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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Provides $200,000 for Lutheran World Relief Response to Nepal Earthquake
Baltimore, June 29, 2015

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has provided $200,000 toward Lutheran World Relief's response to the recent massive earthquakes in Nepal.

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Baltimore Nonprofits Providing Critical Relief in Nepal
Baltimore, June 25

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a Baltimore-based humanitarian agency with a presence in Nepal, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support LWR's continuing work on the ground in Nepal to deliver relief supplies and aid recovery efforts.

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Lutheran World Relief Assists Displaced Familied in the Philippines
Baltimore, June 11, 2015

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is providing support to displaced families in the Philippines, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of ongoing emergency response work in the Mamasapano municipality and furthering the relationship between LWR and the Gates Foundation, which has also recently granted an additional $300,000 to fund LWR's aid efforts for earthquake victims in Nepal.

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Lutheran World Relief Responds to Deadly Earthquake in Nepal
Baltimore, April 30, 2015

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a US-based humanitarian agency with a presence in Nepal, will distribute more than 9,240 quilts, 1,000 personal care kits and 100 water filtration units in hard-hit areas of Kathmandu following Saturday's devastating earthquake. The items, pre-positioned in a United Nations depot in Dubai, are part of a comprehensive relief effort by the organization that will likely include cash transfers, shelter support and rehabilitation and other critical needs.

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Lutheran World Relief Readies Response Following Deadly Earthquake in Nepal
April 25, 2015

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal at 11:41 a.m. local time Saturday. Tremors were felt across northern India and neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan. Aftershocks continued throughout the day, one of which measured at a magnitude of 6.6. Damage to infrastructure is significant, and more than 1,400 people are confirmed dead, with the death toll expected to rise. It is reported to be the most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal in 81 years.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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