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LWF’s multipurpose cash assistance project will support refugees from the war in Ukraine, like these men, women and children in Korczowa on the Polish border. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
27 Apr
Ukraine: LWF provides cash assistance for refugees in Poland
Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Diakonia, Communion Building, Cash Response, refugee crisis
27 Apr
In response to the needs of growing numbers of refugees fleeing from the war in Ukraine, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is working closely with its member church, the Evangelical Church of the...
LWF humanitarian support officer Katerina Brzicova and Samuel Reslour, a volunteer, assist in transporting relief items to a warehouse of the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), which is partnering with the LWF to distribute food and non-food items to refugees fleeing from Ukraine at the Zosin and Dohoruth borders. Photo: B. Khanal
20 Apr
LWF scales up response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
LWF member churches, Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, refugee crisis, Humanitarian Response
20 Apr
The LWF is scaling up its response to the war in Ukraine, setting up a team to coordinate both the humanitarian work and support to its member churches in the region. Following meetings with five...
The refugee crisis in Korczowa, on the Polish-Ukrainian border, caused by the war in Ukraine. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
29 Mar
Hot meals and kind hugs: Polish welcome for Ukrainian refugees
Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Member Churches, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
29 Mar
A hot meal, a place to stay, a welcoming smile, a comforting hug. All along the border between Poland and Ukraine, Allan A. Calma has been witnessing small acts of kindness.
Hungarian volunteers assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Elekes Andor (CC-BY-SA)
4 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran churches in neighboring countries provide shelter and support
conflict, Ukraine crisis, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Peace, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, emergency operation, emergency, emergency relief, emergency response
4 Mar
An unprecedented wave of prayer, solidarity, and help has swept across Europe and the world during the week since the beginning of the Russian invasion into Ukraine on 24 February. Member churches of...
In Honduras, the LWF member church and World Service program worked jointly to provide humanitarian response during the Eta and Iota hurricanes in 2020. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
2 Dec
LAC: Member churches and World Service programs explore deeper collaboration
member church, LWF member churches, emergency response, emergency, Diakonia, Humanitarian Response
2 Dec
The LWF member churches and World Service programs in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have begun exploring how to deepen collaboration in order to strengthen their joint work of serving...
Extreme weather events: LWF representative Carlos Rivera (with white face mask) visiting Chamelecón, Honduras, where many homes were washed away in unexpected flooding from the hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
10 Aug
LWF welcomes new UN climate report, urges ambitious action to protect the most vulnerable
LWF member churches, Climate Justice, Climate, World Service, Advocacy, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response
10 Aug
The LWF welcomes the latest scientific report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the report, the UN body observes that the Earth’s climate is changing in every region and across the...
Debris from heavy fighting near the town of Yechilla litters the banks of a river which is a primary water source for local residents. Aid agencies are calling for urgent access to bring clean water, food and medical supplies into the war-torn region. Photo: LWF/A. Calma
23 Jul
Aid agencies warn of looming famine in Tigray
Food Security, emergency response, Humanitarian Access
23 Jul
Time is running out to prevent a looming famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where an estimated 5.2 million people are facing acute food insecurity.
LWF distributed mosquito nets to more than 12,000 households in two camps in Cox'’s Bazaar refugee camp. The nets will protect especially small children against diseases such as Dengue fever and Malaria. Photo: Bela Wadud/ RDRS/LREP
3 Mar
LWF supports displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh
emergency, emergency response, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Displaced Persons, environment, WASH, livelihood, Livelihoods, health care, Water, Hygiene
3 Mar
In October 2017, violence in Myanmar forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. They found a temporary home in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp, one of the largest refugee camps...
Thanks to the Lutheran communion’s emergency support, Gregorio Pérez and other residents of Shupa village are replanting crops lost to two successive hurricanes. Photo: ILUGUA
23 Feb
Guatemalan church assists families recovering from hurricane impact amid COVID-19
COVID19, emergency response, emergency, Food Security, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Diakonia, MC/COVID19
23 Feb
For Gregorio Pérez, a leader of the indigenous Maya Chortí in Guatemala’s southeastern department of Chiquimula, the rising number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is not the only crisis worrying him...
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...
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...
20 May
COVID-19: Collective action for Argentina’s indigenous communities
emergency response, COVID19, Diakonia, coronavirus
20 May
IERP distributes hot lunches, food and sanitation items to indigenous communities
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...
Churches have structures in place and contact to communities that are a great asset in containing the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Apr
COVID-19: LWF launches Rapid Response Fund for member churches
coronavirus, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Communion Office, emergency response, MC/COVID19
17 Apr
The LWF has launched a Rapid Response Fund to help member churches struggling with unprecedented challenges posed by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
 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...
Maria Immonen, director of LWF World Service. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
23 Jan
World Service director to co-chair Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response
humanitarian, humanitarian support, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Caritas Internationalis, emergency operation, emergency response, emergency
23 Jan
The LWF department for World Service, Maria Immonen, has been appointed vice-chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response.
Children play in the destroyed suburbs in Aleppo. Photo: LWF/ R. Schlott
31 Oct
LWF and Caritas to support people in Syria
Diakonia, Ecumenical, emergency, emergency response, Syria Crisis, Caritas Internationalis
31 Oct
The LWF through Caritas Internationalis will support people in Syria with winter clothing, relief goods and trauma workshops.
Zikhai Suela from Mpengo Village shows the water filters and gallons distributed by LWF. Photo: LWF/B. Khanal
19 Sep
“We see so much more hope”
emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
19 Sep
LWF World Service has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Mozambique since the beginning of April 2019, after cyclone Idai struck the region.
Women contemplate what is left of their homestead in Gudza village, central Mozambique, in the aftermath of cyclone Idai. Photo: LWF/Philip Wijmans
8 May
Mozambique: Supporting those who have to start all over again
emergency response, environment, floods, Climate, Climate Change, Mozambique, Humanitarian disaster, Water
8 May
Located in Mozambique’s central province of Manica, Sussundenga District, Dombé region was one of the worst hit areas following the 14 March tropical cyclone Idai.
Some of the participants in the LUCSA youth workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: LUCSA
29 Apr
Southern Africa youth resolve to address climate change and gender-based violence
Youth, LUCSA, gender-based violence, emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
29 Apr
Youth from 15 member churches of LUCSA have identified climate change and gender-based violence as key issues to address in their respective countries.
In Manica province, most of the people displaced by cyclone Idai are staying in holding centers, hoping to return to their homes once flood waters recede. Photo: LWF/Philip Wijmans
5 Apr
Cyclone Idai: LWF to provide clean water sources and shelter in Mozambique
emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi
5 Apr
The LWF is working with its international and local partners in Mozambique to secure clean water sources, provide shelter construction materials, food, kitchen kits and beddings to families affected...
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
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