCA international relief and development efforts. The ELCA World Hunger Appeal focuses on comprehensive strategies that combat the root causes of hunger and poverty. For example, we look at diseases from water sources, community education and health care.
|In an effort spearheaded by the Lutheran Church of Rwanda, residents of Muneya, Rwanda, are building a health-care center. About 500 people gathered 240 tons of rock and spent hours laying that foundation with manual labor. The ELCA World Hunger Appeal is one of the funding organizations. “It’s a model of accompaniment,” said Kathryn Sime, director of the appeal . “Women now have to travel 22 miles to deliver babies and receive prenatal and postnatal care. When the center opens that will make a difference for a whole generation.”|
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