GCM Ministries partnered with IRR-TV Finland to help deliver medicine to thousands of children in Burundi suffering from malaria. The Burundi people have expressed their great appreciation for the aid they have received. The medicine and mosquito nets will greatly reduce the fears of many families. "Malaria is a devastating disease that threatens our families," said one concerned mother. "Now we have hope again!"
The medicine and mosquito nets were delivered in a joint effort by GCM Ministries partner—IRR-TV and the Finnish-Swedish Pentecostal association—FSP. Distribution to the needy people in Burundi was through the Burundi Pentcostal humanitarian organization—CEPBU. Kerstin and Markku Sivonen were on location to witness the operation.
Kerstin and Markku Sivonen saw the impact of the delivered aid.
"People receiving the mosquito nets and medicine wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all who helped make this possible. We were in Burundi in September and saw firsthand how returning refugees were given the medicine and nets in the commune of Nyanza Lac. We watched as the people received them. Distribution will continue for as long as supplies last. At this time about two thousand nets have been handed out," say the Sivonens.
Malaria kills children and the weak
Malaria is the biggest cause of death for 10 million people living in Burundi. It threatens children and malnourished adults. The need to receive malaria medicine and mosquito nets is the greatest in the southern parts of the country, where over 100 thousand refugees have returned in a very short while after a recent civil war.
"Malaria is a devastating disease that threatens our families," said one concerned mother. "Now we have hope again!" And one father knelt in his muddy yard to thank God and everyone who helped bring the aid to his family. They had hung the net they had just received, in their home. Laying under the safety of that net was a sleeping child.