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What We’re Doing to Help Syrian Refugees

By now, we’ve all heard about the crisis in Syria. It’s been dominating the news. We’ve heard a lot about the political implications of interventions into the civil war. But beneath the debates, beneath the possible scenarios and their possible consequences, there are many, many Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance. More than six million people [...]Read More...

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We Have a Dream, Too

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. (Watch the whole 16-minute speech here.) Little needs to be said about the enormous impact his speech has had on American history and culture. We wanted to share our own dreams for the future of our world. [...]Read More...

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Why Invest in Women?

We have long made intentional investments in women in our work around the world. Just searching the tag “women,” or “women farmers” on our blog brings up hundreds of posts over the past few years. That’s why we like this 2011 infographic from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that clearly enumerates the benefits of [...]Read More...

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World Hunger is Declining

Sometimes it can feel as if the world is falling apart. Earthquakes, tsunamis, poverty and hunger dominate our headlines. Is there any hope for lasting change? Is sustainable development really possible? We’ve put together a couple charts that show a more positive picture. Hunger is Declining With month after month and year after year of [...]Read More...

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The Memory Gallery Lives On

At times it can be hard to know if a particular project that Lutheran World Relief supports continues to have an impact even after our portion has ended. That’s why it was fun to hear an update from our Regional Communications Officer for Latin America, Annalise Romoser. Annalise recently visited one of our partners in [...]Read More...

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10 Facts about Clean Cookstoves

Last week, CNN highlighted Nancy Hughes, the founder of StoveTeam International, the organization who makes clean burning Ecocina stoves, as one of their CNN Heroes.  Last October, we wrote about distributing dozens of these stoves in El Salvador as part of our “Building Resilience” project. Inspired by CNN Hero Nancy Hughes, here are ten facts [...]Read More...

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Father Tarimo says “Thank You” for Mission Quilts

On a recent visit to Dodoma, Tanzania, some of our U.S.-based staff got to visit the Mlali Children’s Rehabilitation Center. Father Sergi Tarimo was happy to greet them and all the the people who have so generously made and donated Mission Quilts and Personal Care Kits. He and the children wanted to take a moment [...]Read More...

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The Joy of LWR Mission Quilts (Photo)

Mae La is the largest of nine refugee camps in Thailand, sheltering 50,000 Burmese refugees. Eh Gyi, who has lived in Mae La for 16 years, shows two of the LWR Quilts her family has received to keep them warm at night. In 2012, Lutherans around the United States donated and helped ship over 412,000 [...]Read More...

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The Ties that Bind

I grew up in northern Michigan and, in typical Michigander fashion, each summer my father and I took a fishing trip to Canada. To my ten-year-old self, this was a place of mysterious wonder and uncharted territory. It was here that I learned a young fisherman’s rite of passage: tying the knot that connects the [...]Read More...

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How many Mission Quilts do we ship every year?

When small groups of people in congregations gather throughout the U.S. and tie LWR Mission Quilts, it’s hard to fathom how many get sent around the world. All of these Quilts are donated by people like you. It shows how many small donations add up to huge amounts of comfort! In 2012 we delivered 412,710 Mission [...]Read More...

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A First-Person Account of Living Through Typhoon Bopha

Juliet Sevilla is a 17-year-old mother living in Anda Barangay of New Bataan municipality in Compostela Valley Province, which was hit by Typhoon Bopha in December 2012. After the storm, Juliet received an LWR Mission Quilt, Baby Care Kit, Personal Care Kit and toothpaste from Lutheran World Relief. She told the following story to our [...]Read More...

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