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Mission

Inspired by God's love for humanity, CLWR challenges the causes and responds to the consequences of human suffering and poverty.

As a specialized agency of the Lutheran community in Canada, CLWR offers Canadians opportunities to understand and serve the needs of others.

Vision

CLWR strives for a world where people live in peace with hope, justice, dignity and equality, empowered to achieve their universal rights to quality of life and to have their basic needs met.

2011 - 2013

2011
CLWR celebrates 65 years of service, and releases a video about its history and work. CLWR's emergency appeal for the drought affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti raises over half a million dollars.

2012
Our Global Encounter to Africa in February and March took Canadian Lutherans to visit our work in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Zambia. Our Eastern Regional Office moves from Toronto to Waterloo, ON. (Our Regional Offices handle our refugee sponsorship program.) CLWR hires a youth engagement coordinator to strengthen connections with young Canadian Lutherans.

2013
CLWR's head office makes a move in late April! Our new location is 600-177 Lombard Avenue in Winnipeg.

Our first-ever Young Adult Global Encounter sent 20 young Canadian Lutherans to Peru to meet the people we are helping to build better futures!

Canadian Lutherans were generous in their support for people in need. Some highlights: the Sweater Drive for Syrian Refugee Relief brought in over 70,000 sweaters - enough to bring warmth to the majority of people in the Za'atari camp. Donations poured in to help people whose lives were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. At home in Canada, the country rallied to support Albertans affected by severe flooding in June.
 

2008 - 2010

2008
Food commodity prices rise dramatically, with wheat, corn, rice and soya roughly doubling in cost. Various causes are suggested, from rising oil prices to climate change affecting crops, rising meat and dairy consumption in a growing Asian middle class, increased use of grains in biofuel production, and loss of farmland.

2009
On July 1, CLWR relocates its international head office to Portage Place Mall in downtown Winnipeg. Warehouse operations relocate to King Edward Street in the Polo Park area of Winnipeg.

2010
January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti. CLWR's emergency appeal raises over $1.1 million.

In April, CLWR closes its Four Corners alternative trade program. CLWR continues to promote alternative and fair trade through a new alliance with Ten Thousand Villages.

Picture: Unloading relief material in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. 
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

2005 - 2007

2005
We Care Bags - CLWR CLWR adds coffee to its line of fair trade products.
The We Care program is launched, featuring yellow cloth bags from India and quilt tags that can be used for kits and quilts donated to CLWR.

2006
CLWR celebrates 60 years of service. CLWR's alternative trade organization is re-launched as Four Corners. Four Corners adds tea and chocolate to its line of Fair Trade products. Refugees arrive from Burma.

2007
Canadian Foodgrains Bank reaches one million tonnes of food supplied to the world's hungry. Projects have operated in 74 countries. CLWR's International Volunteer Service is launched, providing Canadians with opportunities to serve abroad (pictured). Refugees arrive from Africa, Central America, Asia and India, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

1991 - 2000

1991
CLWR opens a Toronto office to coordinate refugee resettlement.

1996 - 1998
CLWR embraces alternative trade, allowing Canadians to support global workers who are fairly paid for their products.
 
2000

World leaders adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration and with it the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): end extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. CLWR's benchmark goals are aligned to the MDGs.

1983 - 1989

1983
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is founded by CLWR and other Christian agencies.

1988
CLWR reaches a record level of donations totalling $6.4 million through individuals and provincial and federal grants. Programs operate in 42 countries.

1989
CLWR begins supporting fair trade, starting with MESH India.

1989
UNICEF introduces the framework for good governance, participatory development, conflict management and conflict resolution, which become recognized as essential prerequisites to sustainable development.

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