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Supporting people affected by Ebola, and more news

February 2015

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“Education is key, and these youth want to use it.”


Yasmin’s family was struggling with the loss of her father and the financial hardships that followed. She knew she had to step in and help support her family, but she didn’t have the money or the time needed to complete a university degree. She needed training that was affordable, short-term and would guarantee her a job. She found it through the Vocational Training Program, a vital Lutheran ministry in East Jerusalem that’s changing lives.

Your support for job training is empowering young adults like Yasmin. Graduates are making a better life for themselves and their families, and having a positive impact on their communities. Meet five of these young adults by clicking here

Photo: Yasmin now works as a secretary at United Motor Trade. M. Brown/LWF Jerusalem


Supporting those affected by Ebola


We are pleased to announce our first We Care humanitarian shipment of 2015 will be headed to Liberia to help people affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Our partner in Liberia, the Lutheran Development Service

, played a front-line role, working in partnership with local hospitals and community leaders to contain the outbreak. (Read more here.

) Now, donations in this shipment will support families as they rebuild their lives.But we need your help. We are introducing a new giving option for CLWR supporters: the We Care Quick Kit

. With every $15 donation, a Learning and Living Kit

for a child will be assembled at our warehouse and included in this shipment or a future one. Click here

to learn more and make a gift today


Photo: Hygiene materials for Ebola prevention are distributed by CLWR’s fellow ACT Alliance


member FinnChurchAid. Children also receive a hand-washing demonstration. ACT/FinnChurchAid 

Worship resource available now: Earth Day 2015

Earth Day points us back to the Creator in our work and worship. The covenant we have with God to protect the earth, soil, and water is connected to our responsibility to those around the world who don’t have enough to eat. The resources in this Creation Covenant package

will call your church into a time of praise and thanksgiving, and also invite your worshipping community to respond with ways to be good stewards of the earth.Many thanks to Canadian Foodgrains Bank

for spearheading this worship resource. You can download it by clicking HERE

. Earth Day is April 22

VIDEO: Sights, sounds and voices from the Kakuma Refugee Camp


Students and teachers in refugee camps face significant challenges. But an education offers hope for a healthy future with job opportunities, especially when students leave the camp.

And, as headmaster Simon Puot says, it is a way of working towards peace.

Please enjoy this short video featuring footage and interviews from Kakuma:

. The video was created in support of education for students in refugee camps


Welcome to Patricia!

Join us in welcoming Patricia Maruschak, CLWR’s new Program Director! Patricia is managing our humanitarian, international and refugee programs, as well as our public policy program, and needless to say she’s already hard at work! She has extensive experience in program development and management, project monitoring, and evaluations, having previously worked with the Canadian International Development Agency in Partnerships with Canadians and Geographic Branches, The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank (based in Kyiv, Ukraine) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education.


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