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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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Lutheran World Relief Responds to Displacement in Myanmar (Burma)
Baltimore, July 15, 2013

Baltimore, July 15, 2013 —In response to inter-communal conflict and resulting internal displacement in Myanmar (Burma), LWR has pledged $25,000 to support the work of Lutheran World Federation (LWF) through the ACT Alliance.

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Lutheran World Relief Continues Support for Typhoon Survivors
Baltimore, July 8, 2013

Seven months after Typhoon Bopha—locally known as Typhoon Pablo—struck the Philippines with high winds and heavy rainfall, LWR continues to support populations affected by the storm.

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Lutheran World Relief Releases Toolkit for Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers in Latin America
Baltimore, June 27, 2013

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has released a new resource for small-scale cocoa farmers and their cooperatives in Latin America entitled Learning and Innovation in the Sustainable Management of Cocoa in Agro-Forestry Systems.  The toolkit includes practical guides covering topics such as plant maintenance, post-harvest processing, fermentation and drying, as well as organic and sustainably-sourced certification and marketing to help farmers secure higher prices for their products. The toolkit also features calendars for plantation management and guidance for soil and climate assessment, which are integrated into self-guided learning modules. The toolkit fills a gap in resources for famers who are learning about cocoa production and often working without technical support.

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LWR Board of Directors Presents Friend of LWR Award, Welcomes New Member
Baltimore, June 3, 2013

At its meeting in May, the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) board of directors voted to add the Rev. Tim Runtsch to the board, and presented the Friend of LWR Award to longtime volunteer Norma Good.

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Lutheran World Relief President John Nunes Announces Resignation, Appointment at Valparaiso University
Baltimore, May 16, 2013

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) President and CEO John Nunes announced today that he will resign his position at LWR to assume the Emil and Elfrieda Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. His last day at LWR will be September 1.

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New Partnership Extends the Reach of LWR Quilts and Kits
Baltimore, April 23, 2013

Through a new partnership with the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD), Lutheran World Relief plans to position Quilts and Kits near disaster-prone areas for timely distribution following an emergency.

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LWR encourages special prayer on World Malaria Day, April 25
Baltimore, April 22, 2013

In observation of World Malaria Day, Thursday, April 25, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), through the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, is encouraging Lutherans to remember those suffering from malaria by praying a special prayer.

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Lutheran World Relief to Urge Implementation of Colombian “Victims’ Law” at April 3 Conference
Baltimore, April 2, 2013

Zoraida Castillo, Lutheran World Relief´s country director for Colombia, will speak at the April 3, 2013 conference “Land and the Colombian Peace Agenda,” to be held at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, D.C. The conference aims to provide fresh analysis of the debates surrounding agrarian development in Colombia and educate U.S. policymakers and the public about Colombia’s current peace process and the nation’s Victims’ and Land Restitution Law.

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You can help Orange Out Malaria! with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative
Baltimore, April 1, 2013

Every April 25, the world observes World Malaria Day. This year, from April 21-27, Lutherans across the United States will come together to “Orange Out Malaria!” as part of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI).

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Lutheran World Relief Board Elects New Member, New Leaders
Baltimore, February 21, 2013

Lutheran World Relief’s board of directors met January 29 – 30 in Houston, Texas, where they elected Dr. William Craft, president of Concordia College, in Moorhead Minn., as their newest member.

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Lutheran World Relief Responds to Devastating Philippines Typhoon
Baltimore, December 6, 2012

Families in Mindanao, Philippines, were still working to recover from 2011’s Tropical Storm Washi when Typhoon Bopha struck the island in the early morning hours of December 4. Now Lutheran World Relief is rushing to respond to the overwhelming needs of people whose lives have been devastated by the storm.

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Lutheran World Relief Coffee Partnership Recognized for Innovative Practices
Baltimore, November 29, 2012

Lutheran World Relief received an award from InterAction’s Best Practices and Innovations (BPI) Initiative, for its work with Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative Enterprises (GCCE) in Uganda.

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LWR Gifts Advent Giving Trees help those in need “unwrap a better life”
Baltimore, November 12, 2012

Parents, grandparents, and especially children want to help make the world a better place. LWR Gifts, the alternative giving project from Lutheran World Relief, is making it easier for U.S. Lutherans to get involved in the global fight against poverty with its new Advent Giving Tree project.

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Lutheran World Relief Expands Work with Cocoa Farmers in Central America
Baltimore, October 31, 2012

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), through a $247,500 grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), is implementing “Pathways to Prosperity in the Cocoa Value Chain” in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. LWR will directly implement the 18-month project, working with six cocoa producer organizations and three women's groups throughout the three countries.

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Lutheran World Relief and The Latin America Working Group Release Report on Land Restitution Amid Conflict in Colombia, South America
Baltimore, October 12, 2012

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) this week released the report “Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia´s Caribbean Coast.”

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Lutheran World Relief Board Celebrates Church Partners and Welcomes Newest Members
Baltimore, October 5, 2012

Lutheran World Relief’s (LWR’s) board of directors met September 27 and 28, celebrating LWR’s longstanding partnerships with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and welcoming two new board members.

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LWR Partner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Urge Support for Small-scale Farmers
Baltimore, September 27, 2012

Willington Wamayeye, co-founder and managing director of the Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative Enterprises (GCCE), a Lutheran World Relief partner in Uganda, joined a panel of distinguished speakers at a special event highlighting food security hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, during the United Nations General Assembly.

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Lutheran World Relief to Co-Host National Cocoa Forum in Nicaragua; Present New Cocoa Toolkit for Central American Farmers
Baltimore, September 18, 2012

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Center for Tropical Agriculture Research and Education (CATIE) will host this year´s National Cocoa Forum in Managua, Nicaragua on September 19 and 20. At the forum, LWR will present an innovative and user-friendly toolkit designed to help farmers, cooperatives and agricultural extension workers to improve cocoa production and processing as well as strengthen their business models.

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Lutheran World Relief to Co-sponsor National Human Rights Award in Colombia, South America
Baltimore, August 28, 2012

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is pleased to co-sponsor the National Human Rights Award in Colombia, South America to honor the work of the nation’s human rights defenders. The award is the first of its kind and will be granted annually to one individual and one organization chosen for their outstanding contributions to advance human rights in Colombia.

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