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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...
Felix Kalbe (center) takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. Photo: private 
1 Apr
Germany: With heart and mind – doing what is necessary for the people of Ukraine
Voices from the Communion, Ukraine crisis, Humanitarian Response, Diakonia
1 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion, we speak to Felix Kalbe, who takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. 
Ukrainian refugees at the border between Ukraine and Poland. Photo: Frank Schultze / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
4 Mar
Welcome all affected by the war in Ukraine
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis, Welcoming the Stranger, Advocacy
4 Mar
In a statement released on 4 March, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt expresses grief over reports of discrimination against non-Europeans fleeing the war in Ukraine and calls for the...
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Feb
Ukraine: Lutheran churches across the world call for Peace and Support 
Member Churches, Communion Building, conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
28 Feb
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion.
Bishop Jerzy Samiec, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, and Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine. Bishop Samiec has called on the parishes of his church to open their doors to welcome refugees from Ukraine. Photo: Dariusz Bruncz
27 Feb
Ukrainian Bishop Shvarts: “Give shelter to refugees"
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
27 Feb
Lutherans in Ukraine are standing firm against the invasion of Russia and providing support for people in the country. They call on churches in Europe to shelter refugees from Ukraine, advocate...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Feb
Restore peace in Ukraine
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
25 Feb
In a statement released on 25 February, LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
25 Feb
Ukraine: LWF calls for donations to support people and churches
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
25 Feb
The LWF has launched a call for donations to support the churches and people of Ukraine, who are fleeing their homes and seeking shelter, basic necessities such as food and water, following Russia’s...
Photo: Sunguk Kim/Unsplash
24 Feb
Ukraine: Christian World Communions condemn assault, call for peace, invite to prayer
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
24 Feb
Four Christian World Communions are strongly condemning the advance of the Russian military into Ukraine and the assault that began on the night of 24 February 2022.
During the church service for the launch of the campaign of Bread for the World with the theme "Hunger for Justice", intercessory prayers were spoken by (from right to left) LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, the President of Bread for the World Cornelia Füllkrug Weizel, the Bishop in the region Schleswig and Holstein of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany Gothard Magaard, Ann Kathrein Gräning from the church district Rendsburg-Eckernförde and Heiko Naß, Director of the Schleswig-Holstein D
2 Dec
In the World, for the World
Bread for the World, Humanitarian Response, General Secretary
2 Dec
60 years of cooperation: Bread for the World and LWF
In a country experiencing recurring drought, the LWF country program work in Ethiopia includes support to farmers in Lalibela to build irrigation canals and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Oct
LWF country programs in East Africa plan joint approach to humanitarian crises
Climate Change, Humanitarian Response, South Sudan, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Advocacy
4 Oct
A regional response to the humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Somalia, and joint work on thematic areas such as climate change were the themes of a Regional Meeting of the LWF World Service...
World Service staff attending the GLTM hold the names of the countries where they are working. Photo:LWF/A. Hillert
16 May
Rooted in faith, committed to serving others
Policy/Guidelines, Human resource management, Finance, country programs, security, Humanitarian Response, environment, World Service, Leadership
16 May
On 9 May in Geneva, a ten-day Global Leadership Team Meeting (GLTM) opened for staff of the LWF’s World Service department which serves some 3 million people in countries across the globe through its...
LWF humanitarian workers assist a woman in the Middle East. Photo: Christian Jepsen
30 Oct
LWF looks forward to new strategic period with ACT Alliance
ACT Alliance, Governance, Humanitarian Response, development, Advocacy
30 Oct
LWF is looking forward to the future direction of ACT Alliance, which is holding its third general assembly in Uppsala, Sweden.
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...
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
Patrick Matala head of Unicef Kananga explaining access to basic services to Anne Wangari from LWF. Photo: LWF/DRC
15 Nov
The conflict only made a dormant crisis worse
internally displaced people, Humanitarian Response, DRC
15 Nov
LWF and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Congo visit Kasai
Photo: Susan Muis (center), LWF Regional program Officer for CAR, DRC and Chad, speaks at the NGO briefing in the Palais des Nations. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
14 Jul
“An alarming situation”
United Nations, security, Humanitarian Response
14 Jul
NGO Briefing to UN member states about Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo ...
The LWF and Islamic Relief Worldwide joined forces following the Nepal earthquake, April 2015, to provide emergency relief.
5 Oct
Faith groups a force for peace and cultural sensitivity in international aid
Interfaith, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Humanitarian Response, UNHRC
5 Oct
UNHCR event highlights positive contribution of joint Christian and Islamic humanitarian response
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.”
Titi Malik (third from left) with members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria and LWF delegation during a solidarity visit in March. Photo: Jfaden Multimedia
27 Mar
Opening her Doors to those Displaced by Violence in Northern Nigeria
Humanitarian Response, Refugees
27 Mar
“They Needed Assistance”
Workshop in disaster risk reduction and emergency response for a community in Myanmar. The statement reaffirms the humanitarian principles of neutrality, humanity, impartiality and independence especially in insecure and volatile contexts. Photo: LWF Myanmar
17 Mar
LWF Endorses Statement on Humanitarian Principles
Statement, ACT Alliance, Humanitarian Response
17 Mar
Neutrality and Independence in Work for People in Need