We believe in a world where the poor and marginalized are not hungry or thirsty.
We believe in the innate human dignity of every person and their inherent right to achieve sustainable livelihoods and food security for their families.
With our long track record of community-based development, we relentlessly work to help communities lift themselves out of poverty in harmony with creation.
Access to food and water
Food insecurity is a consequence of poverty, displacement, and the effects of climate change.
We partner with communities to address basic needs for food and water, and to achieve sustainable development and durable incomes. In addition, we provide nutrition education, and support child and maternal health initiatives.
To promote a stable and diversified food production, we work with communities to improve soil and water conservation techniques. We provide training in animal care and husbandry practices. As we care for the environment, we build upon indigenous knowledge and materials, and promote organic methods and innovative practices.
Competition over water often contributes to increased conflict and forced migration. To increase access to water for people – as well as animals and crops – we partner with communities to create lasting solutions. We engage communities at the outset to manage water sources locally. We support the creation of local water associations to increase ownership and ensure access for vulnerable groups.
Economically sustainable livelihoods
Access to savings, credit schemes, and markets are vital to communities achieving sustainable livelihoods.
Income generating activities and credit schemes for women’s groups are a particular priority for the LWF because our experience has proven that the success of women is a multiplier effect for prosperous families and communities.
Increasingly, LWF focuses on formal and informal vocational training to help youth find lasting and valuable work.
In promoting equal access to economic opportunities, we strive to overcome barriers faced by groups marginalized or discriminated against because of race, ethnicity, disability, age or gender.
At the national level, we advocate on behalf of the poor for improved policies and frameworks on issues like land rights.
Climate change adaptation
As we advocate for climate justice at a global level, the LWF prioritizes local communities that are extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
We partner with communities to assess environmental impact and climate change risk. In addition, we integrate ecological considerations into our agricultural and emergency programs.
Climate adaptation, natural resource protection, and education are essential to our work as we partner with communities to reduce disaster risks and build sustainable livelihoods.
We are proud to support communities as they work to hold governments and external actors accountable for environmental neglect and destruction.
What We Do
We relentlessly work to help communities achieve sustainable livelihoods in harmony with creation