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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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Little Things Make a Big Difference for Bolivian Farmers

Dionisia Choque is a Quechua-speaking farmer who lives in Tinguipaya, Bolivia. Her entire life Dionisia and her family have grown potatoes, and until recently that is what her family ate, potatoes and some meat. In fact, that is what almost everyone in her community has cultivated and eaten for decades. Some would say Tinguipaya has [...]Read More...

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The Global Water Challenge

In my car over the noon hour, I was excited to hear part of an audio documentary by America Abroad. Being the news junkie I am, I was tempted to sit in my parking spot for the next hour so I could finish listening to this NPR program. As much as I know about the [...]Read More...

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