Here’s a New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

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Jan 4, 2013

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1 out of every 4 people have already failed to keep their New Year’s resolutions. By the end of 2013, only 8% of people will have kept their resolutions all year long.

But here’s a resolution that’s easy to keep: supporting sustainable development.

How? When you sign up for monthly giving, we’ll automatically deduct your contributions from your bank account or credit card.

By committing to give monthly, you help us make long-term commitments to help raise up people in desperate need. You also help us cut administrative and overhead costs so that more funds go directly to the projects.

Help Provide Relief after Emergencies

Warnita Padillo looks out over her village, after Typhoon Bopha destroyed her home.

Warnita Padillo looks out over her village, after Typhoon Bopha destroyed her home.

Your gifts help people like Warnita Padillo, a 47-year-old mother of three whose home was destroyed by Typhoon Bopha on December 4. Warnita and her family escaped minutes before a palm tree fell on their house, crushing everything inside. LWR is hard at work in the Philippines to distribute shelter repair kits, provide cash for work, livelihood recovery assistance and distribute of non-food items, like LWR Mission Quilts and Personal Care Kits.

We never know when the next natural disaster might strike. So we rely on a regular stream of donations to be able to respond as quickly as possible to the next emergency, while maintaining our lasting promise to those communities where we’re already at work.

Help Provide Long-Term Solutions

Don Marcos Isabel, from Nicaragua, and Leonor Gomez, from Honduras, share a passion for their cocoa farms

Don Marcos Isabel, from Nicaragua, and Leonor Gomez, from Honduras, share a passion for their cocoa farms

Your gifts also help us provide long-lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Don Marcos Isabel and Leonor Gomez are two cocoa farmers who are passionate about their work. This past summer, they were able to join other farmers at a National Cocoa Forum that LWR co-hosted in Nicaragua. This forum gave farmers a chance to share stories, learn best practices and meet other people who take cocoa from the farm to the markets.

This forum is indicative of the way that LWR listens and responds to farmers, rather than telling them what to do. As Carolyn Barker-Villena put it:

“We open spaces for them to learn from each other and from technical experts while walking with them during a process of growth and change. We do it with respect and dignity. And we learn along the way too.”

Your support allows us to do our work. Things like:

This is one New Year’s Resolution that’s easy to keep.

is Lutheran World Relief’s Interactive Marketing Manager and an ordained pastor in the ELCA.

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