An agency acting on behalf of U.S. Lutherans, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod launched a website today entirely dedicated to information about its relief and rebuilding efforts in South Asias tsunami-devastated regions.
Luther World Relief (LWR), which works with partners in 50 countries, launched www.waveofgiving.org to provide a way for those who helped in the immediate response to remain connected to its efforts as LWR moves forward from the immediate relief phase into our longer-term programming.
Since LWR began its response immediately following the disaster, the agency has been working at maximum capacity to mobilize resources, connect with partners in the affected areas, and get help quickly and efficiently to those communities hardest hit. The agency is also in the process of developing a long-term 10-year strategy for reconstruction, rehabilitation and risk management across the region.
As a part of its response LWR launched the WAVE OF GIVING campaign to fund rebuilding efforts in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, which has received phenomenal response. This unprecedented disaster was followed by an equally unprecedented outpouring of compassion from LWR friends and supporters and many people who are new to LWR, the agency reported. Since its launch, the campaign has generated $11.4 million.
But more than money, we have been astounded by the deep interest and concern of so many individuals and communities across the country, who have contributed to the campaign, LWR reported.
According to the agency, the newly launched website provides a unique opportunity for LWR and for its supporters. For the first time our supporters will be able to accompany LWR in real time over the next 10 years as we work with partners from the early stages of relief, then as we deepen our relationships and begin more substantial recovery efforts, and later as the partnerships strengthen and we help them with technical assistance, risk management training and other capacity building effortsefforts to help prepare the communities to better withstand disasters in the future.
The website is a resource for up-to-date information about the situation on the ground and about our continuing efforts, as well as a way for supporters to see the valuable work their contribution has funded. Special features of the site include a travel journal featuring reports and photos issued directly "from the field" by LWR staff. The site will also keep visitors connected to LWR's ongoing work around the world with numerous links back to Lutheran World Relief's main website, www.lwr.org.
Since its founding in 1945, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has been responding to emergencies and disasters through partners and global relief and development networks, working in 50 countries to provide not only relief but to combat the causes of poverty and restore the dignity it robs from people's lives.
LWR is supported by the ELCA World Hunger Appeal, LCMS World Relief, individuals and parish groups.