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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lutheran World Relief, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Fair Trade USA Strengthen Relationships with Smallholder Farmers through International Coffee Forum in Indonesia
Baltimore, November 21, 2013

More than 100 members of the Sumatran coffee supply chain gathered in Medan, Indonesia, last month for Temu Kupi Sumatra 2013 — an international coffee forum hosted by Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and Fair Trade USA (FT USA). At the three-day event, smallholder coffee farmers sat side-by-side with representatives from international coffee corporations and leaders in the Sumatran coffee community to discuss the most pressing issues in local coffee production today.

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Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Foundation, and members commit up to $2 million to Typhoon Haiyan Relief through Lutheran Agencies
Baltimore, November 21, 2013

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation have announced that they will partner with Thrivent members to commit up to $2 million to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines through several grant programs.

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Lutheran World Relief Providing Shelter Repair, Debris Removal in the Philippines
Baltimore, November 14, 2013

In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) staff in the Philippines are working to begin distributing shelter repair kits and organize debris removal efforts in northern Cebu and western Leyte, two of the areas hardest-hit by the devastating storm.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pledges $1 Million for Lutheran World Relief’s Typhoon Haiyan Response
Baltimore, November 12, 2013

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) announced today that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has pledged to provide $1 million toward LWR’s response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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Lutheran World Relief Prepares Shipment of Quilts and Kits, Addresses Urgent Needs for Thousands Affected by Typhoon Haiyan
Baltimore, November 11, 2013

As the extent of the massive damage from Typhoon Haiyan becomes clear, Lutheran World Relief today mobilized an immediate shipment of relief items to the Philippines and began making preparations to address immediate needs of shelter repair and debris removal.

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Lutheran World Relief Commits $50,000 to Respond to Philippines Super Typhoon
Baltimore, November 9, 2013

Early yesterday morning, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Widely reported to be one of the strongest storms in recorded history, Haiyan hit land with maximum sustained wind speeds of nearly 150 miles per hour and gusts of up to 170 miles per hour, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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John Nunes and Monique Nunes Receive Friend of LWR Awards
Baltimore, November 7, 2013

At its fall meeting, the Lutheran World Relief board of directors honored LWR’s former president and CEO, the Rev. Dr. John Nunes, and his wife Monique Nunes, with the Friend of LWR Award. John Nunes, currently the Emil and Elfrieda Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, served at LWR from 2007 until August of this year. Monique Nunes, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Programs at Valparaiso, often volunteered and spoke on LWR’s behalf during her husband’s tenure as CEO.

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Lutheran World Relief, USAID Work to Advance Equality for Female Farmers in Honduras
Baltimore, October 22, 2013

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will implement the project, “Gender in Agriculture: From Policy to Practice” in Honduras.

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Lutheran World Relief Receives Department of State Grant to Continue Post-Drought Recovery in East Africa
Baltimore, October 21, 2013

The Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya are currently home to more than 470,000 people. That’s down slightly from the nearly 500,000 living there at the height of the East Africa drought and food crisis two years ago, but still vastly more than the 90,000 people it was built to accommodate.

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Lutheran World Relief Earns Third Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
Baltimore, August 7, 2013

Baltimore, August 7, 2013 – Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, has awarded Lutheran World Relief (LWR) four stars, its highest rating, for the third year in a row. Charity Navigator assesses nonprofits’ fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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Lutheran World Relief Responds to Flooding in India
Baltimore, July 30, 2013

Baltimore, July 30, 2013 — Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has pledged $25,000 to provide relief assistance to families affected by recent severe flooding in India. In mid-June, an early start to the monsoon rains in northern India resulted in flooding in Uttarakhand State, forcing approximately 100,000 people to evacuate. The floods killed more than 1,000 individuals and affected an estimated 1.25 million people, the U.N. reports.

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Lutheran World Relief Welcomes New Global Food Security Act
Baltimore, July 25, 2013

Baltimore, July 25, 2013 — Lutheran World Relief (LWR), together with more than 30 other leading non-governmental organizations engaged in the fight to end global hunger and malnutrition, today welcomed the introduction of the Global Food Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 2822) by Representatives Betty McCollum (MN-4) , Aaron Schock (IL-18) and James McGovern (MA-2).

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