Archive for 'Health & Livelihoods'

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Why “42” is Good News in the Fight Against Ebola

Posted on 09. May, 2015 by .

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Liberia was one of the countries hard-hit by the most recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, which the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa regional office first reported in March 2014. [Source] Since then, more than 10,000 cases of Ebola have been investigated in the country and there have been more than 4,600 deaths [Source]. With […]

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Sochele Banou lost her son Aly to malaria when he was 3 years old.

Malaria Is On Its Way Out – But The Fight Isn’t Finished

Posted on 24. Apr, 2015 by .

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When Sochele Banou’s three-year-old son, Aly, got sick, she didn’t know what to do. In her remote village in Mali, there was little access to medical services and she couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t getting better. “My child cried so loudly,” she said, “We got to the hospital to see the doctor, but it […]

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Fund coffee farmers in Kenya through KindSight!

Posted on 09. Apr, 2015 by .

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Last fall, LWR launched KindSight, a new way to use your time, money and voice to fight poverty around the world. Our first project – the Rural Women Led Vegetable Farming project in India – is going strong. We’re excited to introduce a second project – the APOKO coffee project in Kenya. Here’s what you […]

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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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What is “food security”? And how does it differ from “hunger”?

Posted on 15. Oct, 2014 by .

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“Food security” is a term that used all the time by people who work in the world of relief and development. But what does the term mean? Is it simply the opposite of hunger? Officially, food security exists “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy […]

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Five ways Lutherans are fighting Ebola in West Africa

Posted on 06. Aug, 2014 by .

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As of August 1, 2014, there have been 1,603 reported cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa and 887 people have died. [source] This outbreak has gained international news coverage as it has spread. Many people are asking what can be done to help prevent this deadly disease from spreading any further, and what we […]

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Celebrating World Malaria Day & LWR’s Work in Mali

Posted on 22. Apr, 2014 by .

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This Friday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a day to bring special attention to this preventable, treatable disease. As part of the commemoration of World Malaria Day, we’re excited to announce that Tim McCully, LWR’s vice president of international programs, will be speaking at a special event at Johns Hopkins University. He joins Rear […]

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We Have a Dream, Too

Posted on 28. Aug, 2013 by .

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. (Watch the whole 16-minute speech here.) Little needs to be said about the enormous impact his speech has had on American history and culture. We wanted to share our own dreams for the future of our world. […]

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World Hunger is Declining

Posted on 06. Aug, 2013 by .

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Sometimes it can feel as if the world is falling apart. Earthquakes, tsunamis, poverty and hunger dominate our headlines. Is there any hope for lasting change? Is sustainable development really possible? We’ve put together a couple charts that show a more positive picture. Hunger is Declining With month after month and year after year of […]

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10 Facts about Clean Cookstoves

Posted on 20. Jun, 2013 by .

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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 […]

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We Thank God for All That is Given

Posted on 29. May, 2013 by .

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“Open the gift! Open the gift!” sang members of the Usa River Lutheran Parish. This weekend they presented their visitors—three Lutheran World Relief staff and former Lutheran Women’s Missionary League President Jan Wendorf—gifts of beautiful kanga cloth. The pastor told them the gift was to help them remember their time with Usa River, something they’re […]

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