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In the final week of July, the Lutheran Church in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) sent a plea asking LPGM for emergency, life-saving food and basic necessities for internally displaced families around Bouar and Baboua, two of the cities where the church has a strong presence.

We’re proud to announce that we more than doubled our fundraising goal, raising more than $86,000 to help displaced families in C.A.R.!

According to a June U.N. Security Council Report, more than half the country’s population is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and protection due to violence, population displacement, surging food prices triggered by Covid-19’s impact, and declining agricultural production caused by floods.

Meanwhile, half the children are out of school, and cases of acute malnutrition among children under 5 has increased more than 16% since January.

We sent our first transfer of funds to the Lutheran Church in C.A.R. within days of our initial appeal.

Thanks to your gifts, families are being given food kits to help them through the crisis. Rice, beans, oil and spices are purchased locally in C.A.R., which allows the church to move quickly while supporting the local economy.

For several months, we have been working with the Lutheran Church in the C.A.R. to plan a new women’s literacy program, a continuation of our mission to provide access to quality education.

LPGM’s mission is focused on providing access to quality education to people on the margins — especially for women and girls. But students cannot learn when they are at risk of starvation. This acute crisis affects our shared mission: to listen, respond and bear witness to local needs and priorities.

Investing in these life-saving measures quickly, made possible by you, was the first step we could take toward providing brighter futures for these children and families.

Together, we are committed to walking alongside our neighbors, sharing the love of Christ, and praying for the day when all people have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. Thank you for being part of this loving response!

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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