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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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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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Noali Timbende

How Far Out is “the Future”? Different Perspectives from Burkina Faso

Posted on 20. May, 2014 by .

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When you read the word “future,” what comes to mind? 10 years? 20 years? 50 years? While visiting with women in Burkina Faso last week, I gained a new perspective about how different people view that word. I met with women in the village of Piaga, a village of approximately 1,239 people in a country […]

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Celebrating World Malaria Day & LWR’s Work in Mali

Posted on 22. Apr, 2014 by .

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This Friday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a day to bring special attention to this preventable, treatable disease. As part of the commemoration of World Malaria Day, we’re excited to announce that Tim McCully, LWR’s vice president of international programs, will be speaking at a special event at Johns Hopkins University. He joins Rear […]

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Standing in front of UN building

Why We Continue the Complicated, Messy, Slow Work in Gender

Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 by .

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak about LWR in front of an audience of other non-governmental organization (NGO) workers at the United Nations. It was part of an event at the fifty-eighth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. I was invited to talk about LWR’s Learning for Gender […]

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