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South Sudanese refugee, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, runs the 800-metres for the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016. Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau
8 Apr
Refugees journey to the Olympic Games
quality services, country programs, Refugees, Olympics 2016, Protection, disability, sport, Kakuma, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, Joint Commemoration, UNHCR, Diakonia
8 Apr
Leading up to the Olympic summer games in Tokyo, Japan, the UNHCR has released a video calling for support for the refugee teams in the Olympic and Paralympic competitions.
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...
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...
ULS students wait in line to receive the LWF food kits, which contained enough or a household of 4 or five people to last about 3 weeks. Photo: LWF/ Z. Urbina
7 Sep
El Salvador: LWF supports students affected by cyclone “Amanda”
Central America, Diakonia, Climate Justice, Climate, emergency operation, emergency, food, Hurricane, Livelihoods
7 Sep
The LWF Program in Central America supported scholarship students of the Salvadoran Lutheran University with food and hygiene kits, to keep them in school after the COVID-19 pandemic and a tropical...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Participants at the LWF advocacy training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, 14-16 July.  Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
30 Jul
LWF rolls out Advocacy Handbook in Central America
advocacy training, Central America, Human Rights, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Peace-building
30 Jul
The persecution and killing of human rights defenders, and the exercise of religious freedom in Central America under the spotlight at a training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, rolling out the the...
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...
LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
Council 2019, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...
Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Michael Møller addresses the launch of the Waking the Giant self-assessment tool on 17 June. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
18 Jun
UN endorses LWF work for Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG, United Nations, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, council, Council 2019
18 Jun
The world urgently needs the contribution of Lutheran churches and other faith based organizations if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. That was the message from the Director...
Emma van Dorp lit five symbolic candles on the altar, as the church leaders affirmed the “wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A source of hope towards Christian unity
JDDJ, council, Council 2019, Theology, ecumenism, Anglican, Catholic, Reformed, Methodist, LWF President, General Secretary Martin Junge
16 Jun
Leaders of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed and Anglican global church bodies today reaffirmed commitment to unity, joint witness and service as they co-presided a special prayer service...