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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.


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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