Archive for 'Africa'

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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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Fund coffee farmers in Kenya through KindSight!

Posted on 09. Apr, 2015 by .

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Last fall, LWR launched KindSight, a new way to use your time, money and voice to fight poverty around the world. Our first project – the Rural Women Led Vegetable Farming project in India – is going strong. We’re excited to introduce a second project – the APOKO coffee project in Kenya. Here’s what you […]

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Reflections on Resilience

Posted on 12. Mar, 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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LWR Early Warning Forecast Report: 8 Places We’re Watching in 2015

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by .

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LWR recently released a 2015 “Early Warning Forecast” of regions to watch and why. The regions highlighted in the report are ones LWR is actively monitoring. Many of these regions are also places where, with your support, LWR is already in-country, working to help communities mitigate the worst effects of potential crises by developing disaster […]

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Cooperative members, including Carolin Ochieng (in white), sort coffee on newly-acquired drying beds at Orinde Farmers' Cooperative Society in Rachuonyo South, Kenya

The 5 Best Videos of 2014

Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 by .

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2014 was a busy year! From the first phases of our response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to increasing work with coffee and cocoa farmers throughout the world, we’ve captured quite a bit of it on video. Here are a few of our favorites: Putting cash in the hands of typhoon victims Watching Leonida’s […]

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Red Cross/Red Crescent health workers start the day praying with Ebola patients in the outside area in front of their tents (October 2014)

How to Stop Ebola

Posted on 04. Nov, 2014 by .

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Over the last several weeks, we have been getting daily, if not hourly updates on the spread of Ebola. More than 13,000 cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in West Africa and it is lapping our own shores. We can’t stop talking and wondering and worrying about our own safety, the safety of our families, […]

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What are Sand Dams, and how do they help?

Posted on 20. Oct, 2014 by .

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WHAT is a Sand Dam? A sand dam is a reinforced cement wall built across a seasonal (flows after major rainfall, then dries up again) sandy river. The dams are built by securing one or two long concrete barriers across river beds, and by placing a pipe under these barriers. When it rains, the water […]

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Growth in Impact: What’s ahead for Lutheran World Relief

Posted on 06. Oct, 2014 by .

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As of October 1, LWR embarked on its new fiscal year. Whether it’s a new job, a school year, a new fiscal year, or a new calendar year, new beginnings are times of both reflection and action, of asking questions and seeking answers. Since I joined LWR in July, I’ve been doing a lot of […]

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