Country Program

Welcoming refugees, supporting communities at risk.

In Cameroon since 2014, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) World Service responds to internal needs caused by crises and conflicts in neighboring countries. It assists refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities, and returnees.  

LWF improves these communities’ access to education and vocational training as well as other livelihood opportunities. At the same time, social cohesion and conflict prevention activities ensure the sustainability of these achievements.   

Jointly with LWF Chad, the program in Cameroon supports gender-transformative climate nature-based solution and adaptation around Lake Chad that increases climate-resilient food systems, livelihoods, and environmental and human well-being. The project takes place both in Chad (Chari Baguirmi, N’Djamena and Lake Chad) and Cameroon (Far North).  

Update 9 February 2023 

Making Minawao Refugee Camp Green Again: New Trees, New Hope

A little over a year after planting trees in and around the Minawao Refugee Camp in Northern Cameroon, the new forest is growing, improving the land and lives of the people living there.


Produced by: LandLife

In three years, refugees transformed a desert landscape in Minawao, Cameroon, into a luscious green oasis with the support of the LWF Cameroon and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“We have shade from the sun, the soil has improved and the trees attract water” said Lydia Youcoubou, a Nigerian refugee.

What we do in Cameroon

Partners and donors

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

Act Church of Sweden 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief 

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Evangelical Church in Wurttemberg 


Kerk in Actie 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

World Food Program


Help us make a difference in the lives of people in need in Cameroon and other places throughout the world.

benefited from LWF support services in 2021
were sensitized on peaceful cohabitation
received livelihoods support
received educational support

Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert