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

Community Development

Canadian Lutheran World Relief supports long-term community development programs that improve the quality of life for those struggling against poverty. The aim of community development is sustainable poverty reduction. CLWR uses benchmark goals that are aligned to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Funding for these programs comes from Lutheran churches, individual Canadians and various levels of government.

CLWR is a member of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), which has programs in many developing nations. Some of CLWR’s community development in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America are coordinated through these programs, often referred to as “country programs.”

In countries including Ethiopia, CLWR implements community development through local partners.

Watch Where We Work for updates on current projects.

Development is focused on issues including health, education, agricultural and economic development, natural resource and environmental protection, micro-finance, gender equity and institutional strengthening and advocacy with various community-based support groups.

You can find information and stories about the people we support on our blog, in our annual reports, in our Partnership newsletters, on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, and in our email news briefs.


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