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Youth playing on the banks of Río Pogue in Atrato, northwestern Colombia. The LWF supports local communities to uphold their rights and protect the Atrato River, which has been polluted by material from extractive industries for decades. Photo: LWF/G. A. Moreno Clavijo
19 Jul
Supporting marginalized people to organize and empower themselves
Livelihoods, quality services, Protection, Action for Justice, Advocacy, rights-based approach, UPR, Minorities and Indigenous People, Refugees
19 Jul
Through its local-to-global methodology, the LWF continues to work with refugees, internally displaced people, indigenous communities, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups to access...
A traditional meal is served in Hadiya, south central Ethiopia. Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF
20 Apr
"People are not starving, they are being starved”
Livelihoods, quality services, country programs, Protection, Diakonia, Women, Famine, Human Rights, Advocacy, Youth
20 Apr
The LWF has joined more than 200 aid organizations in a call to fight hunger and famine worldwide. In an open letter published today (20 April), the organizations call upon states and national...
South Sudanese refugee, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, runs the 800-metres for the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016. Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau
8 Apr
Refugees journey to the Olympic Games
quality services, country programs, Refugees, Olympics 2016, Protection, disability, sport, Kakuma, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, Joint Commemoration, UNHCR, Diakonia
8 Apr
Leading up to the Olympic summer games in Tokyo, Japan, the UNHCR has released a video calling for support for the refugee teams in the Olympic and Paralympic competitions.
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...
A group of children in Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
10 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for protection of children in South Sudan
Justice, Human Rights, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, human rights council, Statement, Public Statement, Children, Child Protection, Protection, sgbv, gender-based violence, early marriage, Violence, Faith and Protection
10 Mar
The LWF has raised concerns about the situation of children in South Sudan. “South Sudanese children are inadequately protected against the worst forms of violence,” LWF Regional Program Coordinator...
Webinar participants after the session in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
8 Mar
Young women from Kakuma speak about gender justice
Women, quality services, refugees protection, Protection, Diakonia, Global event, International Women's Rights Day, Advocacy, Youth, Kakuma, Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Refugees
8 Mar
Young women in Kakuma refugee camp face many obstacles when aiming for equal opportunities as men and boys. In a webinar: “Emerging Women who Choose to Challenge”, young refugees and staff of the...
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...
29-year-old Jihad Albaba, from the Am'ari Camp, repairs the wifi functionality of a mobile phone in a small shop in Ramallah, after graduating from studies in Telecommunication at the LWF vocational training center in Ramallah. The GRIT project aims to increase the number of Palestinian women in technical and other non-traditional professions, which often offer better paid jobs. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jan
LWF project opens new doors for Palestinian women
refugees protection, Protection, Livelihoods, Diakonia, Women, LWF Jerusalem, Palestine, vocational training, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), CLWR
12 Jan
Increase women’s employment in the Palestinian Territories, and improve their access to technical and vocational training programs: A project in the LWF Jerusalem program seeks to empower Palestinian...
A young refugee paints a house during the retreat. Photo: LWF/ H. Lehto
7 Jan
Refugee teens talk mental health
Uganda, Youth, Protection, psychosocial support, mental health, refugee, refugee camp, South Sudan
7 Jan
LWF is running a pilot project focused on the mental health of teenager refugees in Uganda, offering them a way to process trauma and equipping them for the future.
The Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Murye, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Kajo – Keji, South Sudan, talks to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda during in a road drive campaign with LWF to inform them about COVID-19 and hygiene measures. Photo: LWF/ K. Logi
17 Dec
Dealing with COVID-19 in a faith context
General Secretary Martin Junge, Interfaith, Advocacy, COVID19, Islamic Relief Worldwide, dialogue, Protection
17 Dec
In the webinar, "Dialogue despite distance," representatives from different faith communities shared how they have used interreligious dialogue to address the challenges of the COVID-19...
Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar IDP camp receive a distribution of WASH kits by LWF's local partner. Photo: LWF/ B. Khanal
15 Dec
Partners for peace and humanitarian aid in Myanmar
quality services, Protection, Human Rights, Diakonia, Women, Rohingya, WASH, Education, Advocacy
15 Dec
The LWF provided a testimony on the status of human rights in Myanmar in front of the Canadian’s House of Commons’ Subcommittee on International Human Rights, which held a session focusing on of...
