Archive for 'Bolivia'

Dionisa Choque looks at her family's garden, where she now grows onions, carrots and lettuce.

Limited-Time Offer: Double Your Gift

Posted on 16. Jun, 2015 by .

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You can transform an entire community by simply giving them the gift of water. Right now, a group of generous friends will double the value of your gift — dollar-for-dollar — between now and July 31, up to $100,000. This means that your gift today of $50 will be matched with another gift of $50 […]

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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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Election Day: Let’s Bring Civic Participation to Every Community

Posted on 06. Nov, 2012 by .

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My Facebook feed is currently going crazy with friends’ hopes, fears and dreams for today’s local and national elections. Hundreds of declarative “I Voted” and imperative “Vote XX!” images and status updates show the passion that this day brings every four years. And tonight, I’m certain many of us will be glued to our (multiple) […]

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Little Things Make a Big Difference for Bolivian Farmers

Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by .

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Dionisia Choque is a Quechua-speaking farmer who lives in Tinguipaya, Bolivia. Her entire life Dionisia and her family have grown potatoes, and until recently that is what her family ate, potatoes and some meat. In fact, that is what almost everyone in her community has cultivated and eaten for decades. Some would say Tinguipaya has […]

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The Power of Identification – Transforming Communities

Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by .

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In 2007 Lutheran World Relief partnered  with Fundación Tierra (The Land Foundation) to help nearly 30,000 rural Bolivians officially register with the state, allowing them to gain access to better health services, obtain jobs and secure land to farm. Here’s the story of some of the people affected: Manuel Flores, a Quechua-speaking farmer has just […]

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The Power of Identification – Margarita Flores

Posted on 03. Jul, 2012 by .

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In 2007 Lutheran World Relief partnered with Fundación Tierra (The Land Foundation) to help nearly 30,000 rural Bolivians officially register with the state, allowing them to gain access to better health services, obtain jobs and secure land to farm. Here’s one woman’s story: Margarita Flores lives in the small town of Potrero. She and her […]

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The Power of Identification

Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by .

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Imagine losing your wallet, passport or social security card. The pain of having to stand in line at the DMV or other government office seems horribly annoying. Now imagine that office is 12 hours away, you have to purchase a 300 dollar plane ticket to get there and take 5 days off work (unpaid) to […]

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Page 7a: Stories You may have Missed

Page 7a: Stories You may have Missed

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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A 32 year mystery has been solved and a culprit can finally be named—yes, a dingo really did take Lindy and Michael Chamberlin’s baby. This seemingly preposterous event has made its mark in pop-culture as a film and more often than not as the butt of a joke. Now the tragedy and skepticism can finally be […]

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Page 7a: Stories You May have Missed

Page 7a: Stories You May have Missed

Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by .

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Violence in Syria and the unfolding events in Iran continue to dominate world news this week. The New York Times has a beautiful and heart-wrenching photo tribute to photographer Rémi Ochlik, who was killed in Syria on Wednesday, and the Washington Post has a helpful timeline of the Syrian uprising. Here are this week’s stories, […]

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Where We Work: The Human Development Index

Where We Work: The Human Development Index

Posted on 06. Dec, 2011 by .

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Ever wonder just how poor the countries we work in are? Thanks to Google’s Public Data Explorer, now you can easily visualize complex data like the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI is an attempt to measure how well-developed a country is, based on a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard […]

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World Toilet Day 2011

World Toilet Day 2011

Posted on 18. Nov, 2011 by .

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Saturday, November 19 is World Toilet Day. Why? Frankly, because toilets are an incredibly important part of keeping a community healthy. It’s estimated that 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. Toilets and other sanitation facilities are vital to preventing the spread of viruses, bacteria and parasites. Here are a few things going on […]

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