Reflections from Outgoing Board Chair: My LWR Journey

Dr. Gloria Edwards joined the LWR Board of Directors in 2006, and was elected chair in 2013. She completed her service in February 2016. In May, she was presented with the LWR Champion Award, a recognition of exemplary service and partnership with the organization. It’s fun to look up definitions.  It helps me understand my surroundings and […]

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Sowing Hope in Kenya

In the villages around Kambu in eastern Kenya, farmers look to the heavens with brows furrowed with concern. April marks the shorter of two rainy seasons that are critical to these farmers who depend on these showers to water their crops in one of the driest regions in Kenya. There are white, puffy clouds in […]

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LWR at the First World Humanitarian Summit: Committing to a More Effective Crisis Response

Lutheran World Relief president & CEO Ambassador Daniel Speckhard is participating in the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, a high-level assembly called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to address the increasing number of international crises, including war, natural disasters and climate change that are forcing than more than 60 million people from their homes. At […]

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Ugandan Farmers put Savings in a Digital Wallet

In the Mpigi region of southwestern Uganda, village savings and lending groups conduct business much as they do elsewhere. They meet regularly, members deposit their contributions to their savings accounts and take out small loans. At the end of the saving cycle, they also receive a payout from the collective interest and fees collected. The only […]

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Don’t Close Dadaab: World’s Largest Refugee Camp Under Threat

At Lutheran World Relief, we are extremely concerned about the news that the Kenyan government will close the Dadaab refugee camp by May 2017, and will seek to repatriate the mostly Somali refugees who live there. LWR, working with our partner, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Department for World Service, provides ongoing assistance to refugees […]

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Make a Lasting Impact

Don’t panic but…Mother’s Day is this Sunday (yes, this Sunday!), May 8. If you’re still looking for a gift, don’t worry…there’s still time to get meaningful gifts that show all the moms in your life how thankful you are for their love, care and support. In the spirit of the holiday, here are three gifts you […]

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From Peru, With Thanks

Here at LWR headquarters in Baltimore, we occasionally get a visit from our partner staff from the field and when they do very often we’ll have a “brownbag” information session during lunchtime. For those of us who work mostly out of our Baltimore offices this is a real treat and a chance to connect our […]

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The Everest-Sized Challenge of Recovery in Nepal

Featured Image: Mount Everest, by Gunther Hagleitner, Creative Commons Attribution License, on Flickr.com. As I sat in the restaurant of a hotel in Kathmandu, I noticed a large expedition team preparing to depart for Mount Everest. As they went over their plans for the trek to base camp, I couldn’t help but think about what […]

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LWR & the Global Goals: Climate Change

Your support of Lutheran World Relief contributes to the larger work of creating sustainable solutions to poverty around the world. This blog series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seeks to answer two questions: What are the sustainable development goals? And how does your support of Lutheran World Relief contribute to them? What are the […]

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Got 5 minutes? You can lift a farmer out of poverty!

No matter what the news tells us, we are making progress in the fight against global poverty. But here’s the truly amazing part: many of us are doing it one small step, one small act at a time! One way you do this with Lutheran World Relief is by investing in livelihoods of small-scale farmers, who […]

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