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Posted on 24. Jun, 2012 by Trevor Knoblich.
Key Developments Schools in Typhoon Washi-affected areas are beginning to resume, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The shelter situation for many affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) has improved, though 4,209 families (18,405 persons) are still living in 47 IDP sites, with 11,000 people still in tents or makeshift shelters […]
Posted on 20. Jun, 2012 by Trevor Knoblich.
Key Developments Conflict in Mali has added a continued layer of complexity to planned relief activities, with an estimated 320,000 forced to flee their homes. A cholera outbreak has emerged in some of the affected areas. Number of people affected is increasing dramatically, with nearly 17 million people now considered food insecure. The U.S. government […]
Posted on 12. Apr, 2012 by Trevor Knoblich.
Summary of Situation The Sahel region of West Africa is facing a severe food crisis, with many areas expected to experience high rates of malnutrition in the coming months. The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad have declared a food crisis and are calling for international assistance. Exacerbating the food crisis is […]
Posted on 03. Apr, 2012 by Trevor Knoblich.
Key Developments Food security remains a serious concern for Southern Ethiopia, Eastern Kenya and many parts of Somalia. Many parts of East Africa experienced normal levels “short rains” between October to December. However, Eastern Kenya, Southern Ethiopia, and many parts of Somalia face the possibility of below-average “long rains” from March through May 2012. Given […]
Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by Trevor Knoblich.
There’s a worn adage in the relief and development community that if organizations like Lutheran World Relief are constantly working to end poverty in a sustainable way, then we are, in effect, working to put ourselves out of a job. Such a goal is explicit in our Mission Statement: “Affirming God’s love for all people, […]
Posted on 20. Mar, 2012 by Trevor Knoblich.
From December 16-18 2011, Tropical Storm Washi (locally known as Sendong) swept across the island of Mindanao, Philippines. Strong winds and heavy rains caused flooding, landslides and flash floods that resulted in massive destruction to both lives and livelihoods. More than 1,400 people were killed. As of February 17, more than 14,000 persons remain inside […]
Posted on 05. Oct, 2011 by Trevor Knoblich.
In May, I was privileged to visit two sites in India that received LWR Mission Quilts. The Quilts were shipped as part of a very generous grant to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for the 2010-11 Biennium. At the tuberculosis hospital and an HIV/AIDS hospice I visited in […]
Posted on 27. Jul, 2011 by Trevor Knoblich.
Japan is facing what many humanitarian professionals have called a triple disaster: a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, followed by a raging tsunami of 20- to 30-foot waves, followed by significant damage to its Fukushima nuclear power plant. While Japan is considered a developed country — one of the top 3 economies in the world — the level […]
Posted on 28. Oct, 2010 by Trevor Knoblich.
In my job at Lutheran World Relief, I frequently travel to areas following an emergency in order to ensure our projects are going as planned. LWR sends me with pretty fundamental questions: are resources being used appropriately? Are the right people receiving food, water, quilts and kits? How do we measure the impact of this? […]
Posted on 30. Sep, 2010 by Trevor Knoblich.
All over Haiti there are signs of progress: rubble removal, construction of temporary houses, people and machines everywhere. Here in Leogane, near the epicenter of the earthquake, people are involved in a variety of planning and construction projects, from hospitals to schools to shelter for other survivors. Storm Damage in one of the temporary camps […]
Posted on 28. Aug, 2010 by Trevor Knoblich.
Requests are coming in from around the world for quilts and kits. To meet those requests we need your help. To date, we have outstanding requests for 21 ocean freight containers. A container holds 16,000 quilts, 17,000 school kits or 32,000 health kits—a total of nearly 750,000 pounds of aid that could provide school supplies […]