In all our emergency response and disaster risk reduction (DRR) work, we aim to be a compassionate, professional presence that partners with communities in their time of need.

We go beyond just providing assistance, and seek to directly engage and support communities to advocate for their own rights in the short and long-term.

Most importantly, we enable communities to care for the most vulnerable, including women, children, the disabled, and minority groups.

Building resilient communities

Through our disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency preparedness work, we build resilient communities and reduce vulnerability before disaster strikes.

This means that we partner with communities to establish risk management teams and develop early warning systems. In addition, we help with contingency planning, food security measures, and community shelters.

In addition to LWF country programs, we also support LWF member churches to develop stronger capacities in risk reduction, emergency preparedness and emergency response in areas where we have a joint presence.

Rapid response when disasters strike

LWF’s emergency operations provide food, shelter, water, and other life-saving and sustaining activities in the onset of a crisis.

We combine material aid with psychosocial support, paying particular attention to those who are most vulnerable and least able to exercise their human rights.

Through our regional emergency response hubs we focus on coordination and are able to quickly deploy additional staff to new disasters.

We partner regularly with the ACT Alliance and are proud to be a building block of its substantial capacity for complex emergency programs.

In addition, we coordinate with other humanitarian organizations at the global, national, and community levels to reduce duplication and gaps in assistance.

An integrated, long-term approach

Linking relief to development (LRRD) is integral to the way in which LWF works.

We aim to connect relief to development particularly in assistance to displaced people.

We help families to prepare to return home, integrate in the host country, or resettle to another country.

What We Do

We rapidly respond to disasters of all kinds and help communities become more resilient

Where We Work

LWF Humanitarian Response


Emergency Response Hubs