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Hand washing before a distribution in Burundi. Water is essential to proper hygiene and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF Burundi
22 Mar
On World Water Day, LWF calls for access to safe water
World Water Day, Advocacy, Refugees, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, internally displaced people, IDP, COVID19, WASH, Diakonia, Gender, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, refugees protection, quality services
22 Mar
One year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic; many people still live without access to clean and safe water. "Access to water is still a problem in many places where we work," said...
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...
Showkat and her sister, who takes care of her most of the time. All photos: LWF/ S. Thandar
22 Jan
Myanmar: Education for students with special needs
quality services, refugees protection, Protection, Education, Diakonia, Rakhine Crisis, Rohingya, IDP, internally displaced people, refugee camp, disability, Child Protection
22 Jan
Going to school is difficult for the about 30,000 internally displaced Rohingya children in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Even more, if the child is living with a disability: Teachers lack special...
The LWF World Service Central America team, performing a hymn in the main office in San Salvador. Photo: LWF Central America
22 Dec
Singing and Dancing for Christmas 
Central America, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, LWF World Service, refugee, Staff, IDP, refugee camp
22 Dec
Singing and dancing together, despite challenging circumstances: With messages of hope, LWF World Service country programs have contributed to this year's LWF advent hymns campaign...
A woman washes her children’s hands in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
7 Dec
Kenya: COVID-19 has secondary effects on women and children refugees
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, refugees protection, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, host communities, Gender, Women, sgbv, Education, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19
7 Dec
An increased workload for women, more violence against women and children, and neglect of people living with disabilities: these are the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender for refugees...
Landscape in Amhara province, the state bordering Tigray, Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Dec
Churches express deep solidarity with Ethiopia
Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Ethiopia, EECMY, ecumenism, ecumenical relations, WCC, ACT Alliance, Methodist, Anglican, Reformed, IDP, emergency, humanitarian, Peace
4 Dec
Ecumenical organizations have sent a pastoral letter of solidarity to the churches and people of Ethiopia, expressing commitment to accompany them as they address multiple challenges and crises.
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...
LWF president Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa visits displaced Rohingya at the Ohn Taw Gyi South IDP camp, Rakhine state, Myanmar, in 2018. Photo: LWF/ Phyo Aung Hein
22 Oct
“Durable and peaceful solutions” needed for displaced Rohingya
Diakonia, Advocacy, IDP, internally displaced people, Rakhine Crisis, Refugees, refugee camp, humanitarian, Protection, refugees protection, Rohingya
22 Oct
The needs of displaced Rohingya need to be addressed in a more sustainable way, says Maria Immonen, director of the LWF humanitarian and development arm, LWF World Service. In her position as Vice-...
ALWS staff visit a community in Jonglei, South Sudan, in January 2020. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
21 Oct
70 years of “bringing love to life”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, quality services, Protection, Refugees, refugees protection, IDP, internally displaced people, Australian Lutheran World Relief, refugee settlements, LWF member churches
21 Oct
The Lutheran World Federation congratulates its related agency, the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS), on their 70th anniversary.
Children demonstrate hand washing at Kakuma refugee camp; Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
5 Oct
COVID-19: Responding when social distancing isn’t an option
Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, WASH, Water, #withrefugees, Refugees, IDP, humanitarian
5 Oct
Unparalleled cooperation, resilience and commitment, but also an enormous challenge for field staff and the communities we serve – this is what a global health emergency has meant for humanitarian...
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 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.
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.
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...
Fadinatou Amadou Tukur (left) and Tanga Moktar (right) run a small poultry farm in the Gado refugee camp, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
Africa’s forgotten crises: Strengthening regional cooperation and advocacy
Africa, Refugees, Climate Change, civil war, IDP, Angola, Burundi, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, UNOCHA, refugee camp
6 Feb
LWF Vice president: “The Lutheran family will not forget”
Potential entrepreneurs participate in an exercise about business risks during a training on entrepreneurship development, held at Thae Chaung IDP camp in Sittwe township, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/ Maung Nyien Naing
7 Jan
LWF Myanmar hosts World Service Committee delegation
IDP, humanitarian support, World Service, host community
7 Jan
In Myanmar, LWF World Service Committee members will interact with country program staff, IDP camp residents, and discuss cooperation with member churches.
