Archive for 'Emergency Response'

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Emerging Lessons from Nepal: Thinking About Resilience

Posted on 24. Jun, 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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Nepal Earthquake: LWR’s Long-Term Response

Posted on 04. Jun, 2015 by .

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It’s been more than a month now since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, claiming lives, destroying homes and leaving thousands of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. With your support, our staff and partners on the ground have been carrying out immediate emergency response – providing food, shelter items, water filters, quilts and […]

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Meet Krishna, Nepal Earthquake Survivor

Posted on 13. May, 2015 by .

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This post was written by Umer Khan, LWR’s Senior Director for Emergency Operations, just days before a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Nepal. LWR staff on the ground report they are safe and continue to work to reach out to people affected by the April 25 earthquake. If you’d like to learn more […]

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Second Earthquake Hits Nepal: Notes from LWR Staff

Posted on 12. May, 2015 by .

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A second, 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal this morning, less than three weeks after the first, 7.8 magnitude quake. Reuters reports that at least 37 people have been killed and panic is spreading. Lutheran World Relief staff are all safe and are continuing to assess the situation. Nicole Hark, LWR’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia & […]

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Gayle Smith: A Great Choice for USAID Administrator

Posted on 05. May, 2015 by .

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I could not be more happy with President Obama’s nomination of Gayle Smith to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Not only is she a consummate leader in the international development world, well-respected by both Democrats and Republicans, she also has ties to Lutheran World Relief! Gayle worked with LWR […]

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Nepal Earthquake: Why We Must Pay Attention to the Rural Poor

Posted on 29. Apr, 2015 by .

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It’s easy to focus on urban Kathmandu and prestigious Mt. Everest in the wake of the earthquake that hit Nepal last week. But what about those who live in less visible places? Two researchers at the University of British Columbia wrote a powerful piece in The Globe and Mail about the importance of reaching the […]

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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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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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Go Global this Lent! 5 Easy Tips.

Posted on 30. Jan, 2015 by .

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Lent is a time to focus our hearts and minds on Jesus’ journey to the cross and an opportunity to share that gift of grace through service to others. 2015 marks the fifth year Lutherans will come together to assemble LWR Personal Care Kits as a part of the Baskets of Promise Campaign. Whether you’ve […]

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Five Years Later: The Haiti Earthquake in Pictures

Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by .

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Monday, January 12 marks the five-year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. It’s painful to recall. The poorest country in this hemisphere, Haiti was the country least able to handle such a shocking event. Even before the earthquake, the majority of Haitians faced decades of problems, most of which begin and end in […]

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The 5 Best Videos of 2014

Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 by .

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2014 was a busy year! From the first phases of our response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to increasing work with coffee and cocoa farmers throughout the world, we’ve captured quite a bit of it on video. Here are a few of our favorites: Putting cash in the hands of typhoon victims Watching Leonida’s […]

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