Archive for 'Indonesia'

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The Surprising Thing I Like MOST About Visiting LWR Projects

Posted on 12. Aug, 2015 by .

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“What do you like most about visiting ‘the field’?” While in Indonesia in May visiting one of Lutheran World Relief’s recently launched coffee projects, a locally-based colleague asked me this. I think my response surprised her. In just over three years of service here at LWR, I have been blessed to visit about six projects […]

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coffee cherries are sorted and bagged

Why is “Resilient” Coffee Relevant?

Posted on 18. May, 2015 by .

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LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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Reflections on Resilience

Posted on 12. Mar, 2015 by .

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LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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LWR Early Warning Forecast Report: 8 Places We’re Watching in 2015

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by .

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LWR recently released a 2015 “Early Warning Forecast” of regions to watch and why. The regions highlighted in the report are ones LWR is actively monitoring. Many of these regions are also places where, with your support, LWR is already in-country, working to help communities mitigate the worst effects of potential crises by developing disaster […]

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A large boat rests atop a building in Indonesia in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami

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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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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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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Earthquake in Indonesia

Posted on 05. Jul, 2013 by .

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What’s Happening? At 2:37 p.m. local time on Tuesday, July 2, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northern Sumatra’s Aceh Province in Indonesia.  Following the initial quake, the Government of Indonesia Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency reported at least two aftershocks of magnitudes 5.5 and 5.3 on July 2. The earthquake resulted in an estimated 30 […]

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Reforestation in Indonesia

Posted on 01. Jun, 2013 by .

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Recently, The Guardian published an article about the deforestation in Indonesia. The article explains the crisis the Indonesian island of Sumatra is undergoing due to quickly disappearing forests. The impacts of natural disasters are greater on communities when forests are not there to act as a buffer between them; violence erupts over land conflicts; animal […]

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LWR Supports Environmental and Disaster Education in Indonesia

Posted on 04. Feb, 2013 by .

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Mr. Kairan, a fifth grade teacher in Indonesia, is always looking for new ways to engage his students. He wants them to know about issues that impact their lives and believes in teaching practical lessons outside of the classroom. He enjoys educating his community’s future leaders, opening students’ minds to the wonders of scientific learning. […]

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Celebrating Safer Lives & Schools

Posted on 13. Oct, 2012 by .

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Students at Hiligambukha Elementary School in Indonesia celebrate a new, safe school building that LWR helped put in place after the old building was destroyed in a 2005 earthquake. They used to have to ask students to go home when it rained, simply because, “they could not study at school due to leaking roofs, and […]

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