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Posted on 23. Nov, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
Poverty. Protests. Refugees. Earthquakes, typhoons and hurricanes. Terror. ISIS. Sometimes it can feel like too much. Last Wednesday evening I gave a talk to a group of adults at my church. I talked about how Lutheran World Relief is providing support for refugees from Syria and South Sudan. And I talked about our work to […]
Posted on 03. Sep, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
What is the definition of a refugee? How many refugees are there around the world? What causes people to become refugees? Here are 9 facts about refugees: 1. Refugees have fled persecution or war In order to officially be considered a refugee, a person must have suffered persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political […]
Posted on 22. Jun, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
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 […]
Posted on 18. Jun, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
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 […]
Posted on 12. May, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
A second, 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal this morning, less than three weeks after the first, 7.8 magnitude quake. Reuters reports that at least 37 people have been killed and panic is spreading. Lutheran World Relief staff are all safe and are continuing to assess the situation. Nicole Hark, LWR’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia & […]
Posted on 29. Apr, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
It’s easy to focus on urban Kathmandu and prestigious Mt. Everest in the wake of the earthquake that hit Nepal last week. But what about those who live in less visible places? Two researchers at the University of British Columbia wrote a powerful piece in The Globe and Mail about the importance of reaching the […]
Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
Monday, January 12 marks the five-year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. It’s painful to recall. The poorest country in this hemisphere, Haiti was the country least able to handle such a shocking event. Even before the earthquake, the majority of Haitians faced decades of problems, most of which begin and end in […]
Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 by Dan Ruth.
2014 was a busy year! From the first phases of our response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to increasing work with coffee and cocoa farmers throughout the world, we’ve captured quite a bit of it on video. Here are a few of our favorites: Putting cash in the hands of typhoon victims Watching Leonida’s […]
Posted on 05. Dec, 2014 by Dan Ruth.
LWR is monitoring Super Typhoon Hagupit as it heads toward the Philippines this weekend. Current reports indicate that it’s heading toward a similar path as Typhoon Haiyan did 13 months ago. This means it may head across LWR’s project areas in Northern Cebu and Leyte. We don’t yet know what the damage or impact of […]
Posted on 15. Oct, 2014 by Dan Ruth.
“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 […]
Posted on 02. Oct, 2014 by Dan Ruth.
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 […]