Peace and Support for Ukraine

LWF is responding to the Ukraine crisis through a four-pronged approach, combining targeted humanitarian support with global advocacy, prayer and capacity building of its member churches in the region. LWF has established a regional coordination hub to scale up emergency and longer-term support to refugees who have crossed borders into Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, as well as those who have fled the fighting but remain internally displaced inside Ukraine. Unaccompanied children, women and girls, people with disabilities and the elderly are the most affected and at-risk populations.

All LWF’s work will be carried out in close coordination with member churches and their agencies in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, which are deeply rooted and trusted by the affected communities. They are therefore uniquely placed to provide quality care, mobilize support, and ensure social cohesion that is sensitive to both the religious and cultural context.

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Humanitarian support
Building on its expertise in disaster relief work in different parts of the globe, LWF is working with international and local partners to identify high priority needs of the refugees and vulnerable host communities. These include shelter, food, pastoral care, mental health and psychosocial support and protection.
Advocacy for peace
At a global level, LWF is advocating to ensure that the needs and rights of refugees and vulnerable host communities are addressed through policies and practices promoting justice, peace, and dignity for all. This includes engagement with the UN and other international agencies, as well as amplifying the voice of local advocacy actions by churches in the region. LWF is also advocating for peace and calling for a ceasefire.
Capacity building in member churches
Local clergy and church leaders are being equipped to understand and respond to requests for pastoral care and counselling from those experiencing grief and trauma. LWF is seeking to strengthen that response where necessary, through training, personnel, pastoral care and referral for expertise, as well as the development of theological resources for both adults and children
Prayer and solidarity
Since the start of the war, LWF is organizing global and local prayer initiatives, as well as raising awareness about the need to stand in solidarity with those affected by the fighting.

As of the end of March, almost 4 million people, mainly women and children had fled from Ukraine, with over half of them seeking refuge in Poland. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that a further 6.7 million people may also be displaced inside Ukraine over the next three months and need humanitarian assistance.

Partners

In the days following the Russian invasion, LWF launched an emergency appeal and has been fundraising through ACT Alliance and other partners, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to provide an initial two year, 20 million Euro response. It has also set up a Ukraine Crisis Church Response fund through which churches, dioceses, parishes, and Christian institutions can apply for support to local initiatives assisting refugees and host communities.

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Title Date Type Language
LWF Statement – Welcome all affected by the war in Ukraine 4 March 2022 EN
Prayer for Peace in Ukraine 2 March 2022 EN
Ukraine – Statement from the Lutheran World Federation 25 February 2022 EN