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LWR Expands Philippines Typhoon Response Thanks to ELCA Gift

Lutheran World Relief’s work with families in the Philippines to recover from last month’s powerful typhoon is scaling up, thanks to a $50,000 gift from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The gift will allow LWR to significantly expand our emergency response on the island of Mindanao, reaching an additional 1,500 families, in addition to [...]Read More...

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Youth leadership is a win-win for Nicaraguan coffee communities

Several times a week, Maryeli Lopez, 22, hops on her motorcycle and drives down the hill from her family’s mountainside coffee farm in the northern Nicaragua region of Jinotega to visit her neighbors. She’s not paying a social call. Rather, she travels to neighboring coffee farms to pass along information about growing techniques, plant diseases [...]Read More...

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An aid worker surveys a destroyed building in war-torn Iraq.

In a world of crisis, here’s how you can do a world of good

Crisis. Disasters. Conflict. It seems there isn’t a corner of the world that doesn’t have overwhelming humanitarian need right now. The refugee crisis, fueled by conflict in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, has reached the highest level in recorded history, surpassing the totals last seen in World War II. In Africa, at least four nations [...]Read More...

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Ram Singh Gurung sits in front of his newly constructed home in Nepal's Gorkha District.

Nepal: Two Years After the Earthquake, a Place to Call Home

On April 25, 2017, we mark the second anniversary of the deadly earthquake that struck Nepal. Its toll was huge, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring 20,000 more and destroying more than 600,000 homes. A second earthquake hit on May 12, causing more damage and casualties. Together, the suffering they caused is incalculable. Your support has [...]Read More...

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Project participant in India shows his photos to the group.

A Birds-Eye View: LWR Asks Participants to Evaluate Projects Through Photography

What happens when you give a camera to participants in a Lutheran World Relief project and ask them to show you the most significant changes it brought in their lives? While most project evaluations focus exclusively on metrics to measure progress as envisioned by the evaluator, LWR has been experimenting with participant-centered evaluation methodologies for [...]Read More...

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Ilsian Coronada Díaz with radishes she grew in her home garden in the community of Las Haciendas, located in the municipality of Candelaria.

Nurturing Women Leaders in Honduras

According to the World Food Program, Honduras is the third poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 1.5 million of its 8.5 million people facing food insecurity. Although women make up a major part of agricultural labor force, they receive lower incomes and experience greater food insecurity than men because they have less [...]Read More...

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Petrus Kadu, in his 50s, prunes a coffee tree on his farm in the mountainous town of Bajawa, Flores Island, Indonesia.

Keeping Coffee Farming in the Family

Across the developing world, coffee farmers face a dilemma: they’re growing older – the average age of the coffee farmer is over 60 years old – but their children have no interest in taking their place. The younger generation tends to migrate to cities, where they’ll have a better chance at making a living. For [...]Read More...

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Soamen Jose, a Haitian farmer and midwife on her way to attend to a birth in the community

Haiti: a Partnership of Recovery and Progress

January 12 marks the seventh anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti that caused so much death and suffering for people who were already living in extreme poverty. Lutheran World Relief had already been working in Haiti, but we increased our presence in the aftermath of the disaster. Each year since the earthquake, we’ve [...]Read More...

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Coffee beans attached to the plant on the plantation of producer José Aquiles Espinoza.

Preserving the Environmental Legacy of Colombian Coffee Growers

Coffee grower Oscar Morales Ospina proudly cultivates his crop on a five-acre farm left in his care a decade ago by his late father. The beans he grows near the town of Marulanda in central Colombia support his family and provide someone somewhere with a satisfying morning cup of joe. “I was born on the [...]Read More...

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Sorting beans at the CEDO warehouse in Rakai, Uganda

Farming as Family Business

ON THE GROUNDS SURROUNDING A ONE-STORY WAREHOUSE in the Rakai district of Uganda, dozens of women pore carefully over piles of beans spread over plastic sheets, intently sorting out any defects. There is a festive, family picnic kind of atmosphere, as children play alongside their working mothers. These women are part of a bean supply chain that is increasing the [...]Read More...

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