There are 23 Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service country programs and four regional programs. Country programs must plan to phase out or localize when the organization is ready to take the next step toward independence. Localized programs remain in the LWF family as associate programs. So far, the following eight programs have localized.
Botswana: Transferred to the government in 1999 and no longer exits.
Swaziland: Became LDS Swaziland (Lutheran Development Service), a national nongovernmental organization.
Bangladesh: Renamed RDRS Bangladesh (Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service) and is a national NGO.
Peru: Renamed DIACONIA Peru, the program is a church-related NGO.
Zimbabwe: LDS Zimbabwe is a church-related NGO.
South Africa: Became the Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Africa-Development Service (LCSA-DS).
Tanzania: Became TCRS Tanzania (Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service), a church-related NGO.
Malawi: Transitioned to a local organization affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.
Cambodia and India programs are slated to localize in 2010.
Source: LWF/DWS program coordinator Rudelmar Bueno de Faria.
Mey Ny, 60, rises early each day to support her family of six. The morning is still gray when she mixes rice powder with a little sugar and water and pounds bananas flat. Coating the bananas with the milky mixture, she spoons them into a frying pan. As the cooking oil hisses and sputters, the batter expands into a crispy, golden brown shell. More moist and sweeter than scones, these popular snacks are snapped up by Mey’s neighbors, along with the khmer cakes and noodles she also has for sale.
|Mey Ny, 60, started a snack-making business with a loan from Lutheran World Federation Cambodia. |
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