Global Encounter: one year later

03.24.2017 Global Encounter Review 2_lr

Photo provided by Isabel Hilgendag

From where I lay in my tent, I heard the chirps of the vibrantly blue-coloured birds, signaling that it was time to get up if I wanted to watch the sunrise. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined I would be lucky enough to see the sunrise and sunset in Ethiopia and to have had a wealth of new experiences between those two spectacular moments each day.


It has been a year since I travelled to Ethiopia for two weeks as a youth delegate on Canadian Lutheran World Relief‘s Global Encounter. We visited a variety of places learning about how organizations such as Support for Sustainable Development, Lutheran World Federation and Canadian Lutheran World Relief work with communities to help improve their circumstances.

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CLWR launches new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New project to provide treatment for malnourished children of internally displaced people

To help meet the nutritional needs of internally displaced people in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is launching a two-year project in April 2017.

The project aims to provide treatment for approximately 3000 children under five who are experiencing malnutrition, provide support for 12,000 family members of malnourished children, and train health care professionals in the treatment of malnutrition.

CLWR will receive $1,057,722 in funding from Canadian Foodgrains Bank for the project, which will be implemented by Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Democratic Republic of Congo.

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A prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fifth Sunday in Lent

CLWR weekly prayerGod of life, even in times of despair, even when death surrounds us, you are with us. You call us out of the tomb, you unbind us, you set us free. Help us to free others, that all may experience your life abundant. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Written by Pastor Tyler Gingrich, Assistant to the Bishop of MNO Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Winnipeg, MB

Supporting small-scale farmers in Ethiopia


Berzegen Yimam is the secretary of a watershed conservation committee and surveyor for a project in northern Ethiopia that’s helping small-scale farmers increase their food production. Photo: CLWR/M.Mutch

Berzegen Yimam is a participant in a project in northern Ethiopia that’s designed to help small-scale farmers increase their food production. Erratic rainfall, limited irrigation systems and land degradation are some of the challenges these farmers face.

Berzegen is the secretary of a watershed conservation committee in Lalibela, Ethiopia. This committee manages and maintains the irrigation systems. She’s seen firsthand the difference that investing in irrigation systems and watershed conservation makes.

“Before there was only one permanent spring in the area,” she says. “Now there are three.”

Berzegen received training to be a surveyor for the project, a role typically held by men. She’s responsible for ensuring that the water conservation structures are built level and can stop the process of soil erosion. Additionally, the watershed in her region is now producing grasses that can be harvested to feed livestock.

Your support makes it possible for women like Berzegen to increase their food production for themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you!