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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 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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Drought Conditions in East Africa Remain Dire; Lutheran World Relief Mounts Long-Term Response
Baltimore, September 27, 2011

By the thousands, hungry, weary and desperate people continue to arrive at the gates of the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, seeking refuge from the drought and food crisis that has driven more than 13 million people across East Africa to the brink of starvation.

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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 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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Lutherans Across the Country Help Launch Lutheran Malaria Initiative
Baltimore, September 15, 2011

The Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) will launch publically Sept. 18-20 with several Lutheran congregations and schools hosting special offerings, awareness events and other activities.

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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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Lutheran World Relief Responds to Devastating Floods in the Philippines
Baltimore, December 17, 2011

Lutheran World Relief is responding to devastating flooding caused by a tropical storm on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines Friday night. At least 430 people are reported dead, many more are missing, and tens of thousands are affected. The flooding has destroyed homes and crops, including many in areas where LWR has worked for years.

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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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“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 Malaria Initiative Continues Ground-Breaking Work through Generous Gift from ELCA
Baltimore, November 4, 2011

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has pledged $250,000 to support Lutheran World Relief’s anti-malaria work in Tanzania through the Lutheran Malaria Initiative.

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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 Responds to House Budget Cuts
Baltimore, February 23, 2011

Last week the House of Representatives voted to cut more than $60 billion in U.S. international and domestic spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Although supportive of efforts to better steward public funds, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) urges U.S. Lutherans and lawmakers to remember that, when it comes to global relief and development, human lives hang in the balance.

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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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Lutheran World Relief Coffee Partnership Recognized for Innovative Practices
Baltimore, November 29, 2012

Lutheran World Relief received an award from InterAction’s Best Practices and Innovations (BPI) Initiative, for its work with Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative Enterprises (GCCE) in Uganda.

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As Horn of Africa Crisis Deepens, Lutheran World Relief Boosts Response
Baltimore, August, 16, 2011

As the number of people in danger of starvation continues to increase in East Africa, Lutheran World Relief is working with partners on the ground to carry out an immediate and long-term crisis response.

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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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Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and United Nations Foundation to Announce $45 Million Campaign to Fight Malaria
Baltimore, June 30, 2011

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the United Nations Foundation announced on Monday an unprecedented partnership to mobilize Lutherans in the United States in the fight against malaria in Africa.

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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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