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Nikki Massie is Lutheran World Relief's Staff Writer

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Celebrating Bold Women: Meet Atandi

Posted on 28. Feb, 2016 by .

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This story originally appeared on the Women of the ELCA Blog.  Atandi Wilkister is a small-scale farmer who lives in the Rachuonyo South District in Western Kenya. Life has been challenging for Atandi, especially because she was left alone to run her farm and raise her children many years ago. For a long time, she struggled […]

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New Fair Trade Leader Guide Makes Planning Easy

Posted on 05. Jan, 2016 by .

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Does your church have a resident “FTP” (Fair Trade Person)? My church does! His name is Al – and he knows just about everything there is to know about managing a Fair Trade sale within our congregation. And while Al isn’t planning to go anywhere anytime soon, I just know there is a wellspring of Fair […]

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Women sort coffee beans by hand at the Gabart LeVaillant coffee cooperative in Dondon, Haiti

Why Do Coffee & Cocoa Farmers Struggle So Much? A Q&A with Rick Peyser

Posted on 13. Oct, 2015 by .

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Coffee and Cocoa are big business around the world. In the United States alone, coffee is the largest food import, and chocolate generates more than $20 billion per year in revenue. Yet many of the world’s coffee and cocoa producers live in poverty. Rick Peyser, Lutheran World Relief’s senior relationship manager for coffee and cocoa, […]

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How Your Support Makes Coffee Entrepreneurs in Haiti

Posted on 01. Oct, 2015 by .

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This post is part of the ongoing LWR Blog series “My first LWR project visit,” in which LWR staff making first time field visits are invited to share their insights. We hope you enjoy their perspectives and that it gives you a new point of view of the work you support with Lutheran World Relief. […]

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Middle Schooler Uses Bake Sale To Help Nepal

Posted on 18. Sep, 2015 by .

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Twelve year-old Emily Blackwell loves to bake with her mother, Maegan. She’s been doing it since she was very little, helping to mix batters and frosting. Like in so many other families, baking time is together time. A chance to bond and pass on favorite recipes and methods. Recently, baking time was also helping time, […]

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New book answers questions about God, supports LWR work to fight poverty

Posted on 24. Jul, 2015 by .

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 “Questions Kids Ask About God,” is a book inspired by the questions the kids at Peace Lutheran Church in New Lenox, Illinois, are asking.It is now a hardback children’s book, with a portion of sales proceeds donated to Lutheran World Relief. To learn more about this book and its companion resources, visit the QKA Publishing […]

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Nepal Earthquake: LWR’s Long-Term Response

Posted on 04. Jun, 2015 by .

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It’s been more than a month now since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, claiming lives, destroying homes and leaving thousands of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. With your support, our staff and partners on the ground have been carrying out immediate emergency response – providing food, shelter items, water filters, quilts and […]

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Photo Friday: LWR Quilt Distribution in Nepal

Posted on 29. May, 2015 by .

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Just today we received these pictures from Omar Rahaman, LWR’s Senior Director for Asia and the Middle East. He is working in Nepal to coordinate our response to the April 25 earthquake. One part of our immediate response was to ship 9,240 Quilts, 1,000 Personal Care Kits and 100 water filtration units to Nepal to distribute […]

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Nepal Earthquake: “The Lutherans are there!”

Posted on 15. May, 2015 by .

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One of the best  parts of my job as staff writer at Lutheran World Relief is to sharing our work on Facebook, because I get to share with you the great work you make happen around the world. I noticed that when we posted information about our response to the April 25 earthquake in Nepal,  many of you […]

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5 Things You May Not Know About Coffee (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted on 12. May, 2015 by .

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(Reading this via email? View the entire graphic here.) An estimated 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. We are so passionate about it we’ve even fashioned a whole dialect around ordering it from coffeehouses. 1. The United States is not the largest importer of coffee While […]

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Why “42” is Good News in the Fight Against Ebola

Posted on 09. May, 2015 by .

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Liberia was one of the countries hard-hit by the most recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, which the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa regional office first reported in March 2014. [Source] Since then, more than 10,000 cases of Ebola have been investigated in the country and there have been more than 4,600 deaths [Source]. With […]

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