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Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Categories: Mission

Inspired by God’s love for humanity, Canadian Lutheran World Relief challenges the causes and responds to the consequences of human suffering and poverty.

As a specialized agency of the Lutheran community in Canada, CLWR offers Canadians opportunities to understand and serve the needs of others.

CLWR strives for a world where people live in peace with hope, justice, dignity, and equality, empowered to achieve their universal rights to quality of life and to have their basic needs met.

Community Development
Canadian Lutheran World Relief supports long-term community development programs that improve the quality of life for those struggling against poverty.  The aim of community development is sustainable poverty reduction.  CLWR uses benchmark goals that are aligned to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Funding for these programs comes from Lutheran churches, individual Canadians, and various levels of government.

Emergency Relief

Floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and other natural disasters are always happening around the world. When a disaster hits a large population, the results can be devastating. Wide-spread conflict and war are disasters of human origin. Canadian Lutheran World Relief enables Canadians to help quickly in these situations by channeling donations to partners on the ground in affected areas.  This helps meet people’s needs in the short-term, by providing food, water, shelter, and hygiene kits.  In the long-term, people are supported as they strengthen their livelihoods and prepare for furture disasters that may occur.

CLWR is a founding member of ACT Alliance, which is an ecumenical disaster response network. Through its comprehensive membership ACT Alliance makes it possible for Canadians to support relief efforts through CLWR for almost any large-scale emergency in the world. Local partners provide information updates and implement response measures with the resources provided by ACT Alliance members.

We Care

Since 1946, CLWR has made humanitarian relief shipments to those in need around the world.

Through the dedication of churches, service groups, and individuals of all ages the We Care program continues to ship thousands of quilts, kits, and other much-needed supplies every year.  These tremendous gifts provide basic necessities to those living in adverse conditions, like refugee camps and poverty-stressed regions, and in the wake of natural disasters.

Where We Work

Jordan: Improved Learning Environments for Children in Irbid Governorate (ILEC)
Iraq: Emergency and Resilience-Building Assistance to Internally Displaced Iraqis
Ethiopia: Lalibela Food Security
Demale: Small-scale Irrigation-based Development Project
Uganda: Empowering Youth in Adjumani District: A Solutions-oriented Approach
Nicaragua: Christian Children’s Education in Chinandega
Phillipines: Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance
Palestinian territories: Lutheran World Federation-Vocational Training Program, Augusta Victoria Hospital
Canada: Fort McMurray Wildfires

Did you know:

On November 1, 2017, the final shipment of the fiscal year departed the Winnipeg warehouse. A 40-foot container was loaded by staff and volunteers to support Hope for Angola, located in Luanda. The shipment consisted of 7,960 quilts and baby blankets, 1729 baby bundles, 745 learning and living kits, 775 sundresses and over 2000 toys! A total of over $145,000 dollars of aid. The shipment will support a large number of refugees living in the country. The items included will support the elderly living in nursing homes, children living in orphanages, hospital clinics, young mothers, men and women.

Goals for Kids!

CLWR invites you to help us send 500 soccer balls overseas this year. New and gently used soccer balls can be shipped to or dropped off at our Winnipeg Warehouse (549 King Edward Street). Please deflate the soccer balls and include a pump for every 10 balls. These can be marked in the “Other” category on our CLWR shipping label. These soccer balls will support programs in countries such as Mauritania, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Liberia, Angola, among many others! To learn more, email wecare@clwr.mb.ca.

For more information on this and other work done by Canadian Lutheran World Relief, check out http://www.clwr.org/What-We-Do/.

Author: Ginny Scarfino