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LWF country representative Sophie Gebreyes and EECMY-DASSC staff Desta Hadera (right) meet Eritrean refugees in an EECMY church in Mekelle. Photo: LWF/C. Masanga
12 Feb
Ethiopia: Stories of flight and loss from Tigray
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, Diakonia, Violence, IDP, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response, LWF member churches, Member Churches
12 Feb
From everyday life into chaos: For the people affected by the recent conflict in Ethiopia, life as they knew it ended abruptly with the military offensive in the Tigray region. Even before, many had...
A man at a water harvesting system in Seharti Samre, Tigray. Photo: Hilina Abebe/Norwegian Church Aid (2013)
1 Feb
Ethiopia: LWF responds to Tigray conflict
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency
1 Feb
The LWF Ethiopia program has begun to respond to Ethiopia's Tigray region's humanitarian needs. Following a joint assessment visit to the Southern Tigray and Mekelle area, led by the UNOCHA...
Showkat and her sister, who takes care of her most of the time. All photos: LWF/ S. Thandar
22 Jan
Myanmar: Education for students with special needs
quality services, refugees protection, Protection, Education, Diakonia, Rakhine Crisis, Rohingya, IDP, internally displaced people, refugee camp, disability, Child Protection
22 Jan
Going to school is difficult for the about 30,000 internally displaced Rohingya children in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Even more, if the child is living with a disability: Teachers lack special...
29-year-old Jihad Albaba, from the Am'ari Camp, repairs the wifi functionality of a mobile phone in a small shop in Ramallah, after graduating from studies in Telecommunication at the LWF vocational training center in Ramallah. The GRIT project aims to increase the number of Palestinian women in technical and other non-traditional professions, which often offer better paid jobs. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jan
LWF project opens new doors for Palestinian women
refugees protection, Protection, Livelihoods, Diakonia, Women, LWF Jerusalem, Palestine, vocational training, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), CLWR
12 Jan
Increase women’s employment in the Palestinian Territories, and improve their access to technical and vocational training programs: A project in the LWF Jerusalem program seeks to empower Palestinian...
The LWF World Service Central America team, performing a hymn in the main office in San Salvador. Photo: LWF Central America
22 Dec
Singing and Dancing for Christmas 
Central America, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, LWF World Service, refugee, Staff, IDP, refugee camp
22 Dec
Singing and dancing together, despite challenging circumstances: With messages of hope, LWF World Service country programs have contributed to this year's LWF advent hymns campaign...
Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar IDP camp receive a distribution of WASH kits by LWF's local partner. Photo: LWF/ B. Khanal
15 Dec
Partners for peace and humanitarian aid in Myanmar
quality services, Protection, Human Rights, Diakonia, Women, Rohingya, WASH, Education, Advocacy
15 Dec
The LWF provided a testimony on the status of human rights in Myanmar in front of the Canadian’s House of Commons’ Subcommittee on International Human Rights, which held a session focusing on of...
A woman washes her children’s hands in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
7 Dec
Kenya: COVID-19 has secondary effects on women and children refugees
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, refugees protection, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, host communities, Gender, Women, sgbv, Education, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19
7 Dec
An increased workload for women, more violence against women and children, and neglect of people living with disabilities: these are the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender for refugees...
Landscape in Amhara province, the state bordering Tigray, Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Dec
Churches express deep solidarity with Ethiopia
Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Ethiopia, EECMY, ecumenism, ecumenical relations, WCC, ACT Alliance, Methodist, Anglican, Reformed, IDP, emergency, humanitarian, Peace
4 Dec
Ecumenical organizations have sent a pastoral letter of solidarity to the churches and people of Ethiopia, expressing commitment to accompany them as they address multiple challenges and crises.
LWF staff take part in house-to-house sensitization around gender-based violence in Kyangwali refugee settlement in western Uganda Photo: LWF/Uganda
26 Nov
Shadow Pandemic: educate and legislate to end sexual violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Ecumenical, interf, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, Gender Justice
26 Nov
To prevent violence against women and girls, we need “to tackle deep rooted cultural and religious beliefs” at community level, at the same time as strengthening legislation and support for survivors...
Mr. Yagya briefs the local community about the LWF COVID-19 response during a handover of medical equipment at the hospital in Morang, Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
3 Nov
Strengthen those who have been hit hardest
Livelihoods, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Diakonia, country programs, emergency response, vocational training, IDP, internally displaced people, emergency, Refugees
3 Nov
A choice between contracting a potentially fatal virus and having nothing to eat: The COVID-19 pandemic means many communities LWF serves are faced with impossible choices. While governments...
A herd of camels is trying to find its way through an invasion of locust in Ethiopia, Jijiga, December 2019. Photo: FAO/Petterik Wiggers
30 Oct
Aid organizations call for prevention before next locust swarm
Livelihoods, Diakonia, emergency response, emergency, Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, livelihood, disasters
30 Oct
The LWF together with other partners working in the East and Horn of Africa region is calling for anticipatory measures to fortify communities against the next locust plague. In a statement by the...
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-...
ALWS staff visit a community in Jonglei, South Sudan, in January 2020. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
21 Oct
70 years of “bringing love to life”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, quality services, Protection, Refugees, refugees protection, IDP, internally displaced people, Australian Lutheran World Relief, refugee settlements, LWF member churches
21 Oct
The Lutheran World Federation congratulates its related agency, the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS), on their 70th anniversary.
Students enjoy the multi-purpose-room at Othman Bin Affan Primary School for Boys in Zarqa. Photos: LWF/ A. Alsamra
16 Oct
Jordan: Giving hope to a “lost generation”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, livelihood, quality services, Protection, Syria, Education, Refugees, conflict, host community
16 Oct
Teacher trainings, school improvement projects, school kits, vocational training and counselling for out-of-school youth - thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugee students, as well as Jordanian...
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...
Women at a hand pump in Panyagor. The extremely poor sanitation conditions are exposing people to waterborne diseases at a time when they are also battling COVID-19 . All photos: LWF/ B. Germamo
30 Sep
LWF supports flooded communities in South Sudan
Diakonia, Livelihoods, livelihood, quality services, Protection, Jonglei, emergency, floods, WASH, natural disaster, Risk Management
30 Sep
The LWF is urgently calling for support to people affected by the flooding in South Sudan. Unusually heavy rains have caused the Nile to rise and created flood emergencies all along the river and the...
An activist against sexual violence in conflict speaks up during an LWF event together with the Mukwege foundation in November 2019. LWF is working with the Mukwege foundation and SEMA, a global network of survivors to end wartime sexual violence in 21 countries. Photo: LWF/ L. Gillabert
28 Sep
Human Rights Council: Concern about sexual violence in South Sudan
Statement, Women, Advocacy, Human Rights, human rights council, Violence, gender-based violence, sgbv, Protection, Gender Justice
28 Sep
The LWF has expressed “deep concern” about the high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan.
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 is adding its voice to a statement calling for an end to the decade-long conflict in Syria and support for all those displaced by the violence Photo: LWF/R. Schlott
25 Jun
LWF joins call to conference on ending Syria conflict
Interfaith, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Za'atari Refugee Camp
25 Jun
The LWF has signed onto a statement from the ACT Alliance on behalf of its members in Syria and the surrounding countries. The statement is calling for a “transformative conference” to support just...
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.
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
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...
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).
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...