Tag Archives: poverty
Posted on 01. Dec, 2015 by Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard (rt.).
If we have learned anything from living in our increasingly globalized world, it is that no community or no nation stands in isolation. For better or worse, we are all connected. This makes our existence on this planet simultaneously more creative, more dynamic, more complex and more dangerous. Inevitably, what goes on “over there” will […]
Posted on 24. Jan, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
Owen Barder, the Europe Director at the Center for Global Development, published a blog post today titled “We can be the Generation….” He begins the post with a hopeful quote from a recent speech by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. “Thirty years ago more than half the planet lived on the equivalent of $1.25 a […]
Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by Amy Burke.
A 32 year mystery has been solved and a culprit can finally be named—yes, a dingo really did take Lindy and Michael Chamberlin’s baby. This seemingly preposterous event has made its mark in pop-culture as a film and more often than not as the butt of a joke. Now the tragedy and skepticism can finally be […]
Posted on 22. Mar, 2012 by Dan Ruth.
Today is World Water Day, a day that we celebrate the fact that more people than ever have access to clean, safe water. Of course, there are still many more people who face the risk of getting sick from unsafe drinking water and poor access to sanitation facilities. Here’s a look back at some of […]
Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 by Amy Burke.
If you’re active on social media, you’ve probably seen the Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video or spotted #StopKony trending on Twitter this past week. The news has been flooded with this social media experiment intended for raising awareness about the LRA in Uganda and the many, many criticisms the campaign has created. Here are this week’s stories, excavated […]
Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by Lutheran World Relief.
Originally published on Impatient Optimists, blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. My job is to learn about global health and development—and to travel to poor countries to meet farmers who can’t grow enough food, mothers who can’t keep children healthy, and heroes in the field who are doing something about those emergencies. Very […]
Posted on 06. Dec, 2011 by Dan Ruth.
Ever wonder just how poor the countries we work in are? Thanks to Google’s Public Data Explorer, now you can easily visualize complex data like the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI is an attempt to measure how well-developed a country is, based on a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard […]
Posted on 24. Oct, 2011 by Amy Burke.
When envisioning disaster response efforts in underdeveloped countries, we often imagine a brigade of American do-gooders marching across borders with shovels, blankets, and food to raise poor and disparaged natives from the rubble. When the crisis is stabilized, volunteers clean the dirt off their boots and fly home. This image both makes us proud and […]
Posted on 26. Aug, 2011 by Jenny Peterson.
Eight months ago I joined the staff at Lutheran World Relief. I had a great job already, working for another wonderful Lutheran organization. Why come? The unavoidable pull for me was LWR’s mission: Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering. […]
Posted on 14. Jun, 2011 by Lutheran World Relief.
Sao Tome and Principe is a small island-nation off the west coast of Africa. It is one of Africa’s poorest countries but, because of its small size (estimated population is 160,000), it is often overlooked by relief and development agencies. The education system in Sao Tome has been declining since 1996. The drop-out rate is […]
Posted on 10. Jun, 2011 by Krista Zimmerman.
“A little hard work never hurt anybody.” It was practically a mantra in the house where I grew up. My parents were both raised on farms and helped in the fields from an early age. They were never particularly sympathetic to my claims that I was overworked by a few household chores like making beds […]