Archive for 'El Salvador'
Posted on 22. Oct, 2014 by Carolyn Barker-Villena.
Even though it is a small town, Lolotique has big problems. Not too long ago, the mayor was killed by gang members. Unfortunately in this area – located in the eastern part of El Salvador – death threats and gang extortions are not uncommon. As a result, many youth see migration to the U.S. as […]
Posted on 08. Aug, 2014 by Lutheran World Relief.
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 […]
Posted on 01. Jul, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
“May our barns be filled, with produce of every kind; may our sheep increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields, and may our cattle be heavy with young.” -Psalm 144:13-14a This week here in the United States we take time off to celebrate Independence Day. Aside from the grilled meats, fireworks displays […]
Posted on 20. Jun, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
Last week, CNN highlighted Nancy Hughes, the founder of StoveTeam International, the organization who makes clean burning Ecocina stoves, as one of their CNN Heroes. Last October, we wrote about distributing dozens of these stoves in El Salvador as part of our “Building Resilience” project. Inspired by CNN Hero Nancy Hughes, here are ten facts […]
Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Leaf rust is the common name for a nasty little fungus, Roya, which causes big problems for coffee plants. Leaf rust first appears on the underside of the leaves of coffee plants as yellow spots, and can ultimately cause the leaves to turn black and fall off. This severely damages coffee plants, reducing yields. When […]
Posted on 14. Nov, 2012 by Chandler Carriker.
I had the joy of attending my brother’s wedding just a few weeks back. Surrounded by family, old friends and communities that have all played an important part in my life and my faith journey reminded me of the importance of gratitude as a practice of Christian discipleship. Gratitude for the ways that God has […]
Posted on 22. Oct, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
For many of us, cooking is a pleasure, and for others it’s just a pain. For Albertina Grandados in Tepititán, El Salvador, cooking is dangerous. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessity which means that she and her children are exposed to the dangers of cooking almost all day long, day in and day out. This is […]
Posted on 02. Oct, 2012 by Lutheran World Relief.
October is Fair Trade Month, and we want to lift up one of our long-time Fair Trade partners: Equal Exchange. In their honor, every Tuesday we are sharing stories of farmers whose lives are changed by your faithful support of Fair Trade. This week it’s the story of Rene Santos, a coffee farmer in El […]
Posted on 26. Sep, 2012 by Carolyn Barker-Villena.
“Cocoa is my passion.” These were among the first words that cocoa farmer Leonor Gomez shared during the two-day National Cocoa Forum that LWR co-hosted in Nicaragua last week. The cocoa forum was a dream that LWR maintained as we expanded our work in cocoa in Nicaragua and other parts of Latin America. Not only […]
Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by Dan Ruth.
This past Monday, the New York Times published an article about the successes of a major gang truce in El Salvador. Five months after bringing jailed gang leaders together to negotiate a truce, “Homicides in this country of six million people are down 32 percent in the first half of this year; kidnappings have fallen […]
Posted on 27. Jan, 2012 by Dan Ruth.
Another week has come and gone, with some news making the front page and even more stuck in the middle. Here are this week’s stories, excavated from page 7A: Tales of Joy: American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) tells the story of distributing LWR Mission Quilts to refugees in Jordan. Reflections on HIV/AIDS: Dr. Christoph […]