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Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.3 billion
Interesting fact: Nearly 70 percent of rural families in India depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Did you know? The percentage of poverty in India has fallen from 37.2 percent in 2004 to 21.9 percent in 2011.
Areas of Impact: Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh
Companions: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church
In rural communities across India, including in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, many people rely on farming as a primary source of food and income. But with drought and unpredictable weather patterns increasingly becoming a harsh reality, there’s a critical need to introduce new agricultural techniques and technologies to make sure that families can continue to grow the food they need to survive and support themselves. Your gifts support programs that introduce improved seeds, irrigation, rainwater harvesting and other water conservation methods, fruit-tree nurseries, livestock and more.
Areas of Impact: Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
Companions: Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Christian Medical Association of India, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh
Gender inequality when it comes to education, employment and social policies can make women and girls more vulnerable to poverty. Together, we’re responding to poverty and inequality by addressing the root causes – violence against women, unequal access to education and income, and the lack of quality health care, especially for expectant mothers and women living with HIV and AIDS. Through programs such as ones that teach gender equality; provide legal assistance to domestic abuse survivors; and teach embroidery, tailoring and entrepreneurship to help women start small businesses, your gifts make sure that women in India realize their full potential.
Population: 323 million
Interesting fact: Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world.
Did you know? The percentage of poverty in Malawi was 50.7 percent in 2011. This is only slightly down from 52.4 percent in 2004.
Areas of Impact: Karonga, Lilongwe, Madisi, Mangochi
Companion: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi
In the Mangochi District of Malawi, less than 4 percent of the population has completed primary education. The literacy rate stands at 45 percent – the lowest in the country. By starting with the basics – like early childhood education, adult literacy classes, vocational training – and adding in programs focused on leadership, life skills and entrepreneurship, your gifts are the building blocks to a much brighter future in communities in the Mangochi District and others.
Areas of Impact: Chidyamanga, Chikwawa, Dedza, Mangochi
Companions: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi
Faced with some of the highest rates of HIV, malaria and other preventable diseases, the health care needs in Malawi are great. Since rural families can be days away from the nearest health care facility, our partners have transformed four-wheel-drive vehicles into mobile clinics stocked with test kits, supplies and medicines. Special programs focus on malnutrition, maternal and neonatal care, HIV and AIDS, and malaria. Your gifts will help train local health care professionals and provide much-needed medical supplies to ensure that these programs continue to save lives.
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Population: 18 million
Interesting fact: Over 350 languages are spoken in the United States.
Did you know? In 2016, 12.7 percent of Americans were living in poverty. This is down from 13.5 percent in 2015 but still higher than before the Great Recession.
Partners: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, AMMPARO
The world is in a refugee crisis unlike anything in recent history, with the number of worldwide refugees exceeding 65 million people. When refugees and migrants arrive in the United States, they are seeking a safe place to call home. Our church is assisting refugees from places such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Somalia, Myanmar, and unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala as they find housing, start school and rebuild their lives.