WWII refugee's family continues tradition of giving
Veteran journalist John Longhurst talks to Rudy Knippelberg's widow Ruth about how his experience as a WWII refugee inspired their family to help others in need.
Joint Letter in support of Bill S-216 (on ending modern slavery)
CLWR is joining the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, The Anglican Church of Canada, and the Primate's World Relief and Developent Fund in speaking to Canadian Senators in support of Bill S-216, the Modern Slavery Act.
International Women's Day | Rasha's Story
“The most important thing is to know what you want and to have the drive and self-confidence to achieve it. As long as I know I have the power within me, I can challenge anything — any difficulty, no matter what it is.”
Crisis in Tigray: A joint letter to the Government of Canada
In February, CLWR and its fellow members of the ACT Alliance Canada Forum petitioned the Government of Canada to act with urgency on the situation in Tigray, Ethiopia.
Joint Letter on Global Vaccine Access
In February, CLWR joined mission partner ELCIC in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada, appeal for just and equitable global vaccine access.
Lebanon | Restoring hope after an unimaginable loss
This summer, you responded quickly and generously to help thousands of people in need following the devastating explosion in Beirut, including a mother and daughter who suffered an unimaginable loss.
Church support ensures safe arrivals, even during a pandemic
In a year of travel bans, social distancing and delayed processing, Lutheran churches still managed to provide a new start in Canada for dozens of refugees in 2020.
We Care | Warming hearts in Canada
2020 brought big changes to our beloved shipment program, We Care. We began to wind down international shipments in response to the challenges of COVID-19 and in pursuit of the values you’ve challenged us to uphold — responsible stewardship, humility and efficiency.
New vocational training program to help more women get specialized jobs in Palestinian Territories
With funding from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), in partnership with Lutheran World Federation Jerusalem (LWF), has begun a $10 million program to improve education, training and employment for Palestinian women in non-traditional fields.
Annual Report 2019 - 2020
It has been a difficult year for many of us — but you have inspired us deeply. As Canada is facing its battle with COVID-19, you have not forgotten those around the world who are in need of nutritious food, clean water and their basic rights. Thank you for your incredible generosity — it has been life-saving this year.
An update regarding We Care
Canadian Lutheran World Relief is committed to meeting the challenges of this moment with humility and courage. We are steadfast in our responsibility to ensure CLWR can respond with integrity, efficiency and kindness in a time of soaring global need, and to make sure Lutherans in Canada can continue a tradition of working toward justice and peace for all people. Based on those commitments, this weekend we made the difficult decision to begin phasing out We Care, CLWR’s long-standing and beloved commodity shipment program, with the intent that the program will be fully closed by the end of 2021.
COVID-19 hunger crisis
COVID-19 has quickly changed our world, and while in Canada we've had some success at flattening the curve, in other regions around the world the coronavirus is threatening not just sickness, but a food crisis not seen in many decades.
Better schools in Jordan
Thanks to your support, thousands of students in Jordan are going to school in safe, supportive environments that allow their knowledge and creativity to thrive.
Virtual Event: World Refugee Day 2020
Join us for a virtual gathering on World Refugee Day to hear about the big picture facing refugees today, meet a former refugee who is now working on the frontlines of COVID-19 in Canada, and explore how your church can continue walking with refugees in the COVID-19 era.
COVID-19: Protecting the most vulnerable in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia millions of people are displaced due to conflict. Our partners are working closely with communities and local authorities to do everything they can to prevent a widespread outbreak in temporary settlements and save lives,
International Women's Day
This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating rural women! In Ethiopia, we’re working with rural communities to make small-scale farming more sustainable — and women farmers taking the lead.
Statement of Concern: Situation in northwest Syria
As violence continues to escalate in northwest Syria, 10 Canadian aid agencies are warning that the number of people displaced could reach one million by next week unless immediate action is taken.