Sustainable development.
Lasting promise.
These four words make up Lutheran World Relief's tagline and represent its core philosophy — of working with people and communities to build better lives and stronger futures.

In 2013, your support of Lutheran World Relief reached:

people

7,759,262

People
globe

35

Countries
projects

185

Projects

Emergencies:

Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on the morning of November 8 as one of the world’s most powerful storms on record to make landfall. The Category 5 typhoon made landfall near Leyte Province in Eastern Visayas Region causing massive destruction and loss of life. More than 13 million people have been affected by the typhoon. LWR is working with partners to develop an emergency response program that focuses on the most urgent needs, such as providing shelter, clearing debris and creating financial resources for recovering families.

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An extremely powerful typhoon (Typhoon Bopha) struck the Philippines December 4, 2012 causing landslides and flooding along the coast of southern Mindanao and in farming and mining towns inland. The typhoon claimed hundreds of lives and left tens of thousands without shelter. LWR is working with partners to develop an emergency response program that focuses on the most urgent needs, such as rebuilding livelihoods, providing shelter and creating financial resources for recovering families.

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Sudan/Darfur

During a referendum in January 2011, the people of southern Sudan voted to secede from northern Sudan, a move which culminated in the South Sudan's declaration of independence on July 9, 2011. Meanwhile, conflict between the government and rebel forces continues and people in the Darfur region of Western Sudan remain in dire need of food, access to water, health programs and other humanitarian assistance.

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East Africa

The worst drought in 60 years is creating severe food and water shortages for millions of impoverished people in the Horn of Africa. Combined with ongoing conflict in many countries, the region is facing an urgent, life-threatening humanitarian crisis.

Millions of people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya are affected by drought conditions which have led to widespread starvation and have driven hundreds of thousands from their homes in search of humanitarian assistance.

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Syria

The civil war in Syria now extends to its third year, as the number of civilian casualties, externally displaced people and refugees continues to grow. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 6.5 million people are displaced within Syria and more than 2.3 million have taken refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. LWR has been responding with Quilts and Kits, as well as supporting the humanitarian responses of our partners in the region.

You can help! We are currently accepting donations to this crisis. Please send financial contributions to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061 (note Syria on check) or call 1.800.597.5972. Quilts and Kits are greatly needed to help LWR keep responding to this crisis as well as other emergencies around the world.

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Crisis in West Africa

A serious food crisis has developed in the Sahel region of West Africa that puts an estimated 18.7 million people at risk for hunger in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. In Mali, internal conflict has caused the displacement of more than 260,000 people, who have fled the country into neighboring countries already struggling to cope with the on-going food crisis.

LWR is carrying out a multi-faceted response to this crisis, aimed at helping rural communities, especially in Niger, meet their needs while increasing their resilience to future crises. LWR is also responding to the needs of families affected by the conflict in Mali. Learn more about how you can help.

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Indonesia

On February 1, 2014, Mt. Sinabung, in the North Sumatra Province of Indonesia, erupted, killing at least 15 people and displacing nearly 30,000 more. Staff report no damage to LWR projects in Indonesia and are coordinating with partners on the ground to assess needs in order to reach out to people who have been affected. Please join LWR in praying for the people of Indonesia.

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South Sudan

On December 15, 2013 fighting broke out between various elements of South Sudan's armed forces, displacing as many as 189,000, who are now in need of humanitarian assistance (SOURCE: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

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