Calling all Christians and people of good faith into prayer for peace in Ukraine. Photo: Sunguk Kim/Unsplash

Ukraine Crisis

Peace and support for Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has caused a humanitarian crisis, labelled a Level 3 emergency by the United Nations. Since the Russian military invasion on 24 February 2022, more than 8 million people have crossed the border from Ukraine into neighboring countries. The majority of them are women, children and elderly, as the male population of conscription age is only allowed to leave Ukraine under special circumstances. 7.1 million more have been internally displaced. 15.1 million are in need of humanitarian assistance inside and around Ukraine.

LWF is responding to the crisis directly through humanitarian programs in Poland and Ukraine, and through its local member churches in Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and the Slovak Republic. These churches are actively providing shelter, food, legal support, pastoral care and community services to refugees. LWF contributes to their work financially and through capacity building. In Poland, LWF supports refugees through six community centers with cash and psychosocial support. In Ukraine, LWF helps with reconstruction and winterization in the recently liberated district of Chernihiv, north of Kyiv. On the global level, LWF joins in worldwide advocacy for peace, and the protection of displaced and vulnerable persons. 


Partners and Networks

In the days following the Russian invasion, LWF launched an emergency appeal and has been fundraising through ACT Alliance and other partners, including UNHCR, and various LWF member churches and congregations. LWF 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.

  • ACT Alliance
  • All We Can
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)
  • The Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod
  • Christian World Service
  • Corus International / LWR
  • DAA-Austrian
  • Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
  • EC Brazil
  • ELCA
  • ELC Bavaria
  • ELC Finland
  • ELC Wurttemberg
  • FELM
  • Japan Lutheran Church
  • Kerk in Actie
  • LWR
  • M Sansanaa
  • Neighbor in Need
  • United Church of Canada
  • United Church of Christ, USA
  • World of Neighbors