Nepal Earthquake: “The Lutherans are there!”

One of the best  parts of my job as staff writer at Lutheran World Relief is to sharing our work on Facebook, because I get to share with you the great work you make happen around the world. I noticed that when we posted information about our response to the April 25 earthquake in Nepal,  many of you […]

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Meet Krishna, Nepal Earthquake Survivor

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

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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5 Things You May Not Know About Coffee (INFOGRAPHIC)

(Reading this via email? View the entire graphic here.) An estimated 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. We are so passionate about it we’ve even fashioned a whole dialect around ordering it from coffeehouses. 1. The United States is not the largest importer of coffee While […]

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

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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Gayle Smith: A Great Choice for USAID Administrator

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

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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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

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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LWR Travel Diary: Four Places I Found Hope in South Sudan

When I arrived to Maban County in Northeastern South Sudan, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Just days before, a fresh round of fighting had broken out. This country, just four years old, has been embroiled in civil war since its inception. And if that weren’t hard enough, the young country is also home to […]

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Fund coffee farmers in Kenya through KindSight!

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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Lutheran World Relief Receives $350,000 from Starbucks Foundation

We are proud to announce that we have received a Starbucks Foundation grant of $350,000 toward a two-year project that contributes to the protection of the local ecosystem, provides sustainable livelihoods, and fosters community in Colombia: Pro-Café: Protecting Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Coffee Livelihoods. Coffee growers’ livelihoods and quality of life in central Colombia are […]

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