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Lutheran World Relief Receives $350,000 from Starbucks Foundation to Support Coffee Farmer Livelihoods in Colombia
Baltimore, April 2, 2015
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has received a Starbucks Foundation grant of $350,000 toward its project Pro-Café: Protecting Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Coffee Livelihoods, a two-year project that contributes to the protection of the local ecosystem, provides sustainable livelihoods, and fosters community in the Guarinó River watershed in Caldas, Colombia.
Why NGOs Must Factor in Gender: New Report Showcases the Challenges, Successes and Models for the Future
Baltimore, March 25, 2015
Lutheran World Relief, an NGO working in 35 countries to develop sustainable solutions to poverty and food insecurity, has released the 2014 Gender Storybook: INGO Experience with Gender Integration in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Project Concern International and World Vision. The report tells the story of how six different agencies are integrating and mainstreaming gender into policies, programs, and procedures. The result: increasingly productive programs and more communication and sharing of resources between men and women.
Lutheran World Relief Receives More Than $2 Million through Thrivent Choice® Program
Baltimore, March 19, 2015
— Lutheran World Relief received $530,756 through the Thrivent Choice® program in 2014. The disbursement brings the total amount Thrivent members have directed to LWR through Thrivent Choice® to more than $2.1 million over the last five years, making LWR the most often designated and largest recipient of Thrivent Choice® dollars.
Lutheran World Relief Releases 2015 Early Warning Forecast
Baltimore, February 9, 2015
Lutheran World Relief, an NGO working in 35 countries to develop sustainable solutions to poverty and food insecurity, has released their 2015 “Early Warning Forecast” of regions to watch and why. The regions highlighted in the report are those that Lutheran World Relief is actively monitoring and, in many cases, is already in-country working to help mitigate the worst effects of a potential crisis, develop disaster response plans and strengthen community resilience, especially in the most vulnerable rural areas.
Lutheran World Relief Announces New Vice President for Finance and Administration
Baltimore, February 5, 2015
Lutheran World Relief – a nonprofit working with partners on the ground in 35 countries to provide lasting solutions to poverty through its work with smallholder farmers and other relief and resilience programs – today announced that JoAnn Theys has joined the organization as Vice President for Finance and Administration. As Lutheran World Relief continues to deepen partnerships in the US and across the globe, Theys will be an asset given her extensive experience working closely with government agencies and building financial plans for new and existing on-the-ground programs.
USAID, Lutheran World Relief Partner to Address Climate Change Challenges in Peru
Baltimore, December 9, 2014
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Lutheran World Relief — a NGO working in 35 countries to develop sustainable solutions to poverty and food insecurity — a $1 million grant to launch a Climate Change Adaption Program (Adapting Together) in Peru. The program will aim to strengthen local government capacity for integrated management of watersheds in Peruvian communities that are highly susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change. USAID administers U.S. foreign assistance programs providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Lutheran World Relief Prepares for Typhoon Hagupit Relief, Commits Initial $50,000 to Aid Relief Efforts in the Philippines
Baltimore, December 5, 2014
In preparation for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to make landfall December 6 local time in the Philippines, Lutheran World Relief, a U.S.-based humanitarian agency, has made an initial commitment of $50,000 to assist those most affected and will be on the ground to assess needs and develop a plan to aid in both short- and long-term recovery. The storm is predicted to cause widespread damage and affect millions in an area still recovering from last year’s Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Former Keurig Green Mountain Executive Rick Peyser Joins Lutheran World Relief
Baltimore, October 9, 2014
Lutheran World Relief — a nonprofit working with partners on the ground in 35 countries to provide lasting solutions to poverty through its work with smallholder farmers and other relief and resilience programs — today announced that Rick Peyser, past president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and seasoned Keurig Green Mountain executive, will join the organization on October 16 as Senior Relationship Manager for Coffee and Cocoa. He will serve as part of the New Business Development team to identify and promote strategic partnerships in support of Lutheran World Relief’s work in the cocoa and coffee value chains.
The Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla Receives Lutheran World Relief Champion Award
Baltimore, October 9, 2014
At its September meeting in Chicago, the Lutheran World Relief board of directors presented the Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla with the LWR Champion award, formerly known as the Friend of LWR award. A former LWR board member, Malpica Padilla is currently executive director of the Global Mission program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Based in Chicago, he also serves as the ELCA advisor to the LWR board.
Cocoa of Excellence Programme Partners with Lutheran World Relief to Open the Door to International Growth Opportunities for Small-Scale Farmers
September 22, 2014
The Cocoa of Excellence Programme (CoEx), an initiative to reward excellence in producing high-quality cocoa and provide and increase access to the International Cocoa Awards, will this week support a competition to evaluate cocoa samples submitted by local producers.
Lutheran World Relief Wins $500,000 Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge
Baltimore, July 29, 2014
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has won a $500,000 award from the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge to scale up its innovative cocoa programs in Central America. The Challenge, a region-wide competition conducted by the World Environment Center (WEC) on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and the Pathways to Prosperity Initiative, sought to discover existing innovative, high-impact solutions that are helping create strong micro and small enterprises in Latin America and that have potential to be scaled up to larger populations and new geographies.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Provides Additional $1 Million for Lutheran World Relief's Typhoon Haiyan Response
Baltimore, May 30, 2014
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) announced today that the ELCA has provided an additional $1 million toward LWR’s response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This gift, made through ELCA’s Lutheran Disaster Response, follows a $1 million donation from the ELCA in November 2013, doubling the ELCA’s support of LWR’s typhoon response.
Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard Named President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief
Baltimore, April 11, 2014
Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, of McLean, Va., will be the next president and chief executive officer of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), effective July 1.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Awards Lutheran World Relief $100,000 to Aid Typhoon Haiyan Recovery
Baltimore, March 8, 2014
When Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, made landfall in the Philippines in the early morning hours of November 8, 2013, it affected an estimated 14.1 million people, displaced 4.1 million, claimed more than 6,000 lives and destroyed a million homes.
Lutheran World Relief Hosts Central America Regional Cocoa Forum in Nicaragua
Baltimore, February 26, 2014
Farmers, producer organizations, buyers, nonprofits and others involved in the cocoa industry in Central America are coming together this week in Managua, Nicaragua, for the Central America Regional Cocoa Forum, hosted by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas program.
Dr. David Lose Elected to Lutheran World Relief Board of Directors
Baltimore, February 14, 2014
At its annual meeting January 28-29, Lutheran World Relief’s board of directors elected Dr. David Lose, Marbury Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching and director of the Center for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, to a three-year board term.
Lutheran World Relief and Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Assist 100,000 Farmers in West Africa
Baltimore, January 28, 2014
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has received a $1.5 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to scale up community-based resilience building work in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. The project, “Community Led Food Crisis Recovery in the Sahel,” will run through January 2016.
Lutheran World Relief Provides Additional Shelter Repair Kits to Communities Hit by Typhoon Haiyan
Baltimore, December 18, 2013
In response to the need for immediate shelter repair following early November’s Typhoon Haiyan, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) provided an additional 100 shelter repair kits to storm-affected households of northern Cebu Province’s Daanbantayan municipality on Friday, December 13.
Lutheran World Relief Partners with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to Provide Shelter Repair Kits to Typhoon-Affected Families
Baltimore, November 27, 2013
Following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HfHP) to respond to shelter needs in northern Cebu Province.
Lutheran World Relief Set to Open Office in Nepal on December 2
Baltimore, November 22, 2013
On December 2, 2013, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) will officially open its first office in Nepal after operating there since 2009.
WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term. With the financial support of US Lutherans and other donors, LWR strengthens communities through programs in agriculture, climate, and emergency support. LWR works with partners, supporters and technical assistance providers to achieve lasting results. For more information, visit lwr.org.
Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.