ELSIE STROMBERG was just a child when she found herself living in a refugee camp in the throes of World War II. It was there that she received a school bag, which allowed her to continue her education. Now Elsie and her husband live in Minnesota and attend Cambridge Lutheran Church, where they sew school bags that get filled with the essential supplies in LWR School Kits.

Follow LWR Quilts and Kits from assembly to distribution

ELSIE STROMBERG was just a child when she found herself living in a refugee camp in the throes of World War II. It was there that she received a school bag, which allowed her to continue her education. Now Elsie and her husband live in Minnesota and attend Cambridge Lutheran Church, where they sew school [...]Read More...

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Leonida Carupo

Meet families thriving three years after Typhoon Haiyan

LEONIDA CARUPO and her family lost nearly everything when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Their house was destroyed and they lost their only means of livelihood. But what they didn’t lose was hope. Thanks to generous people like you, Leonida’s family has been able to rebuild their home; they’ve received a [...]Read More...

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The Wotea family sits in front of their house in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)

Visit the Wotea’s fruitful family coffee farm

GODFREY WOTEA farms on a small plot of land on Mt. Elgon in Uganda that was left to him by his father. His family has grown coffee for generations, but their farming methods and lack of resources meant they didn’t grow much, and what they did grow wasn’t high enough quality to earn a good [...]Read More...

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Giving Thanks, In Spite Of It All

Poverty. Protests. Refugees. Earthquakes, typhoons and hurricanes. Terror. ISIS. Sometimes it can feel like too much. I recently gave a talk to a group of adults at my church. I talked about how Lutheran World Relief is providing support for refugees from Syria and South Sudan. And I talked about our work to get people [...]Read More...

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Simple Living, Smart Giving

DOROTHY “DOT” PALMQUIST says she doesn’t need that much in life – food, shelter, some clothing. What she cares about more than accumulating more things is making sure families around the world have what they need to survive and thrive. “My dad was a pastor,” says the 85-year-old mother of three and grandmother of five. “I learned early to give to church and support [...]Read More...

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Lindor Wisly

Haitian Coffee Farmers Diversify for Better Food Security, Quality of Life

PICTURE IT: two boys standing on the patchy front lawn on the small coffee farm of Lindor Wisly, in Dondon, northeast Haiti. One is Mr. Wisly’s son and is tall, what you might call a bean pole. He looks healthy and exuberant, and has an infectious smile. The other child is smaller, more reserved. He keeps a straight face and shies away [...]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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A group of mothers learn to prepare healthy meals for their families.

Combatting Childhood Malnutrition in the Philippines

In a modest home in the Philippines, Arlinda Dalabalan sits among about 20 children — ages 5 to 8 — singing a song. Before the song she’d clipped the children’s nails, combed their hair and inspected their scalps. When the song is done she’ll teach them how to properly wash their hands and record each [...]Read More...

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Maria Sosa grafts a branch from a healthy cacao tree onto a less productive one.

Solving Problems with Imagination and Courage

Dr. William J. Craft, the newly elected chair of Lutheran World Relief ’s board of directors, is the president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Here he reflects on his first opportunity to see an LWR project, when he visited coffee and cocoa farmers in Honduras. LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF is perhaps best known for the [...]Read More...

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Ndavi Sevu

Your Gift of Water

DID YOU TAKE A SHOWER TODAY? BRUSH YOUR TEETH? Brew a cup of tea or coffee with your breakfast? Did your lunch or dinner include any produce that was grown with the benefit of irrigation? No doubt, you have used water today. Most of us here in the U.S. have plentiful access to water. We never doubt that we will be able to [...]Read More...

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