Our development projects focus on issues at the root causes of poverty. These debilitating causes tend to domino into more and more problems that trap people in poverty.

By the same token, attacking just one of these issues can help break the cycle, making people’s lives better and freeing them from suffering in many ways.

SUPPORT FARMERS & AGRICULTURE

LWR helps small-scale farmers access credit, learn about improved agricultural inputs and techniques, increase their yields, access markets and, ultimately, improve their incomes — so the people who feed the world don’t have to worry about feeding their own families.

Projects Engaged in Agriculture in 2013:*
  • Africa 35
  • Asia 16
  • Latin America 32

RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES

When disaster strikes, LWR is there, providing life-saving relief and support to those most in need. And LWR’s response continues long after the headlines have faded, working with communities to rebuild their lives, recover their livelihoods, build resilience and pave the path to a brighter future.

Projects Engaged in Emergency & Material Resources in 2013:*
  • Africa 24
  • Asia 29
  • Latin America 7
  • US & Worldwide9

ENHANCE WATER ACCESS & QUALITY

LWR works with local partners to improve rural communities’ access to water, digging wells and drilling boreholes, building and restoring irrigation systems, providing clean drinking water during emergencies, and training communities on sanitation practices and water management.

Projects Engaged in Water in 2013:*
  • Africa 16
  • Asia 3
  • Latin America 15

REDUCE RISKS OF DISASTERS & CLIMATE

Lutheran World Relief helps rural communities adapt to the detrimental effects of changing weather patterns by focusing on agricultural techniques that make the best use of the land and water resources available. We also implement Disaster Risk Reduction programs on the principle that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Projects Engaged in Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction in 2013:*
  • Africa 12
  • Asia 14
  • Latin America 20

IMPROVE HEALTH & LIVELIHOODS

LWR works both to educate people about malaria and other diseases of poverty and to improve their economic situation so they are able to access health care services.

Projects Engaged in Health & Livelihoods in 2013:*
  • Africa 7
  • Asia 4
  • Latin America 4

EXPAND CIVIC PARTICIPATION

LWR educates and empowers marginalized people to raise their voices, advocate with their governments, and participate in the decision making processes that affect their lives.

Projects Engaged in Civic Participation & Government Accountability in 2013:*
  • Africa 0
  • Asia 1
  • Latin America 18
* Many projects include activities in multiple sectors; therefore, the total number of projects according to sector is greater than the total number of projects overall. 'Engaged' means that the project had at least one component related to that sector.
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