Women Farmers Can Make A Difference

Great article from our partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

A Gift of Warmth – Quilts from Saskatchewan

Martha Propp (age 94, currently residing in Yorkton, Sk)
Christ Lutheran Church, Rhein, SK
Eva Yobb (age 70, residing on family farm)
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Langenburg, SK

I wanted to write to you about how my extended family is participating in the quilt-making program.I am very proud of the effort, and even though I don’t quilt myself, I consider myself a cheerleader or a champion of the effort!

My children and I cheer each time Grandma (my mom) sends us a photo of another quilt she has completed, and we look through the distribution photos on your web-site to see if we can spot the quilts, and note how many ways in which we see this Canadian prairie effort blessing people around the globe.It makes the heart feel lighter, and is worth all the cheering!

When my Great Aunt Martha finally went to live in the nursing home, it left several generations of linens, clothing, and household items in her home. My parents sorted and cleaned all these items, donating appropriate items to women’s and homeless shelters, with my mother making quilts from the rest. Together with Rita Schultz and others in Langenburg, SK, a vast variety or items makes its way to the Winnipeg depot for bundling and distribution around the world. As a child in Sunday school, I remember putting together school kits, I have heard of another person who makes sundresses and bandages…And this is just one small prairie community!

My Mom was starting to tire of making quilts and worried about her workmanship and if her quilts were really making a difference. When I showed her the wonderful photo gallery with its many happy faces and quilts used in a variety of ways, her comment was: “Thanks, now I really want to keep ripping and sewing. I am so glad that I decided to do quilts with Martha’s stuff. Even though she doesn’t know it, I am proud to say on her behalf that is it being used for a good cause. They as a family really didn’t have much. xoxoxoxoxo Mom”

-Yolanda Yobb

I Love Being Busy!

Everyone likes to read stories of how people are being helped and lives changed as a result of supporting Canadian Lutheran World relief and its partners. Those stories are compelling and need to be told. However, in learning about those being helped we sometimes overlook the helpers.

This interview is with one of the helpers, Jennifer Adong of the LWF – Uganda, Adjumani sub-office. These hands-on workers spend long hours under difficult circumstances bringing hope to people who need hope the most. They are often a very long way from home and family for long periods of time. God bless them for all they do in our name.

Jennifer Adong, Project Officer, LWF- Uganda, Adjumani sub office – interviewed by Heather Platt, CLWR Program Manager

How did you become involved with LWF?

Jennifer Adong has been working for LWF-Uganda for four years. She first started off with the organization as a volunteer before she was promoted to a Field Extension Worker (FEW) in an LWF project in Pader, a town in Northern Uganda.   It’s very apparent that Jennifer is very thoughtful, detailed-oriented and extremely capable woman.  Not surprisingly, in 2014 she was promoted from a FEW to a Project Officer.  Fortunately for CLWR, in May 2015 she was transferred to the Adjumani sub office and was given responsibility for managing the CLWR and Global Affairs supported project.

What motivates you?

 What drives Jennifer in her work is to see those who suffer helped.  She explains that we all have a role to play in responding to humanitarian emergencies —as donors in Canada we often provide relief in the form of money. Her role as Project Officer, she explains, is to work diligently and honestly to ensure that those funds are used in a responsible way to make sure those who require assistance are helped..

What do you love about your job?

Jennifer loves being busy! This is very clear from the long hours she works at the LWF office, in addition to studying for a diploma in Project Planning and Management in nearby Gulu district on the weekends.  She loves that her work allows her to meet new faces from around the world and that she’s able to engage with different tribes and ethnic groups and learn from new experiences.  It’s clear to me, that Jennifer is a self-motivated person who is determined and dedicated to meet whatever task she’s given.  She explains that “she will work in any country of the world, in any conditions, she will adapt no matter where she is” because she is committed to helping the worlds most vulnerable.  She is very grateful to be apart of the LWF team—she speaks very highly of the management staff in Adjumani and in Kampala who are always available to offer guidance and support when needed.

 What challenges do you face in your work?

One of the biggest challenges Jennifer faces in her work is the weather in Adjumani.  Rainfall can be very erratic and this makes it different to implement some project activities as planned.  For example, the short rainy season never came this year and this made it difficult to distribute tree seedlings and to plant woodlots according to the schedule. The other challenge she faces is language barriers, as many different tribes in the settlements speak different languages.

What does she want people to know about life in the Adjumani settlements?

Often people think about the urgent need to provide life-saving services in refugee situations.  Of course, she says, this is very important.  But she says its important that people recognize that livelihoods support is just as urgently needed—“People need something to do, hands on activities so that they can be productive and not idle”.   With support from CLWR and GAC, LWF is providing agricultural inputs such as training, seeds and tools to support the livelihoods of South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani district.

