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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Etrenine Errilus, 50, poses for a portrait with daughter Delnise Derice, 18, in her home garden in the town of Falingant, in Haiti's Northeast province.

Help families in Haiti recover from disaster and move forward

Etrenine lives in Haiti, where she and her family depend on their crops to have enough to eat. Even before Hurricane Matthew’s 100-mile-per-hour winds, flooding and mudslides wreaked havoc on the small island nation in October 2016, this family was struggling to get by. Then the storm destroyed most of Etrenine’s crops and they were left with [...]Read More...

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Asking the Right Questions: Inside an LWR Project Evaluation

Asking the right questions - ones that will help to understand the true impact of a project - is crucial to improving our work around the world. Recently Morgan Mercer, of ACDI/VOCA, attended LWR's evaluation of the Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) project in Nicaragua, which used two creative methods to get meaningful feedback directly from the people involved in the project. [...]Read More...

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Help families like Mary’s recover and fight back drought

Mary and her young children live in rural Kenya. She grows eggplant and okra on her farm. But feeding her hungry family has been a desperate struggle when the rains don’t arrive on time in this seasonally dry land. For the past few years, Kenya and surrounding regions have been facing terrible droughts. And when [...]Read More...

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Gustavo and his granddaughter Maryering

Introducing LWR Farmers Market Coffee

Through your generous gifts to Lutheran World Relief, you support coffee farmers around the world by helping them improve their coffee crops, business skills, and quality of life. And now there’s another way to directly connect with coffee farmers through Lutheran World Relief. We’re excited to launch LWR Farmers Market Coffee — a line of coffee [...]Read More...

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LWR Farmers Market: Meet Abelino

Before Abelino got up to speak to us about his coffee, he made the sign of the cross on himself. What he was about to share was sacred to him. "Coffee is a noble crop," he told our staff. "Because it is in high demand and it is difficult to raise." Indeed, growing coffee has not been easy for Abelino, or any of the other farmers in his cooperative, SOPPEXCCA, in Nicaragua. But that's been changing, thanks to people like you [...]Read More...

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LWR Farmers Market: Meet José

In the 1970s, war in Nicaragua forced his family to leave their hometown and move to San Isabel.  He and his wife have 10 children -- five sons and five daughters. By the 1980s, José had begun growing a small amount of coffee as a part of a cooperative that he compares to the army, because he was told what to do on his farm and wasn't allowed to manage himself. In 1986, through land reforms, José received a parcel of land of about 7 hectares (about 17 acres), and immediately gave a small piece of land to each of his children and they, too, began to grow coffee. [...]Read More...

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Gustavo and his granddaughter Maryering

LWR Farmers Market Coffee: Meet Gustavo

LWR Farmers Market Coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in Lutheran World Relief projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers are given a stable, predictable, and higher price upfront for their beans. With LWR Farmers Market Coffee, [...]Read More...

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Sevu Kanyasya and his daughter, Wuyua (6), plant seedlings in their garden in Makueni County, Kenya.

Celebrate Father’s Day with LWR Gifts!

Father’s Day is June 18. What better way to honor the dads in your life than with an LWR Gift? Behind each gift there are real people — real dads — whose lives are improved by your generosity. To get you inspired, here are a few dads you reach with your support. Godfrey, from Uganda [...]Read More...

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Acutely malnourished one-year-old boy Nyabiel is weighed in a hospital in Ganyliel, South Sudan.

Reaching out to starving children in South Sudan

Famine has been declared in two counties in South Sudan. LWR and partner, IMA World Health, are working together to reach children who are so severely malnourished that they are near death. Please pray for the people of South Sudan - and please support our work there. [...]Read More...

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