In Mali, the ELCA engages in ministry ecumenically. Lutheran churches have a long tradition of working together in mission. This ecumenical collaboration means:
- less duplication of effort and costs
- more access to operational, on-the-ground expertise
- access to places where there are few or no Lutherans
- stronger, more effective ministry.
In Mali, the ELCA works with Lutheran World Relief . A ministry of the ELCA, LWR is a U.S.-based agency that works with community-based partners in 50 countries. ELCA World Hunger
funds help support LWR's work there to alleviate the food and HIV/AIDS crises and:
To create sustainable rural livelihoods by:
- Training community members in soil conservation, proper maintenance, and crop diversification (to include rice, beans, and nontraditional crops such as shallots and sesame) to increase food production and improve nutrition;
- Providing access to safe drinking water through the construction of wells and other improved water sources;
- Creating income-generating opportunities through microcredit programs and the establishment of markets where farmers can sell their produce for profit.
To build peace and justice by:
- Empowering local communities through the creation of literacy centers and training in conflict management and advocacy.
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