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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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Mr. Sevu Kanyasya and his six-year-old daughter, Wuyua, plant seedlings in their garden in Makueni County, Kenya.

This man experienced all-consuming hunger. Here’s how we’re ensuring he doesn’t have to again.

Posted on 05. Sep, 2014 by .

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“Hunger is like this: if you’re hungry, you can’t sleep at night. If you have hunger, you can’t plan ahead for your life. You can’t think about anything except the hunger that you have. Hunger. It creates conflict in the family, and can tear it apart. We used to be so hungry.” Just three years […]

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5 things you may not know about cocoa

Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by .

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Chocolate. It’s almost a food group unto itself. Whether you are personally a fan or not, you probably know someone who absolutely loves a rich, delicious piece of chocolate from time to time. That love of chocolate helps spur the global demand for cocoa — a $110 billion per year industry. Think you know all […]

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A healthworker helps clean off another worker in a hazardous materials suit in West Africa

Five ways Lutherans are fighting Ebola in West Africa

Posted on 06. Aug, 2014 by .

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As of August 1, 2014, there have been 1,603 reported cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa and 887 people have died. [source] This outbreak has gained international news coverage as it has spread. Many people are asking what can be done to help prevent this deadly disease from spreading any further, and what we […]

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Women in Peru sort cocoa beans. Photo by Olaf Hammelburg, for LWR

Cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the very first time (video)

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by .

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The first time I visited Nicaragua — one of the major coffee-producing countries in Central America and a focus of Ground Up: The LWR Coffee and Cocoa Initiative — I was perplexed that the only coffee we had to drink was prepackaged instant coffee. Nowhere in sight were the beautifully bistre roasted beans of the […]

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How smartphones are improving farming in Uganda

Posted on 24. Jul, 2014 by .

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Guest post by David Fuerst, LWR’s Senior Director for Philanthropic Engagement “This phone has changed my life!” That’s what Bernard Magombe told me when I recently sat down with him on a visit to an LWR coffee project in Bumweru, Uganda. To be honest, I had mixed reactions to his proclamation. I think of my […]

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