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LWF president Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa visits displaced Rohingya at the Ohn Taw Gyi South IDP camp, Rakhine state, Myanmar, in 2018. Photo: LWF/ Phyo Aung Hein
22 Oct
“Durable and peaceful solutions” needed for displaced Rohingya
Diakonia, Advocacy, IDP, internally displaced people, Rakhine Crisis, Refugees, refugee camp, humanitarian, Protection, refugees protection, Rohingya
22 Oct
The needs of displaced Rohingya need to be addressed in a more sustainable way, says Maria Immonen, director of the LWF humanitarian and development arm, LWF World Service. In her position as Vice-...
Daw Ma Saw Myint, head teacher of an LWF-run temporary Learning Space in Myanmar, experienced herself the limited opportunities for girls and women. She is trying to keep adolescent girls in school. Photo: LWF/ S. Thandar
8 Oct
COVID-19: Empower girls to determine their future
Gender, Women, girl, child, Protection, Myanmar, Kenya, South Sudan, Jordan, early marriage, Education, girls, International Day of the Girl Child
8 Oct
On International Day of the Girl, the Lutheran World Federation is raising awareness about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls in vulnerable communities. LWF is calling upon the...
Children demonstrate hand washing at Kakuma refugee camp; Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
5 Oct
COVID-19: Responding when social distancing isn’t an option
Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, WASH, Water, #withrefugees, Refugees, IDP, humanitarian
5 Oct
Unparalleled cooperation, resilience and commitment, but also an enormous challenge for field staff and the communities we serve – this is what a global health emergency has meant for humanitarian...
Rihab George, senior nurse in the outpatient unit of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, disconnects a bag of antibiotics from a child patient. The hospital offers specialized treatment to Palestinians which is not available to them elsewhere. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
LWF calls for health care without discrimination for Palestinians in Gaza
AVH, Jerusalem, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Advocacy, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
11 Sep
The LWF is again raising the alarm on the difficult health care situation for Palestinians living in the Gaza strip. LWF has signed onto a statement with, the Association of International Development...
The LWF team in Northern Iraq distributed food aid to vulnerable families in Summel District in Dohuk Governorate. To respond to #COVID19, the government has issued movement restrictions and other measures which impact on the livelihood of many families. Photo: LWF Iraq
19 Aug
World Humanitarian Day: maintaining hope, in times of crisis
Global event, Diakonia, humanitarian, refugee, Refugees, Staff, LWF staff, health, Protection, World Humanitarian Day
19 Aug
Maria Immonen, director of the LWF humanitarian agency, World Service, is very open about the effects COVID-19 had on the almost 9,000 LWF aid workers, in some of the biggest humanitarian operations...
The LWF Council votes for the Thirteenth Assembly to take place in Krakow, Poland. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
30 Jul
Call for proposals: LWF Assembly logo and visual identity
13th Assembly, logo, Identity, Governance, LWF member churches, Assembly, Communion Building
30 Jul
The LWF has put out a call for proposals to develop the Thirteenth LWF Assembly logo and visual identity. The meeting of the highest LWF decision-making body takes place in September 2023 in Krakow,...
A group of Oromo internally displaced people (IDP) move through the Burka Dare IDP site in Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
18 Jun
World Refugee Day: Every Action Counts
World Refugee Day, #withrefugees, Global event, Diakonia, Advocacy, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Refugees, refugee camp, IDP
18 Jun
Churches and faith communities need to actively support refugees. Every action counts. This is the call of Lutheran church leaders worldwide on World Refugee Day.
The two annual reports are available for download as resources on the LWF website. Montage: LWF/ S. Gallay
3 Jun
Annual Reports highlight humanitarian, development, and advocacy work
Annual Report/Report, World Service, rights-based approach, Diakonia, Women, Advocacy, Refugees, internally displaced people, IDP, Human Rights, UPR, Children's rights, child rights, humanitarian
3 Jun
The LWF has issued two annual reports highlighting its humanitarian, development and advocacy work in 2019. They complement the global LWF Annual Report 2019, which was issued in early May.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at the LWF’s Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 May
LWF General Secretary announces he will step down in 2021
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF, council, Governance
20 May
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge announced today that he will be stepping down from his position on 31 October 2021, three years before his term ends.
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
Supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and other hygiene products ready for distribution by volunteers of the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. Photo: ELCHK
16 Apr
COVID-19: Health and faith partnership to promote factual information and reduce fear
Interfaith, Theology, Lutheran theology, Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Worship, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
16 Apr
The LWF welcomes a recent guide by the World Health Organization (WHO) outlining the critical role of religious leader in disseminating accurate information, reducing fear and stigma and ensuring...
Dr Farmacist Nicolas Saliba restocks medicine at Augusta Victoria Hospital, Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Apr
COVID-19: LWF joins call for release of U.S. funding for West Bank and Gaza
coronavirus, COVID19, AVH, Augusta Victoria Hospital, health care, WS / COVID19
9 Apr
The LWF urges the government of the United States of America (USA) to "restart critical humanitarian and development programs immediately in the West Bank and Gaza." Together with other...
