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Why I’m Grateful for Those who Support our Work

by Heather McGinness, LWR’s former Associate Director for Philanthropic Engagement The words “thank you” often seem woefully inadequate to express the powerful — even overwhelming — feeling of gratitude. I have the blessing of being part of Lutheran World Relief’s Philanthropic Engagement team. I am humbled and inspired on a daily basis, both by the [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for our Field Staff

by Loretta Ishida, LWR’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa Whenever I am asked to talk about my work, I think people expect me to tell stories about people in a distant country and how their lives are being changed by Lutheran World Relief’s work. But I don’t interact with community members very often in [...]Read More...

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Election Day: Let’s Bring Civic Participation to Every Community

My Facebook feed is currently going crazy with friends’ hopes, fears and dreams for today’s local and national elections. Hundreds of declarative “I Voted” and imperative “Vote XX!” images and status updates show the passion that this day brings every four years. And tonight, I’m certain many of us will be glued to our (multiple) [...]Read More...

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Third grade students in the Philippines hold up the school kits they received from LWR.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making School Kit Backpacks

For many students around the world, like those in the Philippines, there are many barriers to getting a good education. Simply purchasing simple school supplies like pencils and paper can be too great a cost for many families. That’s why it’s so important that Lutherans in the United States put together School Kits that are [...]Read More...

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Celebrating Safer Lives & Schools

Students at Hiligambukha Elementary School in Indonesia celebrate a new, safe school building that LWR helped put in place after the old building was destroyed in a 2005 earthquake. They used to have to ask students to go home when it rained, simply because, “they could not study at school due to leaking roofs, and [...]Read More...

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Cocoa Farmers Come Together to Learn & Share

“Cocoa is my passion.” These were among the first words that cocoa farmer Leonor Gomez shared during the two-day National Cocoa Forum that LWR co-hosted in Nicaragua last week. The cocoa forum was a dream that LWR maintained as we expanded our work in cocoa in Nicaragua and other parts of Latin America. Not only [...]Read More...

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What do Farmers Need?

What do Farmers Need? In Uganda, I was told pangas and seeds.  In Colombia it was land titles and roads. In Kenya? Irrigation. In Honduras it was guaranteed buyers and fair prices and in India, access to credit. This is what makes LWR’s work interesting and — frankly — hard. What farmers need in the [...]Read More...

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Introducing: LWR Sundays

“So long as we eat our bread together we shall have sufficient even with the least. Not until one person desires to keep his own bread for himself does hunger ensue.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together As a ministry of Lutherans in the U.S., Lutheran World Relief recognizes worship as one central place where our work [...]Read More...

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How much more can Haiti take?

I admit asking myself this after learning that Tropical Storm Isaac was bound for the small island nation. Perhaps you wondered the same thing. While this storm wasn’t as strong as we feared, it still managed to do significant damage, especially to the southern portion of the country, where communities are still working to recover [...]Read More...

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Alternatives for Teenagers

This past Monday, the New York Times published an article about the successes of a major gang truce in El Salvador. Five months after bringing jailed gang leaders together to negotiate a truce, “Homicides in this country of six million people are down 32 percent in the first half of this year; kidnappings have fallen [...]Read More...

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I am Dhrubba Mukhopadhyay

This summer, Drubaa Mukhopadhyay visited the United States with the Foods Resource Bank, a partner of Lutheran World Relief. Her extensive knowledge and background in international development is a wonderful example of the people LWR works with around the world. Here’s her story: I am Dhrubaa Mukhopadhyay. I was born in 1969 to parents who [...]Read More...

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Photo of the Day: Fields of Green

Agnesh is a woman from the Jamui District of northeast India. 85% of the population in her area depends on agriculture as their main source of income, yet most of the farming is done with low quality seeds that are not cost effective and generate low yields. These farmers also tend to have little access [...]Read More...

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