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It’s World Toilet Day! Here are 3 ways to celebrate.

World Toilet Day started on November 19, 2001 to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle a simple but neglected topic – sanitation and water access. According to UNICEF, 2.6 billion people lack access to a safe sanitary and private place to go #1 and #2. Open defecation increases child death rates in rural communities […]

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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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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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David Mbungi

In Kenya, a Sower Went Out to Sow

In the villages around Kambu in eastern Kenya, farmers look to the heavens with brows furrowed with concern. The two rainy seasons each year are critical to these farmers in one of Kenya’s driest regions, who depend on these showers to water their crops. Now, white, puffy clouds dot the sky, but no rain is [...]Read More...

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One Year Later: Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

November 8 marks the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The storm was one of the strongest to make landfall in recorded history. 16 million people were affected, 4 million people were displaced and 6,300 people died because of the storm. In response, Lutheran World Relief raised $9.7 million to meet the immediate [...]Read More...

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What are Sand Dams, and how do they help?

WHAT is a Sand Dam? A sand dam is a reinforced cement wall built across a seasonal (flows after major rainfall, then dries up again) sandy river. The dams are built by securing one or two long concrete barriers across river beds, and by placing a pipe under these barriers. When it rains, the water [...]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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Drawing Water Without a Bucket

As long as our vision remains unachieved, we are restless. We seek relentlessly to learn, adapt, and grow. Our goals are so compelling and human suffering so pervasive that we are unsatisfied with the status quo. With entrepreneurial eyes, we are careful to make the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:15-16). With creativity, we build [...]Read More...

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