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Lutheran World Relief is a nonprofit organization that works with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering.

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Provide Solutions to Hunger and Poverty

Posted on 29. Jul, 2015 by .

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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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Greek Debt Crisis: LWR President Speaks Out

Posted on 06. Jul, 2015 by .

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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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Dionisa Choque looks at her family's garden, where she now grows onions, carrots and lettuce.

Limited-Time Offer: Double Your Gift

Posted on 16. Jun, 2015 by .

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You can transform an entire community by simply giving them the gift of water. Right now, a group of generous friends will double the value of your gift — dollar-for-dollar — between now and July 31, up to $100,000. This means that your gift today of $50 will be matched with another gift of $50 […]

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Lutheran World Relief Receives $350,000 from Starbucks Foundation

Posted on 02. Apr, 2015 by .

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We are proud to announce that we have received a Starbucks Foundation grant of $350,000 toward a two-year project that contributes to the protection of the local ecosystem, provides sustainable livelihoods, and fosters community in Colombia: Pro-Café: Protecting Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Coffee Livelihoods. Coffee growers’ livelihoods and quality of life in central Colombia are […]

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What I Learned Visiting LWR Projects in Honduras

Posted on 18. Mar, 2015 by .

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Dr. William J. Craft is a member of the Lutheran World Relief board of directors and is the president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Recently Dr. Craft, along with the entire LWR board, traveled to Honduras to see LWR’s work there, especially with coffee farmers. The following is an excerpt from Dr. Craft’s reflection on […]

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Inspiring Women Leaders in Honduras

Posted on 11. Mar, 2015 by .

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This project, which was originally featured in the February 2015 issue of the Feed the Future monthly newsletter, highlights the challenges faced by women farmers in Honduras and how your support helps to promote gender inclusiveness in agriculture. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Lutheran World Relief gives thanks for your support, which allows us to […]

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A large boat rests atop a building in Indonesia in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami

The Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years Later

Posted on 26. Dec, 2014 by .

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Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that swept through Asia, forever changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In total, 227,898 people were killed or were missing and presumed dead and about 1.7 million people were displaced in 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa. The tsunami […]

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Satellite Image of Typhoon Hagupit

An Update on Hagupit

Posted on 09. Dec, 2014 by .

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Adapted from LWR’s most recent Hagupit Situation Report. View the full Situation Report on LWR In Depth. Typhoon Hagupit made its way through the Philippines this week, sparing much of the damage we initially feared. As Hagupit moved westward, it weakened substantially and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression. At this point, the […]

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#ThanksgivingTag: Show a friend you’re thankful

Posted on 20. Nov, 2014 by .

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One of LWR’s core values is gratitude. It marks the way we relate to one another and to all creation. As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to show that gratitude through a game: Thanksgiving Tag. How to play Thanksgiving Tag The rules are incredibly simple. Share the image above, tag a person you’re thankful for, and […]

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Three Lessons I Learned Spending a Day with Potato Farmers in Peru

Posted on 11. Nov, 2014 by .

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Dr. Louise P. Evenson is a member of the Lutheran World Relief board of directors. Recently, she traveled to Peru with LWR president Daniel Speckhard and Senior Director for Latin America Programs, Carolyn Barker-Villena. The title of this blog post is something of a misnomer. I learned far more than three things on my trip! […]

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One Year Later: Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

Posted on 08. Nov, 2014 by .

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November 8 marks the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The storm was one of the strongest to make landfall in recorded history. 16 million people were affected, 4 million people were displaced and 6,300 people died because of the storm. In response, Lutheran World Relief raised $9.7 million to meet the immediate […]

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