Tag Archives: international development
Posted on 05. May, 2015 by Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard (rt.).
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 […]
Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by Melanie Gibbons.
In the LWR Quilters Group on Facebook – a place of 750 (and counting) dedicated Quilters and Kit-makers from across the US gather online – we’ve been having an interesting discussion. What’s the difference between a quilt “blessing” and a quilt “dedication?” And why do congregations do them before sending Quilts and Kits to LWR? […]
Posted on 14. Oct, 2014 by Nikki Massie.
We’ve probably all had this experience. You make a purchase of beautiful, fresh produce with every intention to use it at the peak of its glory. Then, some weeks later, after life has happened, you stumble upon your neglected piece of fruit or vegetable and realize that it’s been called home. Indeed, preserving fresh food is a […]
Posted on 06. Oct, 2014 by Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard (rt.).
As of October 1, LWR embarked on its new fiscal year. Whether it’s a new job, a school year, a new fiscal year, or a new calendar year, new beginnings are times of both reflection and action, of asking questions and seeking answers. Since I joined LWR in July, I’ve been doing a lot of […]
Posted on 14. Oct, 2013 by Krista Zimmerman.
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 […]
Posted on 14. Aug, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
We have long made intentional investments in women in our work around the world. Just searching the tag “women,” or “women farmers” on our blog brings up hundreds of posts over the past few years. That’s why we like this 2011 infographic from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that clearly enumerates the benefits of […]
Posted on 13. May, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Ana Rosa Gatica Díaz is a 20-year-old new mother who lives in La Pintada, Nicaragua. Like so many new mothers, she speaks of her baby girl with adoration. She also speaks of the challenges she faces. “It’s hard” to meet family’s needs Ana Rosa managed to study through sixth grade and even went on to […]
Posted on 08. May, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Bessy Lopez is a 34-year-old single mother of five in Omoa, Honduras. She has no land and, until recently, had few marketable skills. Over the years she has struggled to support her family, taking in laundry, selling firewood and working at textile factories. When Bessy worked in the factory, she had to leave the house […]
Posted on 02. May, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
People tend to drag their feet, or roll their eyes, when it comes to business meetings. Especially when it comes to multi-day meetings focused on strategy. But in the three years I’ve been working at Lutheran World Relief, our organization has somehow been able to transcend the stereotype of strategy meetings. Sure, by the end […]
Posted on 26. Mar, 2013 by Katey Swenson.
When our friends at Save the Children set out to secretly film an anti-aid demonstration, they didn’t realize exactly what they were getting into. Luckily the protesters made the case for aid better than any of us ever could. Watch the video: Thanks to Save the Children UK for putting together this hilarious video (and […]
Posted on 20. Mar, 2013 by Brenda Meier Kimaro.
Grape grower Agnes Munyukwa was the first in her village to begin adopting new grape growing techniques she learned from Lutheran World Relief. She started using a deep plowing method between the rows of vines to help retain the moisture in the soil, and also grows peanuts within her eleven-row vineyard to improve soil fertility. […]