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Lutherans respond generously

With immediate and long-term help for Haiti ...

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti Jan. 12 had global reverberations as relief agencies scrambled to respond. But the Lutheran response was grounded in a long-term presence in Haiti.

Women line up to receive food and emergency
Women line up to receive food and emergency supplies from the Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service in Gressier, outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ELCA International Disaster Response, working through the LWF, CWS, Action by Churches Together Alliance and Lutheran World Relief, committed $1.6 million for immediate aid.
The quake's devastation was severe, affecting some 3 million people in the poverty-stricken country, with as many as 150,000 deaths and thousands injured, according to the Haitian government. The International Organization for Migration estimated that 370,000 people are living in makeshift houses with limited access to clean water and sanitation.

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