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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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Kids sitting around on old tires in El Salvador

Three ways LWR is helping unaccompanied minors

Posted on 08. Aug, 2014 by .


More than 50,000 children have arrived at the U.S./Mexico border alone so far this year. Nearly 40,000 women and children have arrived as families.[source] All have endured an incredibly dangerous journey to escape violence and despair in Central America. Current efforts to expedite their deportation place their safety and well-being in jeopardy. While this issue […]

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How smartphones are improving farming in Uganda

Posted on 24. Jul, 2014 by .


Guest post by David Fuerst, LWR’s Senior Director for Philanthropic Engagement “This phone has changed my life!” That’s what Bernard Magombe told me when I recently sat down with him on a visit to an LWR coffee project in Bumweru, Uganda. To be honest, I had mixed reactions to his proclamation. I think of my […]

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Allen Rodrigo, his wife, and five of his nine children

Why the ELCA and LWR Are Proud to Work Together in the Philippines

Posted on 10. Jun, 2014 by .


Guest post by the Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, executive director of Global Mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America At the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are grateful for our long, historical relationship with Lutheran World Relief and for our mutual commitment to companionship in mission. The strength of this relationship, and the […]

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Celebrating World Malaria Day & LWR’s Work in Mali

Posted on 22. Apr, 2014 by .


This Friday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a day to bring special attention to this preventable, treatable disease. As part of the commemoration of World Malaria Day, we’re excited to announce that Tim McCully, LWR’s vice president of international programs, will be speaking at a special event at Johns Hopkins University. He joins Rear […]

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LWR Names New President and CEO

Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard Named President and CEO

Posted on 11. Apr, 2014 by .


We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, of McLean, Va., will be the next president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, effective July 1. Currently a senior advisor at Palantir Technologies and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Speckhard has served in various high-level diplomatic roles in both Republican and […]

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infographic about typhoon haiyan and lwr's response

An Update on Typhoon Haiyan

Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by .


Just before dawn last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan roared onshore with wind gusts up to 235 mph, waves up to 45 feet in some areas, and nearly 16 inches of rainfall. The death toll is mounting. It is currently estimated that this storm, the most powerful cyclone of the past three decades, has killed nearly 10,000 […]

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Principal Rodilla

Cateel Central Elementary School Recovers from Typhoon Bopha

Posted on 05. Jul, 2013 by .


I met Melvin Rodilla, principal of Cateel Central Elementary School in the Philippines, during a recent project monitoring visit. Principal Rodilla wears a warm, welcoming smile despite all of the difficulty he and his school have endured during the past six months since Typhoon Bopha struck. Principal Rodilla’s school and community were devastated by Typhoon […]

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