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From Relief to Recovery

By Nikki Massie

Long after an emergency fades from the headlines, we still remember the images.

Like the crumbled buildings and tent camps of the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010. And the tens of thousands of people who flocked to Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps fleeing hunger and poverty in 2011.

Your support helps us respond quickly and efficiently to these emergencies. Your ongoing support helps us keep responding long after those emergencies fade from the news.

In both Haiti and East Africa, many of our program activities have transitioned from immediate relief to long-term recovery. Here’s an update on what we’re doing with your help.


Mother receives LWR Baby Care Kit in Haiti.
Jonathan Ernst for LWR. Marie Sylsalve, who gave birth to baby McAnley just 12 days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, receives an LWR Baby Care Kit.

The January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake struck a chord around the world. This embattled island nation is one of the poorest in the western hemisphere. People there face so much adversity every day and this devastating earthquake seemed to heap hardship on top of hardship.

LWR has worked in Haiti since 1997, reaching out to rural communities to help improve agricultural livelihoods. In the aftermath of the earthquake, through your generous support, we were able to distribute water, food and other items like tarps and LWR Quilts and Kits. We also carried out cash-for-work programs that helped families earn money while improving their land.

Today, we continue our long-term, sustainable development work in Haiti, fighting poverty by helping farmers improve their land, crops and income. We’re also helping families stay healthy by ensuring access to potable water.

Explore LWR’s In Depth website to learn more about how your support is improving lives in Haiti.

Ambiya and her child with an LWR Mission Quilt.
Jonathan Ernst for LWR.

East Africa

This is Ambiya. She fled Somalia just two days after giving birth to her son, Hamza, and walked for weeks to reach the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya. Thanks to the support of people like you, she received a Baby Care Kit for her son and was able to access food and shelter.

At the height of the drought and food crisis in the Horn of Africa, Dadaab saw more than 1,000 new arrivals a day and hit a population high point of nearly 500,000 residents. The camp was only built to accommodate 90,000.

LWR has worked with Lutheran World Federation, which manages camp operations, for years, ensuring refugees get access to the services they need. With your support and that of the Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migrants (BPRM), we were able to continue that work even as camp population rose.

We recently received a generous $449,894 grant from BPRM to continue working in the camps to train refugee leaders to be the voice of the camp population, provide psychological and social support to refugees and to ensure the well-being of communities surrounding the camps by ensuring they have access to hygiene and sanitation.

Explore LWR’s In Depth website to learn more about our work in Kenya to fight hunger and poverty.

Nikki Massie is LWR’s Staff Writer.

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