Support Refugees

The LWF was founded in 1947 as a response to the refugee crisis following World War II. Since then, supporting and advocating for refugees and internally displaced persons (people who are forced to flee their home but who remain within their country) has been at the center of the organization’s mission. In 2019, we supported 1.3 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), representing more than 60% of the people we assisted that year, through emergency response and development projects.

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“Refugees lose many things when they flee, but never their human rights”
– LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Martin Junge

Our programs supporting refugees and IDPs


In 2018, LWF Angola supported 22,000 refugees from DRC in the province of Lunda Norte. LWF provided them with shelters, access to water and latrines while fostering community mobilization and empowerment.

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Last year LWF Cameroon served more than 170,000 refugees and internally displaced persons from Nigeria and Central African Republic. The program is active in various refugee camps in the fields of livelihoods, women empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and protection and social cohesion.

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In 2019, LWF supported 76,000 refugees from Sudan and Central African Republic, especially through the Seeds for Solution projects. It was developed with UNHCR to enhance food security and income, and help refugees and host communities to integrate to enhance peaceful and long-term change.

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In 2019 Ethiopia was one of the ten countries hosting the most refugees (900,000). Last year, LWF Ethiopia supported more than 83,000 refugees and internally displaced persons through an emergency response and food security, water, hygiene and sanitation, livelihoods and protection projects.

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In 2019, Jordan was officially hosting 655,000 registered Syrian refugees. The same year, the LWF assisted almost 10,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in communities and in the Zaatari camp through education, child protection, social cohesion, food security and nutrition and livelihoods projects.

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Kenya - Djibouti - Somalia

In 2019, LWF Kenya-Djibouti-Somalia supported 151,475 refugees, representing almost 90% of our outreach in these countries. The country program is active in several refugee camps in Djibouti and Kenya in the areas of education, child protection, human rights and community empowerment, social cohesion and livelihoods.

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LWF Mauritania supports people in the M’bera refugee camp in the areas of emergency assistance (shelters and non-food items) and education. In 2019, the program worked with 56,000 refugees, representing more than 75% of the people the program supported that year.

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In 2019, LWF Nepal supported 25,100 refugees from Bhutan and Tibet and internally displaced persons. The program is active in camp management, social cohesion, human rights advocacy, protection and livelihoods.

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South Sudan

LWF South Sudan responds to the humanitarian crisis in the country with a multi-sectorial approach. The program’s emergency response focuses on child protection, livelihoods and food security, human rights, education and water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) projects. It has supported 115,000 refugees and internally displaced persons in 2019.

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LWF Uganda supports refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda and Burundi and is active in the Lamwo, Moyo, Adjumani, Rwanwanja and Kyjangwali settlements. In 2019, the program worked with 470,000 refugees, representing 97% of the people we served that year.

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In 2019, LWF Colombia assisted more than 2,000 migrants from Venezuela and 4,200 people affected by the ongoing internal-displacement crisis in Colombia. LWF provided protection-focused interventions in Colombia but also in Venezuela where it focused on the protection of the most vulnerable – particularly women and children - in liaison with key partners.

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LWF Jerusalem supports Palestinians from the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip through a Vocational Training Program (VTP), a Scholarship Program and the Augusta Victoria Hospital with the Community Health Outreach program. Palestinians served by LWF Jerusalem are both refugees and non-refugees.

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During the conflict against the Islamic State from 2014 to 2019, almost 6 million people were displaced. In 2019, LWF Iraq responded to the crisis supporting 21,300 refugees and internally displaced persons through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), protection, education, livelihoods, protection and social cohesion and gender justice projects.

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