The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lizard and peace in East Africa

Lutheran World Relief projects sow seeds of self-reliance

Tensions had been running high between the Masai and Luo tribes because of clashes over cattle and grazing land. But that bloodshed brought tribal elders to their senses. "They said this madness should be stopped," Paul Saiyuah told me. Saiyuah is director of the Ogwedhi Sigawa Community Development Project, an effort to maintain peace and improve living standards among the Masai and Luo near Ogwedhi and Sigawa.

U.S. Lutherans, working with Africans, make a difference. In the last five years, Lutherans — through LWR — spent $71 million in Africa. Most was for relief efforts, seeking to avert starvation in a famine, for example. But $18 million supported development work — long-term projects designed to help people help themselves. Working with 26 local African organizations, LWR today has 43 projects in 23 African countries.

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