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Vacation Bible school raises money to buy mosquito netting for African children

August 15, 2011
  • Jenna Shenk shows vacation Bible school student Lucas Scumpieru how mosquito netting can protect children from being bitten by mosquitoes carrying malaria.
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WILLIAMSPORT — The children and adults at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport raised $1,000 from their Bible school offering this past summer.The money will be used to provide mosquito netting to the children of the Kuria tribe, the poorest tribe in Kenya. The netting will help protect the children from getting bitten by mosquitoes carrying malaria.Each night, Jenna Shenk, who is a doctor, spoke to the children and adults about the dangers of malaria. Shenk said 3.3 billion people live in danger of getting malaria and 250 million people get malaria each year. She said 1 million people die of malaria each year, and one in five children get malaria. After hearing those facts, the children and adults said they were happy they could raise money to provide netting for children of the Kuria tribe.

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