LWR’s projects aim to help the Filipinos who live in the most remote regions, out of touch with the government and living far below the poverty line. Places that are separated by an “ocean” both literally and figuratively. Working with community groups, LWR provides these folks with the skills and tools they need to make changes at the village level (or Barangay) and get attention from government programs.
Your support helps LWR fight injustice and poverty in the Philippines.
Strengthening village and tribal influence on government policy:
- Building infrastructure such as tribal meeting halls
- Bringing women and groups with similar interests together in people’s organizations (POs)
- Providing leadership development training to PO members
Supporting Arms to Farms: the PEACE (Productivity Enhancement Assistance for Community Empowerment) project to help combatants-turned-farmers who have chosen peace and want to help their communities:
- Training in agriculture skills and techniques increase farmers’ crop yields
- Providing micro-financing that lets them invest in up front purchases like good seeds and equipment
- Helping small farmers earn more income for their efforts
- Establishing marketplaces where farmers can sell their harvests and providing necessary market equipment (i.e. scales)
- Providing technical training on agriculture methods and new skills like collective marketing
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Establishing community-managed, disaster risk reducing systems:
- Providing technical guidance at the village level on how to plan evacuation routes and set up rescue services
Typhoon Bopha struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The typhoon brought wind gusts of 130 miles per hour and heavy rainfall, triggering landslides and floods along the coast of southern Mindanao and in farming and mining towns inland.
Lutheran World Relief is assessing the damage and the needs of families. Our assessment is being conducted in coordination with the United Nations, local governments and non-governmental organizations and in consultation with our partners in the ACT Alliance.