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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

2005 - 2007

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

CLWR begins supporting fair trade, starting with MESH India.

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

1970 - 1980

1970s &1980s    
The international development community is viewed less as non-political when it becomes generally accepted that respect for human rights, democracy and good governance are prerequisites to development and not the consequence of development.

1970 - Present
Refugees from Africa are resettled in Canada.

Refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia begin arriving in Canada.

CLWR begins sponsoring refugees as an official Sponsorship Agreement Holder for the Government of Canada.