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19 Jun 2009 description

Baltimore, June 19, 2009 - Lutheran World Relief (LWR) announced today a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support its emergency response to the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.

18 May 2009 description

Baltimore, May 18, 2009 - Lutheran World Relief (LWR) partners working on the ground in Sri Lanka only have three to four more days' supply of food to feed thousands of people displaced by violence between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"Our partners are struggling to provide food to the swelling numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs)," says Joanne Fairley, LWR's Regional Director for Asia and the Middle East.

Fighting escalated this past weekend in the last LTTE controlled territory, sending thousands more …

04 May 2009 description

Baltimore, May 4, 2009 - Lutheran World Relief is providing urgently needed food and clean water in response to the swelling numbers of people displaced by the worsening conflict in Sri Lanka.

Armed conflict in Sri Lanka continues to escalate between the government and the separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as government forces intensify operations to seize land under the control of the LTTE.

23 Apr 2009 description

Baltimore, April 23, 2009 - Lutheran World Relief is responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of people displaced by fighting between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Armed conflict in Sri Lanka continues to escalate as government forces intensify operations to seize land under the control of the LTTE.

28 Mar 2008 description

Baltimore, March 28, 2008 - Lutheran World Relief is providing emergency food rations to approximately 200 children under the age of 6 who have been displaced from their homes by recent torrential rains in Sri Lanka.

More than 7,000 people were forced from their homes by floods in Sri Lanka's Batticaloa region last week.

26 Dec 2007 description


Baltimore, December 26, 2007 - LWR made a ten-year strategic commitment to recovery work in the wake of the 2004 tsunami - realizing even during the immediate aftermath that recovery from a disaster of this magnitude would take years. Today, LWR staff and partners continue to accompany tsunami survivors in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka on their journey of rebuilding homes, livelihoods, and communities, and recovering hope for the future.

Nyuk Lien is one of those people. Lien, 37, lives in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and ran a successful bakery there before the tsunami.

26 Mar 2007 description

Baltimore, March 26, 2007 - Lutheran World Relief (LWR) today announced it will be providing assistance to more than 13,000 families affected by the escalation of a two-decade old armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

Since early 2006, more than 3,000 people have been killed and 200,000 have fled their homes due to fighting between the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil, who seek an independent political state.

20 Dec 2006 description

Baltimore, December 20, 2006 - It was one of the most devastating crises the world had ever seen. On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean took more than 200,000 lives and irrevocably changed hundreds of thousands more.

Now, two years later, recovery is still far from complete, but survivors continue to work hard to rebuild their lives and to find a glimmer of hope in the wake of a tragedy.

Lutheran World Relief remains hard at work in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, walking with survivors during their long journey of recovery.

21 Aug 2006 description

Baltimore, August 21, 2006 - Lutheran World Relief has contributed $50,000 to a Sri Lankan partner organization, Sarvodaya, to provide for the needs of civilians who have been forced from their homes in the north and east of the country since fighting erupted in early August between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Tamil Tigers.

27 Jul 2006 description

Baltimore, July 27, 2006 - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has provided more than $700,000 to Lutheran World Relief in support of tsunami recovery projects in Sri Lanka, one of the nations hardest hit by the 2004 natural disaster. This grant is the first installment of a $2 million pledge for LWR's tsunami response in Sri Lanka.

25 Apr 2006 description

Baltimore, April 25, 2006 - Inaugurating a housing reconstruction project in the Kallutara district of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse praised Lutheran World Relief and the other agencies involved for following through on their commitment to help rebuild after the tsunami. Many relief agencies, he said, had made promises they had not kept.

21 Dec 2005 description

Baltimore, December 21, 2005 -- On December 26, 2004, the world experienced an unprecedented natural disaster. As the one-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami approaches, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) solemnly remembers all those who died, and also celebrates the progress that has been made this year in the long-term recovery and rebuilding effort.

"When I visited the region this fall, I was pleased at what I saw," said LWR president Kathryn Wolford. "Families moving into permanent, earthquake-resistant homes. Small businesses, many of them owned by women, thriving.

12 Dec 2005 description

The day after Christmas last year, the world awakened to the devastating news of the worst natural disaster any of us had ever seen. A massive earthquake deep within the Indian Ocean had triggered a powerful tsunami, a wave that swept away houses, schools, government buildings, and people -- more than 200,000 of them. Approximately 1.5 million people were left homeless.

14 Oct 2005 description

Baltimore, October 14, 2005 - Lutheran World Relief (LWR) today announced a $2 million grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to support LWR's rehabilitation and recovery work in Sri Lanka, one of the countries hardest hit by the December 2004 tsunami.

LWR President Kathryn Wolford thanked the ELCA for their generous commitment to LWR's post-tsunami work. "We are incredibly grateful for the ELCA's commitment to our response in South and Southeast Asia.

30 Jun 2005 description

Baltimore , MD , June 30, 2005 -- Six months have passed since the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that took more than 200,000 lives, a tragedy that, as former president Bill Clinton recently noted, "touched the chord of our common humanity." During those six months, Lutheran World Relief supporters have shown their compassion and generosity by donating an unprecedented $18 million to our Wave of Giving™ campaign to help South Asia rebuild and recover.

31 May 2005 description

Baltimore, MD, May 31, 2005 -- The devastation was shocking, the loss of life overwhelming. Governments and aid agencies from around the world responded quickly and generously, with money, food, medicine, and other much-needed resources.

25 Feb 2005 description

Baltimore , February 25, 2005 -- The tsunami that struck across the rim of the Indian Ocean last December killed more than 150,000 people, devastated communities and left countless vulnerable. The sheer scope of the destruction and death is astonishing, and the rebuilding task formidable.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) began its response immediately following the disaster, and since has been working at maximum capacity to mobilize resources, connect with partners in the affected areas, and get help quickly and efficiently to those communities hardest hit.

27 Jan 2005 description

Baltimore, January 27, 2005 - The furious work being undertaken by international relief and development organizations committed to the long-term rebuilding efforts needed in South Asia is happening, in large part, behind the scenes. "We're working with local organizations in the affected countries to put systems in place that will guide our work, and, more importantly, enable us to efficiently monitor it over the long term," comments Kathryn Wolford, president of Lutheran World Relief (LWR).

21 Jan 2005 description


Baltimore, January 21, 2005 -- Short-term efforts to provide relief and account for missing persons are giving way to long-term planning to rebuild in South Asia.