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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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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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