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Somine Karambe, with her two children Odi and Boscar and her mother-in-law, Fatuma Yanogue.
A Woman’s Work
By Nikki Massie
When it comes to fighting global poverty, reaching out to women in rural, developing communities makes a lot of sense. Here are just a few of the ways your support of Lutheran World Relief helps women improve their lives, families and futures.
When you reach out to women with LWR you...
Pave a path for the future
Somine is a shallot farmer from Mali, in West Africa. She belongs to Ya-G-Tu, a federation of women shallot farmers with whom LWR partners.
With the help of people like you, we’ve worked with Ya-G-Tu to improve the quality and value of their shallots. We’ve worked with the women to build storage facilities so that they can keep their shallots until market prices are highest, and we’ve helped them learn more about how to manage their business.
Somine envisions a bright future for her children thanks to the generosity of people like you, who support the work of LWR.
This woman was provided an LWR Quilt by our Caritas Peru partner, Mother of Mercy Women’s House (La Casa de la Mujer Madre de la Misericordia).
Provide comfort in life’s most difficult situations
This mother, who lives in Peru, received an LWR Quilt through our local partner organization, Caritas, and the Mother of Mercy Women’s House, which welcomes youth, single mothers, orphans and the elderly who want to learn a trade. Mother of Mercy also offers skill-building workshops in trades like sewing and cooking.
When you make and donate LWR Quilts & Kits, you help our partners reach out even further to help people in need. Sometimes your donations free up resources so local organizations can invest elsewhere. Other times, your gifts of love attract people our partners might not otherwise reach. Your gifts of LWR Quilts & Kits truly touch the lives of women, children and families.
Learn more about making LWR Quilts and Kits!
Gunjan Devi serves as a member of a local rescue team. Here she demonstrates how she makes rescue operation decisions during floods and other emergencies.
Make families stronger in the face of disaster
Gunjan Devi and her family live in Bihar, India, where more than 40 percent of the population lives in poverty. For women, the situation is even worse. Poverty in Bihar is exacerbated by frequent floods, which often lead to loss of life, livelihoods, livestock and shelter.
LWR worked with partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) to help women increase their participation in community meetings and in accessing government services. The project also helped families become more resilient to natural disasters through training on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness.
By helping families like Gunjan’s prepare for future disasters, especially flooding, you help families cope with disasters before they strike and give them a head-start on the road to recovery after.
Thank you for supporting women — and men, and families — with Lutheran World Relief! Check out this special International Women’s Day LWR blog post to learn more ways LWR’s programs help men and women around the world overcome poverty.
Nikki Massie is LWR’s Staff Writer.