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Every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger.

Bread for the World

134 million children between the ages of 7 to 18 have never been to school.

Care International

1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.

The Water Project

Our Vision

Whenever you have helped the least of these my brothers, you have helped me."

-- Matthew 25:40

Our Mission to Heal

Children in underdeveloped nations throughout Africa and Asia are facing an unprecedented health crisis. UNICEF and leading nongovernmental organizations estimate that 100 million children die each year as a direct result of poor drinking water and inadequate nutrition. Providing quality health care for the “poorest of the poor” is a top concern for governments, NGOs and individual citizens throughout the world.

Lutherans worldwide have joined hands to provide basic healthcare for those who are hit the hardest -- women and children. The JELA Foundation cooperates with partners throughout South Asia to improve the quality of primary healthcare. The Community Rural Healthcare Project (CRHP) in the rural area of Jamked, India is one significant endeavor that receives JELA support in implementing healthcare initiatives for the poor. In addition to providing funds for medicine and medical equipment for the local hospital – which was built with JELA assistance -- JELA sends volunteers to assist in the making of artificial limbs. JELA also supports CRHP’s Village Heath Workers Program, which trains people at the village level in basic healthcare. Beyond CRHP, the JELA responds with emergency funds for medical care when natural disasters strike. When the devastating tsunami hit South Asia in late 2005, JELA was one of the first Lutheran organizations to respond to the Lutheran World Federation’s request for assistance in medical emergency relief.

As a member of the global Lutheran family, JELA is committed to do its part to provide basic healthcare to displaced persons and communities. As funds are available, we will continue to purchase medicine, medical equipment and offer medical training in order to build the capacity of poor communities. We ask you to support our work to give medical care to those most in need.

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