LWF staff in Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon. More than 90 percent of the 8,000 LWF field staff are from the countries they work in, and often part of the communities they serve. Photo: LWF/ A. Hillert
6 Apr
COVID-19: Difficult realities “becoming even more challenging”
coronavirus, COVID19, Diakonia, emergency operation, Protection, refugees protection, country programs, WS / COVID19
6 Apr
LWF WS director Maria Immonen has sent a letter to the staff in humanitarian and development operations, encouraging them during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Churches and agencies are calling on the U.S. government “to extend compassion and help to those who are in need” at this time of global pandemic. Photo: LWF/ Shaban Mortaja (Juzoor Gaza)
27 Mar
COVID-19: Churches in U.S. call for end to Middle East sanctions
Gaza, Syria, Palestine, United States, United Nations, COVID19, coronavirus, Ecumenical, Advocacy, MC/COVID19
27 Mar
In light of the growing crisis because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an ecumenical coalition of U.S. based Christian churches and agencies working in the Middle East has written to...
UN Secretary-General António Guterres during a briefing on COVID-19 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. 24 February 2020. UN Photo / Jean Marc Ferré
25 Mar
COVID-19: LWF joins global UN appeal to help the most vulnerable
COVID19, WASH, coronavirus, emergency, country programs, Children, Protection, Child Protection, refugees protection, Refugees, donate
25 Mar
The LWF together with other organizations is joining the global appeal of the United Nations (UN) for donations to respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The UN is calling for 2...
The hospital has set up a special isolation ward and is carefully screening patients and staff before admitting them to the hospital . Photo: LWF/ S. Weinbrenner
25 Mar
COVID-19: Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem makes room for emergency
AVH, Augusta Victoria Hospital, Jerusalem, Palestine, emergency, COVID19, coronavirus, WS / COVID19
25 Mar
Like hospitals around the world, the Lutheran World Federation LWF Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem has been preparing for the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The hospital...
At the river nearby the Burka Dare site for Internally Displaced People in Oromia, Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
18 Mar
COVID-19: LWF World Service calls for donations
COVID19, coronavirus, humanitarian support, Diakonia, Refugees, emergency, World Service, WASH, Protection, WS / COVID19
18 Mar
In light of the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the LWF humanitarian arm World Service is calling for donations to mitigate the effects in the communities it serves, and to protect...
Bishop Ibrahim Azar of ELCJHL and LWF Country representative Sieglinde Weinbrenner shake hands after signing the MOU. Photo: LWF Jerusalem
3 Mar
LWF Jerusalem centralizes its vocational training in Ramallah
Livelihoods, Jerusalem, AVH, Palestinian Territories, Palestine, vocational training, Youth, Gender, Education
3 Mar
The new LWF vocational training center in Ramallah, Palestine, is about to take shape: On Sunday, 1 March Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and...
A child receiving dialysis at Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem. The presence of a parent for treatment is one of the key demands of the LWF. Photo: Atta Jabr
27 Feb
LWF and partners advocate for Palestinian children’s access to health care
AVH, Palestine, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
27 Feb
Insufficient health care, limited access to specialized treatment, security checks delaying treatment or hindering the accompaniment of a parent: Palestinian children face many challenges to access...
The old city of Jerusalem. The US “Peace to prosperity” plan’s suggestion about the future situation of the capitals for Israel and Palestine is but one of the contested measures proposed. Photo: LWF/ A. Danielsson
5 Feb
LWF joins coalition to reject US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, United States, Peace, peace building, Middle East
5 Feb
LWF has signed on to a statement with a coalition of other non-government organizations, advocating against the “Peace to prosperity” plan for the Middle East which was announced by the US...
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
14 Nov
Agreement reached concerning AVH cash-flow crisis
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Advocacy, AVH, Middle East
14 Nov
Encouraging news for patients at AVH in East Jerusalem: After the recent cash flow crisis, an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority, guaranteeing regular monthly payments of NIS 18...
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Oct
Augusta Victoria Hospital board calls for immediate solution to critical financial situation
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Statement, Public Statement
29 Oct
The board of the Augusta Victoria Hospital has expressed, in a public statement issued today, its extreme concern over the crisis situation that has arisen due to the non-payment of patient fees.
Maria Immonen, director of LWF World service. Photo: LWF
19 Aug
Organizations need to promote women’s confidence
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
19 Aug
World Humanitarian Day casts a spotlight on those who work in humanitarian and development organizations, often in dangerous and challenging environments, to support victims of conflict or natural...
Amrita Rai works as a volunteer in Sanischare Refugee Camp. Photo: LWF Nepal
16 Aug
Fighting against injustice and inequality
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
16 Aug
A volunteer from Nepal shares her story on World Humanitarian Day. LWF Nepal, with support from the UNHCR has provided asylum to Bhutanese refugees since 1991, finding long-term solutions to increase...
Sarah Ewoi, with a South Sudanese refugee family at Nadapal center. Photo : LWF Kenya
15 Aug
Selfless service at the front line
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
15 Aug
Sarah Ewoi is a mother of 4, working for the Lutheran World Federation – World Service at the Nadapal Transit Centre in Kenya. For World Humanitarian day she shares what she experiences every day.
Two young men construct a house in the Beldangi Refugee Camp in southeast Nepal. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jun
Taking leadership #WithRefugees
World Refugee Day, Department for World Service, #withrefugees, refugee, Leadership, Water, shelter, psychosocial support, host communities
20 Jun
All over the world, churches are making a difference for people on the move. They provide shelter, food and water, give psychosocial support, and help to build relations with host communities. So...