Since 2006 in Colombia and 2019 in Venezuela, the LWF Colombia - Venezuela program responds to various emergencies and needs caused by armed conflict, natural disasters, and migration, supporting affected ethnic communities, peasants, migrants, and local leaders. In 2021, the country program enabled 39,000 people to have access to safe water and acquire hygiene habits. It also helped improve livelihoods and disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies. In addition, protection and social cohesion projects are implemented using a community-based approach to foster a culture of peace and conflict transformation. In Venezuela, the country program works with local partners, supporting them in situation analysis and in the implementation of a multi-sectoral response to the humanitarian crisis.
LWF Colombia - Venezuela’s work relies on three strategic areas of intervention as laid out in the 2019-2024 Country Strategy: Livelihoods and Climate Justice, Quality Humanitarian Services, Protection and Social Cohesion. Additionally, the country program focuses on Gender Justice and Youth Empowerment as particular areas of increased impact.
Update: 29 January 2023
Comunidades de la vida - Communities of Life
LWF works with indigenous communities living by the Chocó river. During the rainy season, the river grows and floods the village, destroying water reserves and increasing the risk of water-borne diseases. The water displaces land mines and breeds mosquitoes, which transmit tropical fevers like malaria. It also destroys local freshwater reserves. LWF funded by the Church of Sweden and ECHO provided water tanks and mosquito nets and trained people in disaster risk reduction. Communities are supported in building structures of self-governance to easier support each other.
What we do in Colombia and Venezuela
Partners and donors
ACT Church of Sweden
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)
European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)
LWF German National Committee
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
République et Canton de Genève
US Government (Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, PRM)
Photo: LWF/A. Hillert