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Activities based on "Saving the Rains of Africa": The Math in Mission

Many missioners’ work involves paying for projects that will bring a better life and dignity to people who live in great poverty. Here are three examples of ways Father John Lange uses money to help others:
  • Constructing a water system so girls and teachers in a school in rural Kenya have safe drinking water all year round.
  • Paying school fees so young people can afford to get an education
  • Making it possible for very poor people who are sick or injured to go to clinics for help
This takes a great deal of money. The money is donated by many generous people who know about the work the missioners do and believe it is what God asks of us.

Use the information to understand how much is “a great deal” of money.

Education

Father Lange helps about 60 students (elementary school, high school and college) to afford to go to school
  • Needed per quarter for 60 students: $37,000
  • 1 school year = 4 quarters

How much money will he need for a school year?

37,000 x 4= ____________.


Medical Fees:

Father Lange visits many people who live in tremendous poverty. He helps those who are sick or injured by giving them “vouchers”. At a clinic, they pay with the vouchers. Father Lange then pays the clinic with money.

  • Number of patients:  70
  • Amount of money typically spent per month (includes surgeries): $4,500
  • One year = 12 months

 

How much money will he need for a year of medical bills for 70 people?

                 4500 x 12 = _____________


Water Projects:

The first water project Father Lange worked on was at Sagana Magnajo in Kenya.

  • This cost $300,000
  • The group called Partners in Mission contributed $125,000
  • Father Lange received the rest of the money from addition generous people.


How much did they contribute?

            $300,000 – $125,000 = $_____________



Additional ways to view these figures:

  • The Sagana Magnajo project now brings water to 160 small farms.
  • It required 10 miles of steel and plastic pipes.


If the pipes are measured in yards, how many yards would be needed?

  • 1760 yards= 1 mile

                  1760 yards x 10 miles = _____________


If the pipes were measured in feet, how many feet would be needed?

  • 1 yard = 3 feet

Show how you can figure this




Name three ways having water at their farms would improve the life of the 160 families:

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