Press Releases

Lutheran World Relief and THRIVE Farmers Introduce LWR Farmers Market Coffee — Sourced Directly from Farmers in Nicaragua
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), in partnership with THRIVE Farmers®, today announced the launch of LWR Farmers Market Coffee, sourced directly from farmers in Nicaragua. This new venture — now accepting pre-orders — brings LWR, a faith-based international humanitarian organization with decades of experience working with small-scale farmers and agricultural cooperatives in the developing world, into […]

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LWR joins Christian organizations in urging prayer for refugees – and those serving them – around the world
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

As World Refugee Day nears, key Christian agencies, including Lutheran World Relief, are calling on American Christians to pray for refugees from conflicts and persecution worldwide – and to take tangible action on their behalf. The 2017 #PrayForRefugees campaign begins June 14 and continues through June 20, World Refugee Day. Prayer resources can be found […]

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LWR & IMA World Health Providing Lifesaving Treatment to Severely Malnourished Children in South Sudan
Monday, June 12, 2017

In South Sudan, where the United Nations has declared the world’s first famine since 2011, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is partnering with IMA World Health to set up and run life-saving medical centers that will treat young children at risk of death from starvation. LWR and IMA World Health will run three treatment centers in […]

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LWR Receives $500,000 Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Flooding Relief & Recovery in Peru
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lutheran World Relief is providing relief supplies and support for longer-term  recovery to families impacted by the El Niño-fed rainfall in Peru that has caused deadly and destructive flooding and mudslides along the coastline since January. LWR is assisting communities in the province of Trujillo, located north of the capital city of Lima, with the […]

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LWR Launches Partnerships to Aid Coffee and Cocoa Farmers in Guatemala
Friday, April 21, 2017

Lutheran World Relief has initiated partnerships with two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to fund projects in Guatemala supporting coffee and cocoa farmers located in the North-Northwest regions of the country, specifically in the departments of Alta Verapaz and Quiché. The Guatemalan NGO FundaSistemas is implementing a project in Verapaz, Guatemala to strengthen the competitiveness of community […]

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LWR India-Nepal Flood Resilience Project Wins Competitive Water Window Challenge Grant
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lutheran World Relief has been named a winner of the competitive Water Window Challenge, securing a $1 million grant for the expansion of LWR’s Trans-Boundary Flood Resilience Project helping communities on the India-Nepal border cope with persistent and destructive flooding. The Water Window Challenge is a global competition initiated by the Z Zurich Foundation and […]

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LWR Launches $13 Million Effort to Aid Poor Farmers in Niger, Part of a $41 Million, 5-Year Initiative in West Africa’s Sahel Region
Monday, March 6, 2017

BALTIMORE—Lutheran World Relief, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, is launching a $13 million initiative in southern Niger to reduce poverty by increasing farmer incomes. The initiative aims to benefit more than 100,000 people, at least half of them women and girls. This innovative […]

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Statement by the President & CEO on the Executive Order Suspending Refugee Resettlement and Halting Entry of Residents from Seven Predominantly Muslim Countries
Friday, February 3, 2017

The American people have a long history of responding with compassion to the cry of the poor and oppressed, particularly in times of war, disaster or other calamity. Lutheran World Relief was one of several faith-based organizations founded to serve refugees fleeing the violence of the Second World War and we have worked around the […]

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Lutheran World Relief Hosts Nicaragua National Cocoa Competition
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In an effort to promote fine quality cocoa produced by small-scale Nicaraguan farmers, Lutheran World Relief helped to organize a national competition this month to select six finalists to participate in the 2017 International Cocoa Awards. The competition was organized in collaboration with the Cocoa of Excellence program and with the participation of an international […]

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LWR Issues its 2017 Early Warning Forecast
Thursday, December 15, 2016

The refugee crisis fueled by armed conflict in Syria and Iraq tops the list of humanitarian emergencies in Lutheran World Relief’s 2017 Early Warning Forecast, an overview of global hot spots that will command the attention and resources of the international community over the next year. The regions highlighted in the report are those that […]

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LWR & USAID Partner in Innovative Effort to Promote Honduran Women Farmers
Monday, November 14, 2016

For the past three years, Lutheran World Relief has partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative on an innovative approach to promoting women’s leadership in several Western Honduras agricultural communities. This project is funded by USAID as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s […]

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LWR and USDA Launch 5-Year, $24 Million Sesame Initiative in Burkina Faso
Friday, October 28, 2016

Lutheran World Relief is launching a five-year effort to reduce poverty by increasing the incomes of poor rural farm families in Burkina Faso through enhancing the production, marketing and export of sesame.

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