An Afghan refugee family in a Greek refugee camp, 2015. Photo: LWF/ J. Schreier
15 Dec
"Blessing and opportunity for Europe”
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Refugees, Migrants, Children, Protection, Child Protection, refugees protection, Interfaith, faith-based organizations
15 Dec
Two weeks before the Christian world celebrates a God who comes into the world as a refugee child, a two-day conference “From faith to action“, brought together faith-based organizations such as the...
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.
Students enjoy the multi-purpose-room at Othman Bin Affan Primary School for Boys in Zarqa. Photos: LWF/ A. Alsamra
16 Oct
Jordan: Giving hope to a “lost generation”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, livelihood, quality services, Protection, Syria, Education, Refugees, conflict, host community
16 Oct
Teacher trainings, school improvement projects, school kits, vocational training and counselling for out-of-school youth - thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugee students, as well as Jordanian...
Daw Ma Saw Myint, head teacher of an LWF-run temporary Learning Space in Myanmar, experienced herself the limited opportunities for girls and women. She is trying to keep adolescent girls in school. Photo: LWF/ S. Thandar
8 Oct
COVID-19: Empower girls to determine their future
Gender, Women, girl, child, Protection, Myanmar, Kenya, South Sudan, Jordan, early marriage, Education, girls, International Day of the Girl Child
8 Oct
On International Day of the Girl, the Lutheran World Federation is raising awareness about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls in vulnerable communities. LWF is calling upon the...
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...
Women at a hand pump in Panyagor. The extremely poor sanitation conditions are exposing people to waterborne diseases at a time when they are also battling COVID-19 . All photos: LWF/ B. Germamo
30 Sep
LWF supports flooded communities in South Sudan
Diakonia, Livelihoods, livelihood, quality services, Protection, Jonglei, emergency, floods, WASH, natural disaster, Risk Management
30 Sep
The LWF is urgently calling for support to people affected by the flooding in South Sudan. Unusually heavy rains have caused the Nile to rise and created flood emergencies all along the river and the...
An activist against sexual violence in conflict speaks up during an LWF event together with the Mukwege foundation in November 2019. LWF is working with the Mukwege foundation and SEMA, a global network of survivors to end wartime sexual violence in 21 countries. Photo: LWF/ L. Gillabert
28 Sep
Human Rights Council: Concern about sexual violence in South Sudan
Statement, Women, Advocacy, Human Rights, human rights council, Violence, gender-based violence, sgbv, Protection, Gender Justice
28 Sep
The LWF has expressed “deep concern” about the high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
At the river nearby the Burka Dare site for Internally Displaced People in Oromia, Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
18 Mar
COVID-19: LWF World Service calls for donations
COVID19, coronavirus, humanitarian support, Diakonia, Refugees, emergency, World Service, WASH, Protection, WS / COVID19
18 Mar
In light of the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the LWF humanitarian arm World Service is calling for donations to mitigate the effects in the communities it serves, and to protect...
Refugees wait their turn, at a distribution of non-food items in Minawao. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jun
Faith actors call for Global Solidarity with Refugees
Department for World Service, Ebola, LWF Uganda, DRC, Risk Management, Refugees, #withrefugees, refugee, Human Rights, World Refugee Day, peace building, Peace, Protection, refugees protection, xenophobia
20 Jun
The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault...
Refugees walking on the railways at the border between Hungary and Serbia. Photo: ELCH/ Zsuzsanna Horvath-Bolla
14 Mar
LWF General Secretary urges upholding of human rights
Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, refugees protection, refugee crisis, conflict, Protection, Welcoming the Stranger, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge
14 Mar
Churches need to stand against the deterioration of humanitarian values and human rights, The Lutheran World Federation General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, said in Germany. Referring to the...
Patrick Tambure fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo with his family, because they no longer felt safe. He and four of his eight siblings have albinism. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux (2015)
24 Mar
Lutheran Bishop in Tanzania speaks up against the persecution of people with albinism
Protection, Africa, albinism, Tanzania, UN Human Rights Commission
24 Mar
LWF urges Human Rights Council to work with religious leaders