News

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
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...
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.
LWF in CAR is supporting displaced communities with food security by supporting groups of agricultural producers and through school feeding programs. Photo: LWF/Central African Republic.
16 Nov
Welcoming renewed UN commitment to peace in Central African Republic
emergency response, CAR emergency program, Interagency, Peace
16 Nov
LWF representatives carry message to UN officials
South Sudanese refugees receive a hot meal at Palorinya refugee camp, Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
28 Mar
“Don’t reconvert plowshares into swords”
drought, Food Security, Advocacy, emergency response, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti, Nigeria, Yemen
28 Mar
On March 16, the United Nations issued an alert, drawing attention to the famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is present with member churches and...
Attacked while fleeing South Sudan, Amina, 17, is now in the care of the Lutheran World Federation at Palorinya refugee camp, northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
7 Mar
A total absence of law
gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Refugees, South Sudan Crisis, emergency response
7 Mar
LWF supports survivors of gender-based violence in South Sudan
Like the family of Polonne Jean-Louis, many people still live in makeshift shelters after hurricane Matthew destroyed their homes. Photo: LWF/M. French
3 Mar
The slow road to recovery after hurricane Matthew
disasters, Livelihoods, resilience, Haiti, emergency response, Hurricane Matthew
3 Mar
A community-based approach helps the people of Haiti get back on their feet
Ninety percent of the refugees are women and children. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
28 Feb
Overwhelming needs of refugees in Northern Uganda
Refugees, South Sudan Crisis, emergency response
28 Feb
More support needed to meet basic needs
A beneficiary receives a shelter kit in a joint LWF/Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe distribution in Petit Goave. Photo: LWF Haiti
13 Oct
Shelter and blankets after hurricane Matthew
DWS Haiti and the Caribbean, Haiti, Hurricane Matthew, emergency response
13 Oct
LWF and partners distribute relief goods in Haiti
Students from Luther College in the United States take in sights and stories at LWF's model village in Gressier, Haiti.Photo: LWF/Helene Branco
12 Jan
ELCA students visit LWF model village in Haiti
DWS Haiti and the Caribbean, Haiti, disasters, emergency response
12 Jan
Study of migration and displacement in disaster
A DWS staff member vaccinates a the dog belonging to a refugee as part of an animal vaccination campaign, Dosseye camp, southern Chad. The LWF celebrates the work of staff around the world on World Humanitarian Day. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
18 Aug
Praise for LWF staff on World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day 2015, World Humanitarian Day, conflict, emergency response, Humanitarian Response, DWS, Staff
18 Aug
“We know and appreciate the commitment from each one of you.”
KC sitting in front of his destroyed house. Photo: Kosh Raj Koirala
8 Jul
LWF Nepal provides aid to families with special needs
DWS Nepal, April 25 earthquake, 2015 earthquake, emergency response, survival
8 Jul
"Toughest days are still ahead"...