Advent Calendar

Many folks appreciate Advent calendars to help celebrate the Advent season and prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas-especially young children, and young-at-heart adults! 🙂 There are a wide array of Advent calendars available, many of which are online and some free of charge.

My favourite online Advent calendar is free of charge, and available at the Canadian Lutheran World Relief website. The main reason I highly recommend this Advent calendar is because it succeeds in making the linkage between the world’s poor and the variety of ways in which CLWR works to make a difference to their quality of life, as well as promoting education, justice and peace, thanks to CLWR’s supporters, encouraging supporters by reminding them that they are in solidarity with the poor and are making a difference through the various CLWR projects around the globe.

Click on the following link to access the CLWR Advent Calendar.

Advent-tide blessings to one and all.

Today is International Women’s Day

[Although women have made many strides toward gender equality, there is still a ways to go. For example, here in Canada, women still only earn about 70 to 85 cents of every dollar that men earn for the same work. Teenage females are stressed out by and worry about violence in school, which also can contribute to mental and physical health conditions for these female teens, which lead to high admission rates in hospitals.  In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’ve posted information here from our Alberta & the Territories ELCIC Social Justice Newsletter – South Alberta.  -Dimlamp]

Meet Doris Rodriguez and Judith Tembo Zulu (virtually) for International Women’s Day

CLWR is happy to mark International Women’s Day, on March 8. Gender equality is a “cross-cutting theme” in CLWR’s development programming, which means that efforts are made to include men and women equally in all our projects. Below, please meet two women who have benefitted from this work. Please share their stories!

 Doris Rodriguez trains her community in Peru on how to properly raise guinea pigs, using her farm as an example. She and her husband Rolando work together on raising their livestock, challenging stereotypes about “women’s” and “men’s” work.  (video)

 When CLWR’s partner Lutheran World Federation came to Malata, Zambia, Judith Tembo Zulu received training in leadership, literacy and gender equality. She was elected to lead the village’s Strategic Action Group, a grassroots committee responsible for managing development initiatives in the village. She ran for public office and now serves as an area councillor for the Mkaika Ward in Katete District. (blog)

East AfricaFamine

In the spirit of Matthew chapter twenty-five, Canadian Lutheran World Relief is working hard to meet needs of desperate refugees fromSomalia. You can read about and donate to their emergency appeal forEast Africadrought victims here

   CLWR has been working in African countries, offering sustainability and self-sufficiency projects, which you can read about here.

   You can read about the work of the Lutheran World Federation’s centre of emergency response to refugees from Somalia here.