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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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Christmas Matching Gift Challenge: Your Gift Will DOUBLE in value!

Posted on 14. Nov, 2015 by .

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At this time of year, most of us are thinking about all we are thankful for — and I hope you have many blessings to count! Still, there are so many people who are feeling none of the warmth of this season — people who have almost nothing, either because of poverty, natural disaster or […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Recovery: Two Years Later

Posted on 08. Nov, 2015 by .

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Mr. Aldrin Lauding remembers the day he lost his home to Typhoon Haiyan like it was yesterday. The storm devastated his entire barangay (village) of Lao. Though he and his partner and two children were safe, everything they had was gone. As a broom maker earning only 250 pesos ($5.34 USD) a day – and […]

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70 Years and 7 Reasons to be Grateful

Posted on 29. Oct, 2015 by .

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It’s been a busy year here at Lutheran World Relief. From last spring’s earthquake in Nepal, to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, to working with farmers to improve food security and strengthening the livelihoods of coffee and cocoa farmers, your support keeps our global staff working hard around the world to end poverty, […]

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Miriam in her family's rice field

The Blessing of Practical, Hands-On Training

Posted on 27. Oct, 2015 by .

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41-year-old Miriam is a wife and mother of four. She is also a farmer trying to feed her children in a region where it’s terribly difficult to grow crops. Miriam lives in a place where drought, famine and disease epidemics kill many — and where government can offer little help. Families like hers are in a […]

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The Global Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Posted on 25. Sep, 2015 by .

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A special summit at the UN General Assembly in New York beginning September 25 will approve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — 17 benchmarks to measure the progress achieved worldwide. Over 160 heads of state—including the Pope—will be present and President Obama will likely mention these goals in his address to the General Assembly. What […]

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fisherman in boat with net

This tool could mean a better, more prosperous future for a family

Posted on 01. Sep, 2015 by .

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Hadi Raini is a mother and widow living in Indonesia. She has a small farm where she grows cassava. Cassava is a hearty, brown root plant that grows well even in dry, low-quality soil. It is packed with carbohydrates, which makes cassava a good crop to have on hand when other foods may not be […]

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five children peering through a doorway

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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People gather in Syntagma Square in Athens on July 3

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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Producer José Aquiles Espinoza holds coffee beans still attached to the plant

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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