Archive for 'Africa'

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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The Global Impact of El Niño: Africa

Posted on 24. Feb, 2016 by .

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Global weather conditions associated with El Niño are posing a serious threat to millions of vulnerable people, particularly in rural communities. This blog series looks at the effects of  El Niño-influenced weather disruptions in various parts of the world – and how your support of LWR is helping.  Global weather conditions associated with El Niño are […]

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How Ethiopia Can Overcome the Worst Drought in 50 Years

Posted on 19. Feb, 2016 by .

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The following is an excerpt of an article written by Lutheran World Relief President and CEO, Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard (rt.) and published on the TIME Magazine website. Ethiopia has a large rural population that has been heavily affected by conditions described and LWR and local partners are working to assess needs and develop a response. In […]

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In Mali, Hope Multiplied

Posted on 07. Dec, 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. Have you […]

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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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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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9 Facts About Refugees

Posted on 03. Sep, 2015 by .

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What is the definition of a refugee? How many refugees are there around the world? What causes people to become refugees? Here are 9 facts about refugees: 1. Refugees have fled persecution or war In order to officially be considered a refugee, a person must have suffered persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political […]

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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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Why is “Resilient” Coffee Relevant?

Posted on 18. May, 2015 by .

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LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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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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Sochele Banou lost her son Aly to malaria when he was 3 years old.

Malaria Is On Its Way Out – But The Fight Isn’t Finished

Posted on 24. Apr, 2015 by .

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When Sochele Banou’s three-year-old son, Aly, got sick, she didn’t know what to do. In her remote village in Mali, there was little access to medical services and she couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t getting better. “My child cried so loudly,” she said, “We got to the hospital to see the doctor, but it […]

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