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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
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
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...
Girls in primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF is working to protect their right to education and a childhood without violence. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
12 Feb
A network to stop early marriage
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Refugees, refugee camp, girls, women and girls, Child Protection, gender-based violence, sgbv, Education
12 Feb
Zawadi was a hard-working student in primary grade 7 when her family tried to arrange a wedding against her will. Not an uncommon occurrence, says Kapis Okeya, LWF protection officer in Kakuma. “LWF...
In a country experiencing recurring drought, the LWF country program work in Ethiopia includes support to farmers in Lalibela to build irrigation canals and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Oct
LWF country programs in East Africa plan joint approach to humanitarian crises
Climate Change, Humanitarian Response, South Sudan, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Advocacy
4 Oct
A regional response to the humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Somalia, and joint work on thematic areas such as climate change were the themes of a Regional Meeting of the LWF World Service...
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...
World Service staff attending the GLTM hold the names of the countries where they are working. Photo:LWF/A. Hillert
16 May
Rooted in faith, committed to serving others
Policy/Guidelines, Human resource management, Finance, country programs, security, Humanitarian Response, environment, World Service, Leadership
16 May
On 9 May in Geneva, a ten-day Global Leadership Team Meeting (GLTM) opened for staff of the LWF’s World Service department which serves some 3 million people in countries across the globe through its...
Messages of peace in a school run by LWF in Upper Nile State, South Sudan. Photo: LWF/ C: Kästner
17 Aug
World Humanitarian Day: LWF calls for protection of humanitarian space
notatarget, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian aid, aid worker security, humanitarian worker security, emergency, security, Advocacy, Peace
17 Aug
On World Humanitarian Day, the LWF calls for a better protection of humanitarian space.
Jacob Longar Aleer. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
17 Aug
Working in a high-risk area
DWS South Sudan, Education, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, aid worker security, humanitarian worker security, security, Staff, notatarget, Peace
17 Aug
Interview with Jacob Aleer, LWF Security Focal Point in Jonglei, South Sudan ...
Children hold up an antenna to better receive the TEDx broadcast in Kakuma refugee camp. All photos: TEDx
15 Jun
“Rise and make the most of it”
Refugees, emergency response, Education, Kakuma, Event, Virtual Conference event, Digital Event
15 Jun
First TEDx talk in Kakuma refugee camp highlights talents and contributions of refugees
Rose Nathike Lokonyen at the Global Compact on refugees Consultation. Photo: LWF/ Peter Kenny
14 Jun
LWF refugee athlete tells UN to listen to refugees
Kakuma, refugee camps, Refugees, UNHCR, refugees protection, Advocacy, refugee camp, emergency, Lund
14 Jun
Olympic athlete and refugee from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where the LWF works, Rose Nathike Lokonyen’s story quickly drew the attention of the international participants at the 5th formal...
LWF receiving refugees at Lefori collection point, in Northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
28 Feb
South Sudan crisis set to become Africa’s largest
Refugees, War, South Sudan conflict, conflict, internally displaced people, displacement, Displaced Persons, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Uganda, Kakuma, Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Sudan Crisis
28 Feb
The plight of refugees from South Sudan is set to become Africa’s largest refugee crisis, with the Lutheran World Federation on the frontline in South Sudan and the countries receiving the refugees,...
Students from LWF’s Angelina-Jolie school in Kakuma refugee camp with tablets in computer class. Photo: LWF
25 Jan
Smart Communities in Kenya
Refugees, DWS Kenya-Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, information technology, refugee camps, emergency response, Children, Humanitarian Response, Kakuma, Kenya refugee camps
25 Jan
The Lutheran World Federation has joined a high-powered public-private coalition, who will introduce internet and mobile connectivity, access to clean, efficient energy, and digital financial tools...
Khadija in her home. Photo: LWF Kenya-Djibouti
7 Nov
“Hagadera is my home now”
Elderly, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Women's Stories
7 Nov
Interview with a refugee in Dadaab
Students in the special needs’ education unit at Fashoda Primary School perform a traditional dance. Photo: LWF/Ann Kathure
2 Jun
Building a future with hope
DWS Kenya/Djibouti, Kakuma, refugee
2 Jun
25 years of LWF’s refugee support at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya
LWF helped Anek to return to school and pursue higher education while caring for her child. Photo: LWF Kenya
14 Feb
LWF helps teenage mothers finish high school
refugee, Women, girls, gender-based violence, Education, DWS Kenya/Djibouti
14 Feb
Combining education and protection for girls in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
New arrivals at the Ifo refugee camp receive an LWR baby kit as well as other non-food items as they are formally registered during the reception process in Dadaab, Kenya. The Ifo settlement is the oldest of the camps in Dadaab, dating back to the early 1990s. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/LWR (2011)
9 Feb
Kenyan court decision stops Dadaab closure
Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya, Humanitarian Law, World Service, Refugees, Advocacy
9 Feb
“Basic principles of international humanitarian law upheld" ...
Dadaab refugee camp resident, Jinay, says it's time we It’s time we recognized elderly people as a resource in the community. Photo: LWF Kenya
2 Feb
A better place for the elderly
Refugees, Elderly, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya, Aged care
2 Feb
LWF supports aged refugees in Dadaab camp, Kenya
Girls assemble in a school yard in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya. Education is a focus of LWF work in the camp. Photo: LWF/Kenya
11 Jan
Transforming lives of refugee children
Kenya, Refugees, Children, students, Education, secondary school, Dadaab reugee camp
11 Jan
The challenge of providing primary education for all in Dadaab refugee camps