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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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Lutheran World Relief Expands Food Crisis Response in Niger
Baltimore, August 2, 2012

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), through a generous $599,642 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is expanding its response to the food crisis in Niger.

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Lutheran World Relief to Distribute Tons of Seeds, Fertilizer to Distressed Niger Farmers
Baltimore, May 30, 2012

Planting season has begun in Niger, but without serious intervention, the country will remain in danger of not producing enough food to feed its people. That’s why Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is working with the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) to help farmers continue planting.

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Lutheran World Relief and Habitat for Humanity International Work Together to Provide Shelter and Improve Resilience Following Disasters
Baltimore, May 4, 2012

Safe housing for all is a complex problem throughout the world, but especially so after a disaster. With complementary missions and a similar approach to relief and development work, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), are coordinating to ensure that affected families receive the best assistance possible.

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Lutheran World Relief Calls for Moment of Prayer in Observance of World Malaria Day
Baltimore, April 24, 2012

In observance of World Malaria Day, April 25, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), through the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), is calling for a moment of prayer in remembrance of people around the world whose lives have been affected by malaria.

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Lutheran World Relief Honored for Contributions to Religion and Education
Baltimore, April 20, 2012

Each year the citizens of Walker County, Ala. nominate a person or organization for the Medgar W. Evers Award for Religion and Education, which recognizes valuable contributions made to humanity and the betterment of community. This year, on April 16, the award was presented to Lutheran World Relief.

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Lutheran World Relief Names Daniel Lee Vice President for External Relations
Baltimore, April 19, 2012

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Lee as Vice President for External Relations. Lee joined LWR in 2006 and has worked in a variety of communications and marketing roles, most recently as interim Vice President for External Relations and Director of Marketing.

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Lutheran World Relief Responds to Looming Food Crisis in West Africa
Baltimore, April 17, 2012

A serious food crisis is brewing in the Sahel region of West Africa, a region where more than 10 million people already face the threat of hunger every day. Recent failed rains, drought and rising food costs, among other factors, now threaten an additional 3.4 million people.

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“We are Land” Exhibit Opens in Bogotá, Colombia with Support from Lutheran World Relief
Baltimore, March 20, 2012

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), together with partner organizations in Colombia, celebrates the opening of the exhibit “We are Land” today at the Universidad del Rosario in downtown Bogotá.

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Lutheran World Relief Board Names Myrna Sheie Friend of LWR, Highlights Lutheran Malaria Initiative
Baltimore, February 9, 2012

At a special awards dinner in her honor, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) presented retiring board member Myrna Sheie a Friend of Lutheran World Relief Award.

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Concordia Invitational Tournament to benefit Lutheran Malaria Initiative
Baltimore, January 24, 2012

The Concordia Invitational Tournament set for Jan. 27-28 at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., will benefit the work of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI).

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Lutheran World Relief Assisting Flood Survivors in the Philippines
Baltimore, January 24, 2012

On the evening of December 16, Solidad Maestre encountered the most unforgettable typhoon of her life. The water was already knee-high when she began to pack her things, and by the time Solidad and her children vacated their home, the floodwaters had risen to chest level, forcing them to abandon their possessions.

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Lutheran World Relief Provides Critically Needed Water in the Philippines
Baltimore, January 23, 2012

Lutheran World Relief is providing emergency water services to families who still have no access to clean drinking water a month after a devastating typhoon ripped through the Philippines island of Mindanao, killing 1,257 people and affecting more than a million.

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Lutheran Malaria Initiative Contributes to Global Decline in Malaria Deaths
Baltimore, January 13, 2012

The World Health Organization recently released its World Malaria Report 2011, showing that the concerted global effort in recent years to combat malaria, including campaigns like the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), means that a third fewer people in Africa are dying of malaria now than in 2000.

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Lutherans Invite Students to Help End Malaria
Baltimore, December 22, 2011

The Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) and the ELCA Malaria Campaign today announced several new opportunities for college and university students at Lutheran schools to engage in the global fight against malaria. The programs, funded by the generous support of Arne and Ruth Sorenson of Washington, D.C., will help equip and inspire young leaders to make a difference in the global effort to end malaria deaths.

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