Your support is helping CLWR improve living conditions, provide psychosocial support and build social cohesion for internally displaced persons and their host communities
A message from Robert Granke, CLWR’s Executive Director
A refugee woman from Mosul carries donations she received in Dibaga camp, Makhmur, Iraq. Photo: LWF/Seivan M.Salim
In northern Iraq, a massive humanitarian crisis looms as the ongoing battle to liberate the city of Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is posed to escalate an already desperate situation. The United Nations and the humanitarian community are preparing for the possibility that up to one million girls, boys, women and men may flee Mosul for safer areas. This mass exodus would place an unprecedented demand on an already overburdened humanitarian network. Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq with a current population of approximately 1.5 million. About half a million people are estimated to have already fled the city.
Canadian Lutheran World relief was pleased to support, in part, Rev. Daryl Solie’s trip with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to visit small holding farm programs in Kenya. While none of the programs were part of CLWR’s food security programming they were similar to the kinds of projects CLWR supports with CFGB and other partners in Ethiopia.
Jane Wanjiku harvests sweet potatoes. Photo: Canadian Foodgrains Bank/E.Cain
We all know there are times when a seemingly small thing can make a significant difference in our lives. For example, small changes like putting wheels on suitcases or a bit of adhesive on sticky notes have improved the way we tote luggage or keep track of our to-do lists. Also, small gestures of kindness and compassion, given at the right time, can serve to encourage us, help us deal with a difficult situation or, at the very least, brighten our day.
CLWR has joined with over 30 organizations to encourage Canada to make small-scale farming central to its development program. The Aid for Agriculture coalition recommends that Canada make a signature investment of $2.5 billion over five years to support sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation for small-scale farmers, especially women.
Imagine welcoming 8,200 refugees in a day: those fleeing South Sudan need our help
Last year, Canadians were justly proud of the fact that our country decided to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees in just a few months. Last month, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in just three weeks, it processed 37,491 refugees from South Sudan who were fleeing to neighbouring Uganda—8,200 arrived in a single day.
With the Thanksgiving season approaching, The Epiphany Lutheran Quilters in Winnipeg, MB, would like to share with you the many blessings we have experienced since our inception nearly a year ago. Our aim was to produce much-needed quilts for refugees across the world. To date, our small group of four to 10 ladies who meet two evenings a month, have produced 122 quilts.