Archive for 'Kenya'

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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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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illustration of sand dam

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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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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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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drinking coffee

I don’t like coffee, but I do like this…

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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I have a secret – I’m not a coffee drinker. Despite months of working on LWR’s coffee programming in Asia—including Temu Kupi, an international coffee forum LWR hosted with Green Mountain Coffee and Fair Trade USA—I got away without drinking any coffee.  It’s not that I don’t support the farmers who participate in our programs […]

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Nine Facts About Refugees

Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by .

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The ongoing conflict in Syria has been on the front page of news for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the huge number of Syrian refugees who have fled their homes to find solace in Jordan, Turkey, and other neighboring countries. But what is the definition of a refugee? How many refugees […]

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three boys in Tanzania

We Need You to Help Fight Malaria

Posted on 24. Apr, 2013 by .

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On World Malaria Day, Thursday, April 25, we have much to celebrate. Just a few years ago, this preventable, treatable disease claimed the life of a child in Africa every 30 seconds. Since then we’ve slowed that down to 60 seconds. But still, any death from malaria is too many. So there’s still much work […]

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Pastor Ngare stands next to a bed net

I’m Helping End Malaria – Pastor Ngare

Posted on 12. Apr, 2013 by .

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As LWR’s Regional Communications Officer for East Africa, Brenda Kimaro meets many of the pastors, evangelists, Sunday school teachers and volunteers who are working together to protect their families and communities from malaria. Here is one of their stories. Pastor Meshack Ngare has been leading the Samanga Lutheran Parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in […]

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Ochuki holding a bed net

A Boy and His Family Recieve Bed Nets

Posted on 10. Apr, 2013 by .

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When I met Ochuki a few months ago, he and his family had been living at risk. Every night they slept unprotected from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Like many families in Kenya, Ochuki’s family did not have money to buy bed nets. Not long before I visited Ochuki’s village, though, community volunteers began visiting […]

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