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A fisherman prepares to go out in his boat three years after Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Made Known Pictures

Three Years after Typhoon Haiyan

On November 8th, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. It was the strongest tropical storm ever to make landfall. With your support, people like Leonida, Antonio and Eduardo were able to start putting their lives back together. Here’s how.    

Two women in Peru sit in the grass with their new LWR Mission Quilts

How do Quilts & Kits get from the U.S. to the places they’re needed?

Follow Lutheran World Relief Quilts & Kits as they travel from Cambridge Lutheran Church in Minnesota to the highlands of Peru. We can’t control when disasters strike and we can’t end poverty overnight. But there are things we can do now to help people around the world reach their full potential. Learn how simple items […]


How Investing in Chocolate can be an Investment in a Culture

The Arhuaco, an indigenous community in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains, are engaged in a 50-year plan to save their ancestral homeland and restore a vital eco-system damaged by years of land grabbing, illegal mining, and slash and burn agriculture. Learn about how LWR is working with the Arhuaco to increase their incomes and improve their […]


From Nicaragua: Thank You for Making School Kits

Kenya Gonzalez Casablanco, a teacher at La Carona Elementary School in San Ramón, Nicaragua, says “thank you” to all the people in the U.S. who assemble School Kits for their students.

coffee farmers sort coffee on drying beds

Coffee Farming in Kenya: Lasting Solutions

Learn how extension officers and model farmers are helping other coffee farmers in Kenya improve their practices. This not only allows farmers earn more income for their families, but give their children more opportunities for health and education. Learn more about Ground Up: LWR’s Coffee and Cocoa Initiative Learn more about LWR’s work in Kenya

Maxima standing next to a cacao tree

Meet Maxima, Cocoa Farmer

Maxima Ventura Roque is a cocoa farmer in Peru. Learn about how Lutheran World Relief is working to improve her family’s life by giving her the tools she needs to earn a better income. Video footage by: Brad LaBriola, Made Known Pictures

Cocoa producer Hermógenes Pastrán Reyes removes raw cocoa beans from the pods on his plantation. Photo by Morgan Arnold, for LWR.

How Cocoa Farmers are Improving Their Incomes in Nicaragua

Lutheran World Relief improves the incomes of small-scale cocoa farmers in Rio San Juan, Nicaragua. Find out how.

Two men work among thousands of coffee seedlings at a coffee nursery located in the community of Las Brisas. Photo by Morgan Arnold, for LWR.

How Coffee Farmers are Responding to Leaf Rust in Nicaragua

Throughout 2013, coffee farmers in Nicaragua were hard-hit by a fungus, commonly called “leaf rust.” This video talks about how farmers are responding. Video by Morgan Arnold, for LWR

Worker in cheese plant

A mining company and a nonprofit are working together to improve the lives of people in Peru. Here’s how.

More than half of the population of the district of Hualgayoc, Peru, lives in extreme poverty. The region also has a long history of mining, which has not been free of conflict. To change this reality, an unusual partnership formed between private enterprise, international donors, and local non-governmental groups. Learn more about this project Video […]

cocoa producer Nevardo Gómez

Meet Nevardo: Lasting Solutions for Sustainable Income

Nevardo Gomez and his wife live in Nicaragua. They have grown corn, rice and beans on their farm for 22 years, but those crops didn’t always generate enough income to support the family. Learn how Lutheran World Relief is teaching farmers how to grow quality cocoa, a cash crop that can thrive in Central America […]

a woman and child walk down a dirt road

Cocoa Farming in Peru: Lasting Solutions to Injustice

What would you do if terrorists forced you to grow coca for cocaine? How would you find an alternative? Lutheran World Relief is helping farmers on the border of Peru and Colombia find alternative livelihoods by growing cocoa for chocolate. Here’s how. —— Video by Brad LaBriola, Made Known Pictures

Wilkister Atandi is a member of Orinde Farmers' Cooperative Society in Rachuonyo South, Kenya.  She has seen her income increase from $35 to $94 since the Rachuonyo South Coffee Project began June 5, 2014 .Photo by Jake Lyell for Lutheran World Relief / KindSight

Meet Atandi: A Coffee Farmer in Kenya

Atandi Wilkister is a smallholder coffee farmer in the Rachunoyo district in Kenya. Lutheran World Relief works with farmers like her to improve their incomes and strengthen their livelihoods. Here’s how. ——- Video by Jake Lyell