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"Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception".  Refugees in Hungary, September 2015. Photo: Ujvári Sándor/MTI
22 Sep
Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection
22 Sep
A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the...
Ayuba Tada, a Nigerian refugee, serves his second year as a nursery gardener in one of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees. A five-year planting and harvest cycle of trees ensures wood to be used as firewood, vines for building of roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Sep
Cameroon: Protect environment, create employment
Season of Creation, Diakonia, Climate, Livelihoods, livelihood, Women, women and girls, Refugees, Protection, Nigeria
14 Sep
The LWF has transformed a region around the Minawao refugee camp in the far North of Cameroon from a dusty desert to a young forest. At the same time, the LWF project improved the relationship...
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...
General secretary of the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Myanmar, Rev Martin Lalthangliana. Photo: FLCM
14 Aug
Myanmar: Churches engaged in humanitarian aid
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, coronavirus, World Humanitarian Day, Diakonia, humanitarian
14 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Martin Lalthangliana discusses why the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Myanmar makes humanitarian work in the Myanmar regions a top objective.
LWF’s humanitarian and development work in Ethiopia includes provision of potable water to communities displaced by drought or conflict. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Aug
LWF among organizations urging more time for UN panel on internal displacement
Advocacy, IDP, internally displaced people, United Nations, emergency, coronavirus, COVID19, WS / COVID19
4 Aug
The LWF is among faith-based, non-governmental and civil society organizations calling on the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to extend the timeframe of the High-Level Panel on Internal...
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
24 Jul
COVID-19: Female leadership and livelihood opportunities in Myanmar
COVID19, coronavirus, Diakonia, Livelihoods, Protection, WS / COVID19, MC/COVID19
24 Jul
Micro-enterprises set up by the LWF in Myanmar are scaling up their production to meet the increased demand for reusable face masks in the camps for internally displaced people and other communities...
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...
Internally displaced Rohingya girls at a camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
12 May
Put age, gender, diversity at heart of IDP policies
Youth, girls, Children's rights, child rights, IDP, internally displaced people, Human Rights, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, #withrefugees
12 May
The LWF has joined a collective of NGOs calling for a more inclusive approach by States and other authorities dealing with Internally Displaced People.
LWF staff distribute hygiene kits door-to-door to families living in Dawodiya IDP camp in northern Iraq. All Photos: LWF WS Iraq
5 May
COVID-19: Slowing the spread of infection in Iraq
Diakonia, Advocacy, country programs, COVID19, coronavirus, WS / COVID19, #withrefugees
5 May
In a country already struggling with one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, the LWF is providing hygiene kits and other vital services to vulnerable communities in northern Iraq to help slow...
Displaced Rohingya living in Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp, Rakhine/ Myanmar. Photos: LWF/ I. Htun
22 Apr
Extreme concern after deadly attack on health care workers in Myanmar
coronavirus, Protection, country programs, emergency response, humanitarian, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, security, WS / COVID19
22 Apr
The LWF together with 15 aid organizations has expressed “shock and sadness” upon receiving the news of a fatal shooting incident involving a vehicle of the World Health Organization (WHO) carrying...
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).
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...
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...
 Participants at a workshop in Nepal in December 2019 develop ideas on how to pilot the “Churches and Emergencies” program in the two target communities. Photo: LWF/NELC
19 Feb
Nepal: Ready to respond to those in need
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, emergency response
19 Feb
The Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church has learnt much with the help of the LWF World Service Nepal program, the church has increased its capacity to prepare for and respond to such tragedies. When...
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...
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...