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Posted on 22. May, 2014 by Emily Sollie.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news the last couple of days, you might have seen something about coffee rust, or roya, a coffee plant disease that’s devastating coffee crops in Central America. While organizations like LWR have been aware of – and working to combat – roya for a long while, it’s been […]
Posted on 15. Nov, 2013 by Emily Sollie.
One week after Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines, the situation is desperate. The most recent report from the United Nations tells us that 11.8 million children, women and men have been affected, more than 920,000 people are without homes and thousands have died as a result of the storm. Our staff on […]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2013 by Emily Sollie.
Last week Lutheran World Relief staff distributed School Kits to children in the Philippines. The island of Mindanao was hit hard by Typhoon Bopha in December, causing flooding and landslides in many areas that had been damaged one year before in Typhoon Washi. These simple things — notebooks, pencils, scissors — can make a huge […]
Posted on 15. Nov, 2012 by Emily Sollie.
I remember as a kid, overhearing my dad, a small business owner, quoting the oft-repeated maxim that the key to management was to “hire smart people, then get out of their way.” At the time, I didn’t really understand what that meant, but by the time years later when I reached a point in my […]
Posted on 21. May, 2012 by Emily Sollie.
On a crisp evening last November, over a delicious alfresco meal of fried fish, steamed green beans and roasted potatoes, my dinner companion and I reflected on our day and what we had seen and experienced. We were in the café of our hotel in Bandiagara, Mali, and had spent the day visiting with women […]
Posted on 02. Feb, 2012 by Emily Sollie.
Sochele Banou knows the kind of pain that no parent should ever experience: the pain of watching her child die. Her son Aly, just 3 years old, died of malaria in 2004. “I didn’t know quickly enough that he had it,” Sochele says. “I tried everything I knew to do but he kept getting worse […]
Posted on 12. May, 2011 by Emily Sollie.
I don’t need reminding – I know the statistics all too well. A child dies from malaria every 45 seconds. And every one of those deaths could have been prevented. That’s why I’m so excited about the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) – through this campaign, Lutherans are part of a global movement to stop these […]
Posted on 12. Jan, 2011 by Emily Sollie.
Claudette Gaston wraps herself in her LWR Quilt in Leogane, Haiti. Photo by Andres Martinez Casares for Lutheran World Relief. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. 365 days since the earth shook in Haiti and forever changed millions of lives. As the first LWR staff person on the ground after the tragedy, I […]
Posted on 28. Jun, 2010 by Emily Sollie.
I spent a lovely day yesterday with the congregation of Grace Lutheran Church, in Hockessin, Delaware, to celebrate with them the Graceful Quilters’ milestone 3,000th LWR quilt! That’s a lot of love from the hearts and hands of these dedicated men and women to offer warmth and comfort to our brothers and sisters overseas. Thank […]
Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by Emily Sollie.
More from Emily Sollie in Haiti I am sitting in the Port-au-Prince airport, just an hour and a half away from boarding a flight back to the U.S. I’m coming home a few days later than I had planned, due to a canceled flight. But the extra time here meant that yesterday, I witnessed a […]
Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by Emily Sollie.
Feb. 28 – Yesterday morning, as we were preparing to head out into the countryside for a day with one of LWR’s local partner organizations, we learned of the 8.8 earthquake that had struck Chile in the early morning hours. After witnessing here the devastation that a powerful earthquake can bring, my heart goes out […]