Final Comments:

“We really appreciate Canada’s support and are so very grateful for your assistance!”

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CLWR Releases Ft. McMurray Wildfire Relief Guidelines

 

CLWR Emergency Fund Guidelines – Beginning May 2016

In response to the Fort McMurray Wildfire, Church groups and congregations in Alberta are invited to apply for funds for projects that will benefit the congregations and people of Fort McMurray from the CLWR Emergency Fund.

The following guidelines are intended to help in putting together an application and subsequently reporting on the project.

  1. Application Forms: The proposal and reporting forms are available from the ELCIC Synod of Alberta and the Territories (ELCIC-SAT) and the Lutheran Church-Canada Alberta British Columbia District (LCC-ABC). Completed application forms should be submitted electronically to the respective Church offices for review in partnership with CLWR. ELCIC-SAT email address is: info@albertasynod.ca and LCC-ABC email address is: info@lccabc.ca
  1. Funding Eligibility: To be eligible for funding, the implementing agency should be a registered Canadian charity and working in the vicinity of the emergency.
  1. Project Proposal: Please ensure that your proposal is submitted using the proposal form and includes the following information: project name; start and end date; project description; project objective and expected results; number of individuals and families that will benefit from the project; impact on the community; and how progress/success will be measured.
  1. Budget:

Provide an itemized list of budgeted expenses for the proposed project. Approved funds will be disbursed directly to the implementing Church groups or congregations directly by CLWR. Implementing groups will be responsible for all repo *

Reporting:

To ensure accountability to donors, CLWR needs to receive reporting on all projects funded.  This report must be submitted to CLWR within two months of completing the project. The report, including photos, should be submitted using the report template and include information on the project activities, results achieved and the number of individuals/families benefiting from the project.

Financial Reporting: The financial section of the report should list all the actual expenses pertaining to the project. Please submit copies of all receipts.

Tom Brook, Community Relations Director

 

 

 

 

 

Safe, Clean Water from you to Uganda

Adjumani district in Northern Uganda is a very hot, dry, dusty place. When civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees fled to Adjumani putting a strain on already limited water sources.

Thanks to Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and other humanitarian agencies, water coverage in the Adjumani refugee settlements is adequate, however, only about half of the host population has access to safe water.  With support from Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and Global Affairs Canada, LWF is remedying this problem by constructing four boreholes in the Adjumani district.

One of these boreholes was drilled in Rusia East Sub-Country where I met with the Water User Committee which is responsible for maintaining and operating the borehole after receiving training from LWF.

The Committee was eager to explain how the borehole has impacted their community¾ they explain that over 500 people from 102 different households are benefitting from the water the borehole provides. Each household contributes a small monthly fee to help upkeep the borehole.

Before the borehole was constructed, people had to walk over 5km to reach the nearest borehole.  Because of the far distance, most families could only fill two or three jerry cans a day.  Many children were not attending school, traveling the long distance to fetch water instead.  With the new borehole, they say, they are able to fill up to 11 jerry cans a day!  Not only does the borehole provide enough water for drinking, bathing, cleaning and cooking, but some community members are also using the run-off water to construct clay bricks which they are selling to earn additional income.

I notice lots of children hanging around the borehole and playing in the run-off water. One of the Committee member smiles at me and explains that there are two primary schools nearby and students also benefit from the clean and safe water provided by the borehole. One little girl shows me how she can pump the water all by herself- “it’s easy” she says.

In Canada, having access to water is something we often take for granted but in Adjumani, every drop is precious.  Thanks to you and the Government of Canada, water has made life a little bit easier in this rural community. “Thank you Canada!”

Heather Platt, Program Manager

Pictures by Heather Platt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A CLWR prayer for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Oh God of love, strengthen our hearts and our wills to love those who seem unlovable. Remind us that we too are not worthy of your love, and make us ever more grateful for the love of Christ. Teach us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Show us the way to loving our enemies. Guide our hearts in the midst of a world full of fear and anger. Make us instruments of your peace, and ministers of your agape love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

With thanks to Pastor Dyanna Couture of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Standard, AB.

A CLWR prayer for the fourth Sunday of Easter

 

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Prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fourth Sunday of Easter…

Oh God our shepherd, we seek your voice when we are lost and ailing. We listen intently to hear a word from you, so that we may spread that word to those who need to hear it too. As a shepherd gathers his sheep, gather us together as the body of Christ throughout the Earth, ever mindful of those who are lost amidst the wolves of this world. Arm us with a thirst for justice and peace. Send us out together to do the ministry that you would have us do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

With thanks to Pastor Dyanna Couture of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Standard, AB.