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Noali Timbende

How Far Out is “the Future”? Different Perspectives from Burkina Faso

Posted on 20. May, 2014 by .

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When you read the word “future,” what comes to mind? 10 years? 20 years? 50 years? While visiting with women in Burkina Faso last week, I gained a new perspective about how different people view that word. I met with women in the village of Piaga, a village of approximately 1,239 people in a country […]

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Why We Continue the Complicated, Messy, Slow Work in Gender

Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 by .

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak about LWR in front of an audience of other non-governmental organization (NGO) workers at the United Nations. It was part of an event at the fifty-eighth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. I was invited to talk about LWR’s Learning for Gender […]

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Empowering Communities in India to Overcome Poverty — One Woman at a Time

Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 by .

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Originally posted at the Huffington Post… This International Women’s Day, I want to recognize the women of rural India who are fighting to pull their communities out of poverty — one woman at a time. Women have the power to pull communities out of poverty. During the past year, I have met countless women who […]

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In Niger, I’m Reminded to Give Thanks

Posted on 19. Sep, 2013 by .

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Some people (my husband among them) think God speaks to us in the thunder and lightening of storms. I pooh-poohed the notion until a recent night in Niger, when I heard the loudest, most majestic storm ever. I didn’t time it, but it seemed to go on for nearly an hour (my colleagues the next […]

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Why Invest in Women?

Posted on 14. Aug, 2013 by .

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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 […]

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10 Facts about Clean Cookstoves

Posted on 20. Jun, 2013 by .

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Last week, CNN highlighted Nancy Hughes, the founder of StoveTeam International, the organization who makes clean burning Ecocina stoves, as one of their CNN Heroes.  Last October, we wrote about distributing dozens of these stoves in El Salvador as part of our “Building Resilience” project. Inspired by CNN Hero Nancy Hughes, here are ten facts […]

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We Thank God for All That is Given

Posted on 29. May, 2013 by .

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“Open the gift! Open the gift!” sang members of the Usa River Lutheran Parish. This weekend they presented their visitors—three Lutheran World Relief staff and former Lutheran Women’s Missionary League President Jan Wendorf—gifts of beautiful kanga cloth. The pastor told them the gift was to help them remember their time with Usa River, something they’re […]

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