Archive for 'India'

3 Reasons Punxsutawney Phil is not one of LWR’s Trusted Partners

Posted on 02. Feb, 2015 by .

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Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve always been a bit confused by Groundhog’s Day. Do we hope Phil sees his shadow? Do we hope he does not? What does this all mean? I decided to do a little research to find out. The first recorded reference of Groundhog Day was made in 1841. Back then it […]

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The Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years Later

Posted on 26. Dec, 2014 by .

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Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that swept through Asia, forever changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In total, 227,898 people were killed or were missing and presumed dead and about 1.7 million people were displaced in 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa. The tsunami […]

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We’re Proud to Introduce KindSight

Posted on 06. Nov, 2014 by .

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LWR is proud to announce that we’ve launched a brand new, innovative way to give: KindSight. KindSight is a new way to help end poverty around the world. Choose specific parts of LWR projects to support and then get updates, photos and stories about how you are helping people help themselves. Money isn’t the only […]

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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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Empowering Communities in India to Overcome Poverty — One Woman at a Time

Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 by .

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Originally posted at the Huffington Post… This International Women’s Day, I want to recognize the women of rural India who are fighting to pull their communities out of poverty — one woman at a time. Women have the power to pull communities out of poverty. During the past year, I have met countless women who […]

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How Two Teachers Saved Their Village & How We’re Helping Others Do the Same

Posted on 16. Oct, 2013 by .

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On the eve of August 18, 2008, Chandra Kant was nervous and uneasy. He had been listening to the radio all day as torrential rain fell on his village — fearful that the worst was yet to come. He knew that if the rainfall did not stop, the nearby river would overflow and flood his […]

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Floods in India

Posted on 02. Aug, 2013 by .

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Last month early monsoon rains caused massive floods in India. Over 1,000 people have been killed (one source reports nearly 6,000 are “presumed dead”) and the U.N. estimates that 1.25 million people have been affected. Earlier this week we announced that we have committed $25,000 to help the victims of this disaster, in addition to our […]

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How We’re Learning from… Ourselves

Posted on 12. Jul, 2013 by .

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As far as international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) go, Lutheran World Relief is pretty tiny. With our 160 staff members worldwide, we’re dwarfed by organizations like Catholic Relief Services (5,211 employees), or WorldVision (44,500 employees). Yet among nonprofits generally, we’re giants. We have offices in 16 countries that serve relief and development projects in 35. Our […]

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World Water Day (Photos)

Posted on 22. Mar, 2013 by .

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Today is World Water Day, an official celebration of freshwater and sustainable management. We celebrate this day by lifting up the millions of people around the world who don’t have access to clean drinking water, water for irrigation, or sufficient sanitation. We work hard to ensure that all people have the water they need to […]

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International Women’s Day (part 2)

Posted on 08. Mar, 2013 by .

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In yesterday’s blog post, I talked about how this International Women’s Day coincides with the start of LWR’s Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) initiative, where we hope to learn how to create equal opportunities for men and women to benefit from our work in communities around the world. Today I’d like to talk a bit […]

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International Women’s Day

Posted on 07. Mar, 2013 by .

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Tomorrow, March 8, we observe International Women’s Day (#IWD), an international holiday created to inspire women and celebrate achievements toward gender equality. It just so happens that this year IWD coincides with the start of a very special initiative that Lutheran World Relief is undertaking toward the same goal. We are kicking off three special […]

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