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Eufemia Chaparro with her youngest Seyarimaku, 2, outside their home in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in Colombia. Lutheran World Relief has been providing technical support to the Arhuaco community in cocoa and coffee farming techniques. The Arhuaco have been systematically buying farms located on their ancestral homelands and repopulating them. LWR is supporting their initiative to transition to cocoa farming a crop that grows well in the hotter, wetter low lands, but is new to the Arhuaco community. Sara A. Fajardo for Lutheran World Relief

Help LWR start 2018 off right

Make no mistake about it – 2017 was an eventful year. Food crisis in South Sudan, flash floods in India and Nepal, devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. Thanks to your generous support,  Lutheran World Relief has been able to respond to these emergencies while continuing to work to improve the lives of families living in [...]Read More...

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Mark your calendars: Giving Tuesday (November 28) is the LWR Goat-a-Thon!

Giving Tuesday is the end of a string of themed days after Thanksgiving that kick off the holiday season. This year, we decided to do a little something different to celebrate this day devoted to giving. We’re hosting our very first LWR Goat-a-Thon! What’s an LWR Goat-a-Thon? On Giving Tuesday, November 28, we’ll be talking [...]Read More...

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LWR Update: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

As of the writing of this blog post, it’s been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rains and wind that have left millions without electricity, access to safe water, and other basic necessities. With the support of people like you, LWR is responding in the Adjuntas municipality of Puerto Rico by [...]Read More...

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The Thrivent Action Team at Hope Lutheran Church in Powell, WY

Spread global holiday cheer with Thrivent Action Teams

Shirley Robish, of Strandburg, South Dakota, recently wrote to tell us about a new tradition her family has started for Christmas. “For the past three Christmas gatherings,” she says, “part of our gift giving involves LWR Kits.” Each member of her family contributes items for various types of kits as a part of their gifts to one [...]Read More...

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The 2017 LWR Christmas Matching Gift Challenge!

Great news! There’s still time to DOUBLE your Christmas gift to families in need during the LWR Christmas Matching Gift challenge because we’ve received an additional $178,700! That means that when you give a gift before December 31, a group of Lutheran World Relief supporters will match that gift – up to $357,200! Double your gift today! [...]Read More...

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Members of Morning Star Lutheran Church at a Kit Assembly at Morning Star Church in Matthews, NC 2016

Putting the “Luther” in “Lutheran World Relief”

What does it mean to be “Lutheran?” If you asked 100 Lutherans that question, you’d probably get 100 different answers. In the United States, we often joke that being Lutheran means drinking lots of coffee after church and having a casserole for Sunday dinner. But, at its simplest, being Lutheran means being a child of [...]Read More...

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View from left rear corner of church with quilts on every other chair

Blessing of the Quilts, 2017

Quilts have played a major part of Lutheran World Relief’s mission since our founding in 1945. That means, for over 70 years, quilters across the country have lovingly stitched thousands upon thousands of quilts for distribution as part of LWR’s many projects. Their quilts have traveled all over the world, from Peru to India to [...]Read More...

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5 Things You May Not Know About Coffee

  An estimated 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. We are so passionate about it we’ve even fashioned a whole dialect around ordering it from coffeehouses. 1. The United States is not the largest importer of coffee While coffee is the largest food import in the [...]Read More...

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Gustavo and his granddaughter Maryering

Helping farmers like Gustavo provide for their families

We first introduced you to Gustavo as a farmer whose coffee is a part of the new LWR Farmers Market Coffee – a line sourced directly from farmers working with Lutheran World Relief. This is the story of how your support of LWR has helped Gustavo – and how you can continue to help other [...]Read More...

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vegetables from sands of Sahara desert

Ali grows vegetables from sands of Sahara desert

Ali Forach fled conflict in Mali and has been living in Mberra refugee camp in Mauritania since 2012. “When I arrived, there was nothing here,” Ali recalls. “From here to the horizon only hills of sand.” Now, he is growing peanuts and watermelons in a place where the desert heat can reach 120 degrees during [...]Read More...

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Fabian Ospina Florez

Clean Water Means Better Coffee and a Better Life for Fabian and Luzdela

Fabian Ospina Florez and his wife, Luzdela, grow and process coffee on about 5 acres in the town of Manzanares in Colombia. And they’ve improved the quality of their coffee and their life thanks, in large part, to cleaner water. Like so many coffee farmers in this country known for its high-quality coffee, Fabian and [...]Read More...

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