The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has been working in Nepal since 1984 with refugees, hosts, displaced (IDPs) and people at risk with socioeconomic, and climate and disaster vulnerabilities. Voice and participation of the right holders have been enhanced through community-based organizations to ensure equal access to livelihoods, quality services, and protection and social cohesion.

When a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, LWF supported affected communities beyond the emergency phase with reconstruction and livelihoods activities.         

What we’re doing in Nepal

We assist vulnerable people through a variety of community-based programs. We work to build up local capacity on disaster risk management through village and district level committees. We also distribute practical supplies like rubber boats and life jackets in flood-prone areas.

The LWF provides livelihood and relief support to Tibetan settlements and Bhutanese refugees at two camps in eastern Nepal. We also respond to smaller-scale disasters like the nearly 400 fire-affected families in Saptari district in 2010.

In a long-term perspective, the LWF promotes farm-based enterprises and cooperatives. We also support youth with general skill development and lessons in starting small business.

We are continuing our financial support and collaborative efforts for evidence-based advocacy. 

The program supports mainly:

• Vulnerable communities

• Indigenous communities

• Ex-bonded labourers

• Internally Displaced People (IDPs), refugees and disaster affected populations

• Host communities


Updated: October 2019

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Funding partners include:

ACT Alliance

ACT Church of Sweden

Amity Foundation

Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS)

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)

Chaudhary Foundation

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)

Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)

Islamic Relief Worldwide



World Food Programme (WFP)

2018 LWF General Secretary visit to Nepal

Member church celebration, humanitarian and development work and interfaith relations are part of the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge’s, visit to Nepal from 13-19 September 2018.

Program highlights include his participation in the 75th anniversary celebration of the Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church, an LWF member church, and visits to the LWF humanitarian work. These include a Bhutanese refugee camp in Eastern Nepal, and a village in Kavre district, where LWF has been supporting the local population with humanitarian aid and reconstruction after the devastating earthquake in 2015.

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