seven women farmers listening intently

What Does Resilience Look Like “In the Field”?

LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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villagers kneeling around red coffee cherries

The Surprising Thing I Like MOST About Visiting LWR Projects

“What do you like most about visiting ‘the field’?” While in Indonesia in May visiting one of Lutheran World Relief’s recently launched coffee projects, a locally-based colleague asked me this. I think my response surprised her. In just over three years of service here at LWR, I have been blessed to visit about six projects […]

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New LWR Game Puts You in Charge of Fighting Poverty

Last month, I and three of my LWR colleagues attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan. While the 30,000+ youth (and the adults who love them) were there to experience worship all together and serve the city of Detroit, we were there with one activity in mind…to play a video game! Central to our […]

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five children peering through a doorway

Provide Solutions to Hunger and Poverty

When Rick Peyser traveled to Western Uganda, he was haunted by the sight of so many hungry children. What chilled him the most were their faces — many had the face of a 5- or 7-year-old, but the body of a much younger child. It was clear that years of hunger and malnutrition had stunted their growth and […]

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New book answers questions about God, supports LWR work to fight poverty

 “Questions Kids Ask About God,” is a book inspired by the questions the kids at Peace Lutheran Church in New Lenox, Illinois, are asking.It is now a hardback children’s book, with a portion of sales proceeds donated to Lutheran World Relief. To learn more about this book and its companion resources, visit the QKA Publishing […]

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We’re at ELCA Youth Gathering. Are you?

We are live and coming to you from the COBO Center where we have a space set up to welcome youth groups and leaders for Proclaim Community Day. We’re so excited! Aside from the thought of thousands upon thousands of young people descending on Detroit all raring to share Christ’s love with their neighbors, we’re […]

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People gather in Syntagma Square in Athens on July 3

Greek Debt Crisis: LWR President Speaks Out

After Sunday’s oxi (read: no) vote on a referendum to accept additional austerity measures, Greece’s leaders are in tough negotiations with creditors. Lutheran World Relief’s president and C.E.O., Daniel Speckhard, served as U.S. Ambassador to Greece from 2007 to 2010. Ambassador Speckhard has taken to the press this week to talk about what’s going on, and […]

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people carrying large bags of rice on their backs

Emerging Lessons from Nepal: Thinking About Resilience

LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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Rick Peyser in Sidamo, Ethiopia

LWR Staff Member Rick Peyser Stands With Coffee Farmers

We’re proud that our very own Rick Peyser was featured in USA Today on Sunday as the man “instrumental in creating the outreach programs for coffee farmers that would allow Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to emblazon its semi-trailers with the slogan, ‘We realized good coffee could be good for the world,’ and actually mean it.” Peyser […]

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Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Almost 90 percent of the world’s cocoa originates from small-scale farmers (producers who farm less than five hectares, or about 12.4 acres, of land). These farmers face considerable challenges to maximize their yields, including changing weather patterns, disease, aging trees and limited access to improved varieties, inputs and technical assistance. On average, they earn less […]

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