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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 […]

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What is “food security”? And how does it differ from “hunger”?

“Food security” is a term that used all the time by people who work in the world of relief and development. But what does the term mean? Is it simply the opposite of hunger? Officially, food security exists “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy […]

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A few degrees make a big difference for Nepal citrus farmers

We’ve probably all had this experience. You make a purchase of beautiful, fresh produce with every intention to use it at the peak of its glory. Then, some weeks later, after life has happened, you stumble upon your neglected piece of fruit or vegetable and realize that it’s been called home. Indeed, preserving fresh food is a […]

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Growth in Impact: What’s ahead for Lutheran World Relief

As of October 1, LWR embarked on its new fiscal year. Whether it’s a new job, a school year, a new fiscal year, or a new calendar year, new beginnings are times of both reflection and action, of asking questions and seeking answers. Since I joined LWR in July, I’ve been doing a lot of […]

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Join the Health Kit Hoedown with this Illinois Church

Last week we received a fun link in our inbox to this original song from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Northbrook, Illinois. Janet Fisher told us: Our high school youth group at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Northbrook Illinois wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the video used to promote/educate our congregation about the LWR Personal […]

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Why LWR School Kits Make a Difference

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) states that access to education is a basic human right. Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to [education]. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have […]

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