Tag Archives: Advocacy

We’re Passionate about Our Partners

Posted on 14. Oct, 2013 by .

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If you know Lutheran World Relief, you already know we are passionate about partners. Local institutions and organizations in the countries we work form some of our most important partnerships. LWR’s value of accompaniment states it clearly: “we support, encourage and learn together within long-term relationships of trust and reciprocity.” But LWR doesn’t only work […]

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The Problems of Restoring Land in Colombia

Posted on 04. Dec, 2012 by .

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On Sunday, The New York Times reported on an issue in Colombia that has long been on LWR’s priority list. Along the northern, Caribbean coast of Colombia, paramilitary forces rounded up hundreds of residents in early 2000 and forced them to leave their lands. The paramilitary believed these residents were sympathizers of the leftist guerrillas. […]

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President Obama, Shakira and Lutheran World Relief

Posted on 07. May, 2012 by .

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A few weeks ago, President Obama came to Cartagena, Colombia, for the Summit of the Americas. He was joined by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian singer Shakira and two Afrocolombian leaders in a ceremony with great importance for LWR. In 2008, LWR began working with the Afrocolombian community of Palenque just outside the colonial […]

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A Thousand Days to Make a Difference

Posted on 01. Dec, 2011 by .

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I’d like to introduce you to Carin Nuñez, the nutrition program coordinator for one of Lutheran World Relief’s local development partners. Carin is passionate about improving early childhood health and nutrition in Chota Province, Peru. She grew up in the region and knows firsthand that improving nutrition for the youngest children provides a unique opportunity to […]

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Farmer to Farmer to Congress

Farmer to Farmer to Congress

Posted on 04. Aug, 2011 by .

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Recently, with all eyes focused on Congress and how they would react to the looming debt ceiling deadlines, I found myself walking among the bustling hallways of the Capitol building. The Foods Resource Bank (FRB) — a group which hopes to alleviate hunger by connecting farmers here in the U.S. to small farmers around the world — and […]

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Make a Difference for Sudan

Make a Difference for Sudan

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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When I joined LWR, I was tasked with continuing the organization’s advocacy and education on human rights in Sudan.  But I’d never been to Sudan. At LWR, we try hard to make sure the policy positions we take reflect and respond to the lived realities of the local communities with which we work. Initiatives that […]

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Today is World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day

Posted on 20. Jun, 2011 by .

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In honor of World Refugee Day, here is a round-up of what is happening around the web: Do One Thing at the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, including viewing videos, reading stories and taking action to help refugees around the world. Watch a 3 minute video about the experience of one refugee: Read about how […]

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The Humanitarian Imperative

The Humanitarian Imperative

Posted on 16. Jun, 2011 by .

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This week LWR staff from across the agency gathered together to learn about the humanitarian standards that guide our disaster response work.  Among the various themes and issues we discussed was the “humanitarian imperative” as articulated in the Principles of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Response […]

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Small Farmers, Big Potential

Small Farmers, Big Potential

Posted on 01. Jun, 2011 by .

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The risks and challenges associated with starting and running a small business are no secret, especially to those who do it.   I’ve never done it, but I know lots of people who have.  In fact, I used to help teach a course for would-be entrepreneurs at a local chamber of commerce in Indiana.  (I taught […]

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Colombia: Harvest & Hope Amidst Threats

Posted on 04. May, 2011 by .

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Annalise and other LWR staff members are visiting the family of Rogelio Martinez, a Colombian farmer who was slain by paramilitaries in 2010. At Finca Alemania, LWR staff was received with plates of freshly harvested yucca and delicious Colombian cheese. The community saw abundance this year in their yucca, corn and rice crops—part of LWR’s […]

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The People We Meet Along the Way [from ELCA Blogs]

Posted on 28. Apr, 2011 by .

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by Krista Zimmerman Cross-posted from the ELCA’s Voices for Change blog Travel is something I enjoy. So when my work for Lutheran World Relief took me to Sudan, I was grateful for the opportunity. Although some aspects of the trip were uncomfortable and stressful, I was always aware that I journeyed far from home by […]

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