Archive for 'Latin America'

Growth in Impact: What’s ahead for Lutheran World Relief

Posted on 06. Oct, 2014 by .

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As of October 1, LWR embarked on its new fiscal year. Whether it’s a new job, a school year, a new fiscal year, or a new calendar year, new beginnings are times of both reflection and action, of asking questions and seeking answers. Since I joined LWR in July, I’ve been doing a lot of […]

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Kids sitting around on old tires in El Salvador

Three ways LWR is helping unaccompanied minors

Posted on 08. Aug, 2014 by .

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More than 50,000 children have arrived at the U.S./Mexico border alone so far this year. Nearly 40,000 women and children have arrived as families.[source] All have endured an incredibly dangerous journey to escape violence and despair in Central America. Current efforts to expedite their deportation place their safety and well-being in jeopardy. While this issue […]

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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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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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hand holding a leaf infected with leaf rust

How Leaf Rust is Affecting Coffee Farmers in Central America

Posted on 22. May, 2014 by .

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news the last couple of days, you might have seen something about coffee rust, or roya, a coffee plant disease that’s devastating coffee crops in Central America. While organizations like LWR have been aware of – and working to combat – roya for a long while, it’s been […]

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Concordia College students are welcomed by a farmer in Nicaragua

Notes from Nicaragua: Experiencing the Hospitality of Farmers

Posted on 15. May, 2014 by .

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Driving through the mountains of Nicaragua and looking out over the valleys, I don’t feel all that far away from the pine-filled mountains and valleys of western North Carolina that I once called home. In Nicaragua, unfortunately, deforestation is affecting the beautiful pine trees and harming small-scale farmers. Fortunately, many of those small-scale farmers are […]

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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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