Archive for 'Haiti'
Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
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 […]
Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by Dan Ruth.
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 […]
Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by Loren Hyatt.
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 […]
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 12. Jan, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
Today marks the third anniversary of the earthquake that leveled Haiti. Three years ago this magnitude 7.0 earthquake severely damaged an already struggling nation. Lutheran World Relief had already been at work in Haiti for fifteen years, but we increased our presence there to help people recover from the earthquake. Three years after the earthquake, […]
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 31. Aug, 2012 by Dan Ruth.
The Republican National Convention is in full swing this week, and the media is laser-focused on the nuances and of the various speeches from Governor Christie, Representative Ryan and, of course, Mr. Romney himself. While the convention rolled along, what else happened around the world? Here are this week’s stories, excavated from Page 7a: Suspicious […]
Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by Nikki Massie.
I admit asking myself this after learning that Tropical Storm Isaac was bound for the small island nation. Perhaps you wondered the same thing. While this storm wasn’t as strong as we feared, it still managed to do significant damage, especially to the southern portion of the country, where communities are still working to recover […]
Posted on 27. Jul, 2012 by Dan Ruth.
Olympic fever dominates the headlines this week, especially as the Opening Ceremonies come our way tonight. Will Michael Phelps maintain his Olympic domination, or will Ryan Lochte overtake Phelps in this year’s competition? But what else is happening around the world? Here are this week’s stories, excavated from page 7a: Using Text Messages: The Philippines, the […]
Posted on 04. May, 2012 by Dan Ruth.
President Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan made quite a few headlines this week, with many taking a cautious “wait and see” stance on the agreement signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Meanwhile, a famous work of art was sold for $119.9 million, the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction. But it’s likely […]
Posted on 13. Mar, 2012 by Jessica Katzenstein.
When Christine Djalleta got the idea to make Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she couldn’t have guessed how big her idea would become. Christine originally got enough supplies to make eight Kits, then asked her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Sandra Ellis-Killian at St. John’s Lutheran in Ambler, […]