What would you say if you found out today that a child you know contracted a disease that could lead to death?

But you did some research and you found out this disease has a cure. And by cure I mean, this child does not have to die. There is medicine that would treat the disease. Life could still be lived.

I assume you would say, “Give the child the medicine. Now.“

Poverty has a different response. Poverty makes sure the child is unable to stay protected from the disease. And once the child has contracted the disease, poverty makes sure the medicine is out of reach.

The disease I am referring to is Malaria.

Preventable. Treatable.

This Thursday, April 25 is World Malaria Day.

Malaria kills 655,000 children per year. And April 25 is a day to raise awareness and spur on action for a disease that should not even be killing one child.

We want you to take action so we’re serving up a creative writing assignment.


You are going to write a blog post from the perspective of a mosquito.

If you’re hearing crickets right about now, don’t worry. What would a creative writing assignment be without a few prompts?

We have your writing prompts and more information for your World Malaria Day post over on our blog.

Follow these steps to raise awareness about malaria this week:

  1. Read today’s post on the Compassion Blog.
  2. Choose your writing prompt (prompts are on the blog post).
  3. Write your post and publish it on your blog.
  4. Link-up with us over on the blog.

Don’t forget to encourage your readers to do something in recognition of World Malaria Day. Point to Compassion’s Malaria Intervention fund in your post.

Donations to this fund:

  • provide households at risk with treated mosquito nets
  • educate family members on malaria prevention
  • treat children suffering from malaria, chagas disease and dengue fever

This fund was established by Compassion because it is one of the many ways we are able to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

A healthy child can go to school. A healthy child can learn and play and develop. A healthy child can walk to the nearby church and hear the message of Christ.

We’re excited to read your posts and we will be sharing them through our official Twitter account this week.

It’s blogging time.

Note: If you are not a Compassion Blogger, you can sign-up to receive these assignments via email. It’s super easy.