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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 [...]