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Religion is a vital component in the lives of many refugees. New guidelines will attune humanitarian work to the needs of people of faith. Photo: Christian Jepsen, taken in Zaa'atri in January 2018
30 Jun
Faith-sensitive humanitarian guidelines take center stage at UNHCR-NGO side event
Islamic Relief Worldwide, psychosocial support
30 Jun
A new manual on faith-sensitive humanitarian action published by the LWF and IRW was the focus of a side event today at annual consultations held by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, with NGOs.
Market in Boroli refugee settlement, Adjumani. South Sudanese refugees have opened shops and are selling their fruits and vegetables here. Northern Uganda South Sudan refugee crisis. Photos: LWF/ C. Kästner
29 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation and Islamic Relief Worldwide publish manual on faith - sensitive humanitarian action
Islamic Relief Worldwide, psychosocial support
29 Jun
Diverse coalition of faith and secular groups launches guidance on ‘faith-sensitivity’ to help humanitarian organisations in their work with refugees at UNHCR event
“Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt 10:8) is the theme of the Council. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Setting the tone for the communion in coming years
council, Council 2018, Meeting
22 Jun
LWF Council to meet in Geneva 28 June - 2 July
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 Hub team leader Jésus Rodriguez (center) coordinates the aid work in Guatemala. Photo: LWF
12 Jun
Help for volcano victims in Guatemala
natural disaster, emergency response, emergency hub, volcano
12 Jun
LWF is ensuring that agencies mount a coordinated response to the emergency caused by volcanic eruptions in Guatemala at the beginning of June.
A woman from Bhajani Municipality, in Kailali district in the far western part of Nepal cooks food at waterlogged premises. Photos: LWF/ P. Maharjan
7 Jun
Responding to disaster and climate change in Nepal
monsoon, disasters, emergency response, Climate Change, floods, WASH, environment
7 Jun
LWF program restores livelihoods and environment
Bishop Ulrich and Pope Francis during the audience in the Vatican. Photo: VaticanPress
6 Jun
“A momentum which is irreversible”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Pope Francis, Lund, Catholic, Italy, dialogue, GNC, Germany, ordination, Bishop, Nepal, Malmö, diaconia
6 Jun
German Lutherans meet LWF member church and Pope Francis in Italy
A man plays football with his children in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan, while another man, wounded in fighting in Syria, looks on. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
6 Apr
LWF and ecumenical partners link to #WithRefugees solidarity tour
#withrefugees, refugee, Kakuma, Za'atari Refugee Camp, Refugees, internally displaced people, Displaced Persons, Refugees. Displaced person
6 Apr
The #WithRefugees World Tour kicks off today with a sports day in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The LWF, WCC and other ecumenical partners are joining hands with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency,...
Children play at one of the water collection tanks between the Mailoti river and Minawao refugee camp. Photos: LWF/ C. Kästner
22 Mar
The journey of water
World Water Day, Water, Refugees, development, Capacity development, refugee camp, refugee camps, Cameroon, Nigeria, Boko Haram, WASH, shelter
22 Mar
Twenty liters - this is the recommended minimum amount of clean water every person should have at their disposal every day. What seems like quite a restriction for people living in developed...
Members of the Colombian Commission of Jurists detail the situation in their country at a Human Rights Council side event on 16 March 2018. Photo: LWF/ Peter Kenny
21 Mar
Increase of attacks on human rights defenders in Colombia
UNHRC, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Advocacy, Human Rights, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, DWS Colombia, UPR
21 Mar
Despite the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the main guerrilla group, human rights violations continue. A parallel report assembled by the Lutheran World Federation and Colombian...
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,...
