Archive for 'Tanzania'

Miriam in her family's rice field

The Blessing of Practical, Hands-On Training

Posted on 27. Oct, 2015 by .


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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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 .


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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Garrison Keillor with a microphone

Three Things About Lutherans that would Surprise Garrison Keillor

Posted on 04. Oct, 2013 by .


Raised in small-town Minnesota, and a somewhat introverted Lutheran of Norwegian descent, I tend to be a huge fan of Garrison Keillor’s homespun, witty and often satirical take on people like me. Just last night, my spouse and I drove to the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul to listen to Mr. Keillor read from […]

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Mankia sitting on a bed, holding a Quilt

Mankia’s Mission Quilt

Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by .


Ndenaghafumwa Umburi is featured in our video, “Two Women. Two Lives. Touched by an LWR Quilt.” Here is a little more about her. Ndenaghafumwa Umburi (her name means “let us glorify God”) is a busy woman to say the least. Ndenaghafumwa, who goes by Mankia for short, lives on a shamba (farm) on the slopes […]

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bundles of Mission Quilts

Father Tarimo says “Thank You” for Mission Quilts

Posted on 06. Jun, 2013 by .


On a recent visit to Dodoma, Tanzania, some of our U.S.-based staff got to visit the Mlali Children’s Rehabilitation Center. Father Sergi Tarimo was happy to greet them and all the the people who have so generously made and donated Mission Quilts and Personal Care Kits. He and the children wanted to take a moment […]

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kanga cloth on clothesline

We Thank God for All That is Given

Posted on 29. May, 2013 by .


“Open the gift! Open the gift!” sang members of the Usa River Lutheran Parish. This weekend they presented their visitors—three Lutheran World Relief staff and former Lutheran Women’s Missionary League President Jan Wendorf—gifts of beautiful kanga cloth. The pastor told them the gift was to help them remember their time with Usa River, something they’re […]

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three boys in Tanzania

We Need You to Help Fight Malaria

Posted on 24. Apr, 2013 by .


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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I’m Helping End Malaria – Dorcas

Posted on 18. Apr, 2013 by .


At just five years old, Dorcas is an aspiring actress with an important story to tell. Dorcas learned from her pastor and Sunday school teachers about malaria and now she’s telling others. As part of the Ngaruma Lutheran Parish’s efforts to educate church and community members about malaria prevention, the Sunday school children present educational […]

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Tausi Juma and her daughter Nurudi

We’re Helping End Malaria – Usa River Lutheran Parish

Posted on 16. Apr, 2013 by .


The Usa River Lutheran Parish in Tanzania serves more than 2,500 members who worship in three congregations. The church is deeply committed to reaching out to those most in need, and founded the Child Survival Program to serve mothers and children at risk due to extreme poverty. The program currently serves 40 mothers and their […]

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man talking to crowd of people

I’m Helping End Malaria – Pastor Mmwiri

Posted on 05. Apr, 2013 by .


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. It’s an understatement to say Pastor Eliraha Mmwiri is a busy man. His parish, the Bonde […]

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child and mother waiting in line

You Can Help Orange Out Malaria!

Posted on 02. Apr, 2013 by .


Every April 25, the world observes World Malaria Day. This year, from April 21-27, Lutherans across the United States will come together to “Orange Out Malaria!” as part of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI). Orange Out Malaria! is a weeklong push to raise awareness about malaria’s impact, and funds to fight the disease with LMI. […]

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