The governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador declared a state of emergency and LWF staff are living in strict quarantine in their houses.

Central America

Country Program

LWF Central America operates in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala (through the joint program 'JOTAY') and supports partners in Nicaragua. There, common threats to vulnerable populations include limited, fragmented economic growth; forced and voluntary migration; continued violation of basic human rights; militarization and insecurity; and natural disasters. As a response, LWF Central America conducts projects in the areas of food security, climate change, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), human rights and gender justice, migration and humanitarian assistance. In 2021, LWF Central America supported more than 29,000 people including different projects in response to COVID-19.

LWF Central America’s work relies on three strategic areas of intervention as defined in the 2019-2024 Country Strategy: Livelihoods, Quality Services and Protection and Social Cohesion. The country program’s implementation strategy is based on a “local to global” approach, supporting partner organizations and communities in various areas.

Updated: 12.2.2024

See how LWF trains children and teachers for natural disaster situations in El Salvador and Guatemala! This video describes the LWF project  "Reducing the Risk of Disaster for children in Vulnerable Situations against Socio-natural Threats in El Salvador and Guatemala", supported by Children of the World and the Church of Sweden. 

What we do in Central America

Partners and donors

María de los Ángeles Zavala now runs her own tortillas-making business. Photo: ICLH

Partners and donors 

ACT Alliance 

ACT Church of Sweden 

Bread for the World 

Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) 

Christian Aid 


Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria 

International Organization for Migration (IOM) 

LWF German National Committee 

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) 

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) 

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 


Help us make a difference in the lives of people in need in Central America.

Photo: LWF Central America