The LWF president discusses with residents of Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp. Photos: LWF/ I. Htun
21 Feb
LWF president visits humanitarian work in Myanmar
Refugees, internally displaced people, Refugees. Displaced person, Displaced Persons, President Myanmar 2018, LWF President, emergency, Interfaith, Myanmar, Asia, musl, Buddhism, refugee camps
21 Feb
On his recent visit to Myanmar, The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa visited two camps for internally displaced people, the Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp and the Min...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa greeting during the Ecumenical lunch with representatives of the four member churches in Myanmar and World Service country program staff. 30 January 2018. Photo: LWF Myanmar
15 Feb
Together, we can do so much
LWF member churches, humanitarian support, humanitarian relief, Interfaith, Ecumenical, IDP, internally displaced people, emergency, Rakhine Crisis, Muslim, Buddhism, Myanmar, President Myanmar 2018, DWS Myanmar, Lutheran Church of Myanmar, Myanmar Lutheran Church, Asia, World Service, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, LWF President
15 Feb
The LWF has proved itself an organization recognised for high quality work and for networking with diverse groups of people, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa says.
Aminatou Abubakar, president of the women’s association in Minawao refugee camp, speaks at a public event about the dangers of spontaneous and unassisted return to Nigeria. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
30 Jan
Security first for refugees from Nigeria
Cameroon, DWS, emergency response, emergency operation, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, Displaced Persons, host community, Nigeria, UNHCR, refugee camps, Welcoming the Stranger, security
30 Jan
Four years ago, thousands of people fled the Boko Haram terror in Nigeria to Cameroon. Now, the Minawao refugee camp sees a wave of refugees spontaneously returning to unsafe areas in eastern Nigeria...
Livelihoods and peace-building go hand in hand for this women’s group of widows who are now producing snacks to sell at the market. Photo: LWF/ S. Muis
29 Jan
Building trust between refugees and hosts in Chad
Refugees, refugee camps, CAR, Chad, Welcoming the Stranger, host communities, peace building, peacebuilding
29 Jan
Chad in central Africa continues to receive refugees from surrounding countries experiencing civil war, including the Central African Republic.
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...
Kali Kamini, known as “grandma” to the village, in front of her new house. Photo: LWF/ U. Pokharel
17 Jan
A safer place to stay
DWS Nepal emergency response, DWS Nepal emergency response DWS Nepal, DWS Nepal emergency response DWS Nepal program Nepal, emergency response, reconstruction
17 Jan
Building her own home has been a dream for Kali Kamini, known in her Nepali village as ‘Grandma’ – and her dream became reality thanks to The Lutheran World Federation and a local women-led charity.
Water poured at the Global Commemoration of the 500 years of Reformation in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
1 Jan
Water without cost
New Years Message, General Secretary Martin Junge, Martin Luther
1 Jan
2018 New Year Message from the LWF General Secretary
LWF delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
8 Dec
“By his bruises we are healed”
Pope Francis, Pope, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, Colombia, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, Caritas Internationalis, Peace
8 Dec
During an audience at the Vatican on 7 December, The Lutheran World Federation delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá, a powerful symbol of conflict and...
Girls perform in a play against gender-based violence at the Peace Oasis in Za'atari refugee camp. Photo: LWF Jordan
6 Dec
An oasis of peace against gender-based violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, gender-based violence, Gender, Women, LWF Peace Oasis, Za'atari Refugee Camp
6 Dec
As the global community is mobilized for 16 days of activism against gender based violence, men and women in the Za’atari refugee camp have shared experiences and a moment of peace.
Yusuf Mohamed Ali, 42, and his family. He came as a refugee from Bey Dedawa, Somalia in 2007. Four of his nine children have been born in the camp. LWF supported him with chicken so he could start poultry production. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
5 Dec
Ethiopia to implement new refugee framework
UNHCR, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Livelihoods, Refugees. Displaced person
5 Dec
The Lutheran World Federation has welcomed the commitment of the Ethiopian government to the protection of refugees with the official launch of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in...
A woman carries water from a barehole installed by the LWF in Cacanda reception center, Northern Angola. Photo: LWF / C. Kästner
30 Nov
Water and sanitation for Kasai refugees in Angola
refugee camps, internally displaced people, Humanitarian Response
30 Nov
More funds needed to prevent outbreak of disease
LWF representatives and Caritas Nepal team after signing the MoU in the Caritas Nepal office. Photo: LWF
28 Nov
LWF and Caritas to collaborate more closely in Nepal
Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Interagency, Caritas Internationalis, Department of World Service, DWS Nepal
28 Nov
“Result of increased recognition of the two organizations’ expertise and capacities”