Canadian Foodgrains Bank celebrates 30 years
Thirty years ago, a unique and amazing effort was launched to help end global hunger – and Lutherans in Canada were there. In 1983 CLWR was one of the founding members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end world hunger. Since its founding, CFGB has provided over 1.1 million tonnes of food and seeds worth over $682 million to millions of people in 78 countries. At the same time, it has grown to become one of Canada’s leading food assistance organizations.
It’s a story of how Christians across Canada have come together to follow the Bible’s call to share food with those who are hungry—a spirit of generosity that has enabled CLWR to help hundreds of thousands of people around the world who don’t have enough to eat.
Watch our website at clwr.org and your mailboxes in the coming weeks for a special anniversary appeal to End Hunger. Learn more about CFGB’s 30th anniversary at this link: bit.ly/CFGB30years.
Photo: Alimon Banda and Vestina Zulu increase cassava production on their farm in rural Zambia, with the help of Lutheran World Federation Zambia and CLWR. Photo courtesy of Rural Community Development & Empowerment (RCDE).
Time is running out!
Apply today and experience Peru with CLWR
Calling all 18 to 35-year-old Canadian Lutherans: this is an opportunity to see some amazing work happening in Peru! In May 2013, CLWR will take a group of young adults to Peru to experience its unique culture and see first-hand the development and environmental projects it supports on behalf of Lutherans in Canada. Applications are due January 28. For more information or to apply, go to bit.ly/YAGEclwr.
Photo: Valeria Caqui is assisted by Diaconia, one of CLWR’s Peruvian partners, in diversifying her crops. Photo courtesy of Diaconia.
Speaking of Peru…
Watch a video on our work with Peruvian farmers
One of our Peruvian partners, Diaconia, has released a video about their work, which CLWR proudly supports. There are some great stories in it! The video profiles farmers as they learn to increase food production through sustainable, organic methods. Community trainer farmers are taught these agricultural techniques which they then pass on to their communities. They are also taught about gender equality, and how men and women can work together harmoniously, which has reduced domestic violence. The final segment of the video profiles an environmental protection group that promotes sustainable practices in the Casma River Basin. The video is available in full on our YouTube channel or in approximately 2-4 minute chapters at bit.ly/PERUclwr. Feel free to share with your congregation or youth group, and leave comments on the video’s page with your thoughts.