Zhiyan Abdullad during the AVP training in November 2019. Photo: LWF/ R. Omar
11 Dec
Iraq: Alternatives to Violence
Middle East, Middle East conflict, IDP, internally displaced people, host community, host communities, emergency, peace building
11 Dec
Peace in a post-conflict region is hard to achieve – even on a very personal level. Trauma, past hurts often in the immediate neighborhood, and challenges in everyday life often carry stress levels...
Refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean often do so in small boats exposing them to a high risk of running into distress at sea. Photo: IOCC/Apostoli/ACT
4 Nov
Misery has no nationality
Diakonia, LWF member churches, IDP, Migrants, Migration, UNHCR, Advocacy, #withrefugees
4 Nov
EKD is planning to send a ship to save refugees crossing the Mediterranean.
In Uganda, LWF’s humanitarian work includes support to people who have fled conflict in neighboring South Sudan and DRC. At the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Congolese Zubert Masuku is now a highly skilled fashion designer, who also trains fellow youth for free. Photo: LWF/ S. Nalubega
9 Apr
Human Rights Council: Concern for conflict-affected populations and people with albinism
DRC, South Sudan, Myanmar, albinism, UNHRC, United Nations Human Rights Council, Rakhine Crisis, IDP, internally displaced people, gender-based violence, Human Rights, peace building
9 Apr
The human rights situation in Myanmar, DRC and South Sudan, and access to justice for people living with albinism were key topics for the LWF through four oral statements and a side event at the 40th...
Panelists at the 27 March event in the Bundestag. From left to right: Lisa Binder (Bread for the World), Sabine Minninger (Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Bread for the World), Maina Talia (Panelist from Tuvalu), Claudia Roth (German Green Party politician and Bundestag Vice President), Dr. Julia Duchrow (Human Rights Expert, Bread for the World), Sophie Gebreyes (LWF Country Representative in Ethiopia). Photo: Sabine Mininger/BftW
3 Apr
Industrialized nations must ‘honor moral responsibility’ to mitigate effects of climate change in Ethiopia
Diakonia, DWS Ethiopia, Climate, IDP, internally displaced people, Climate Change, drought relief
3 Apr
The devastating effects of climate change and conflict on rural communities in Ethiopia were under the spotlight at the German Parliament during a recent presentation by the LWF representative in...
 A group of Oromo IDPs walk on the dry riverbed near Burka Dare IDP site in Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through emergency response on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as long-term development and empowerment projects, to help build resilience and adapt communities’ lifestyles to a changing climate. 27 January 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Feb
Ethiopia: Creativity in the face of hardship
Climate, DWS Ethiopia, WASH, IDP, internally displaced people, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
12 Feb
The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through emergency response on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as long-term development...
Refugee children demonstrating playcards for their rights on the World Refugee Day 2018. Photo: LWF Nepal.
20 Jun
World Refugee Day: Children must be protected
Refugees, refugee camp, IDP, emergency, Advocacy, member church
20 Jun
Gratitude for compassion and solidarity of member churches
A mother and her child in one of the LWF health centers. The child is being treated for severe malnourishment. Photo: LWF DRC
23 Apr
13 million Congolese in need of support
DRC, Refugees, IDP, malnourished food insecure, food, Water, Children, World Service, hunger
23 Apr
Humanitarian needs have doubled since 2017 ...
Early in the morning, a boy runs amid the tents in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, located near Mafraq, Jordan. Opened in July, 2012, the camp holds upwards of 20,000 refugees from the civil war inside Syria, but its numbers are growing. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
19 Apr
Be the voices and hands of hope!
church, Refugees, Syria, Syria Crisis, Syria Crisis. Refugees, refugee camp, internally displaced people, IDP
19 Apr
The Church of Norway has issued a striking plea to the country’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg to show courage by offering a concrete welcome to refugees to the Scandinavian nation.
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.
Rev Robert Goyek Daga, in front of the millennium Cathedral that his church is building in the center of Garoua town. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
6 Feb
Diakonia and dialogue for peace
Diakonia, Interfaith, refugee, IDP, refugee camp, Livelihoods, emergency
6 Feb
Rev Robert Goyek Daga, in front of the millennium Cathedral that his church is building in the center of Garoua town. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner