A woman distributes soup in one of the "heating points" in Kharkiv that LWF supports.


Country Program

LWF responds to the war in Ukraine through two humanitarian country programs in Poland and Ukraine respectively, and through Lutheran churches in Ukraine itself and in the neighboring countries Poland, Slovak Republic, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia. 

The LWF Country Program in Ukraine mainly works on shelter rehabilitation in Kharkiv city and Kharkiv oblast (district) in the East of the country. Other areas of intervention include winterization (heating points), education/ school rehabilitation, Protection including Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Multipurpose Cash Assistance and Livelihoods. 

LWF Ukraine works with local authorities, partners and contractors. Partners include the Government of Ukraine, the City of Kharkiv, the city of Chernihiv, related agencies in the ACT Alliance, civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, and the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine, an LWF member church. 

LWF shelter rehabilitation project in Kharkiv

Mark Mullan, LWF team leader in Ukraine, presents the shelter rehabilitation project in Kharkiv. Together with UNHCR, LWF renovated 525 apartments that had been damaged in the war, enabling 1,500 people to return to their old homes.

Video: LWF/ Anatolyi Nazarenko

Partners and donors

LWF team leader Mark Mullan with UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi in Kharkiv. Photo: LWF/ Anatolyi Nazarenko
  • CT Alliance 
  • All We Can 
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief 
  • Cordaid
  • Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod 
  • Christian World Service 
  • Corus International / Lutheran World Relief
  • DAA-Austrian 
  • Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe 
  • Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland 
  • Evangelical Church of Brazil 
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria 
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg 
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland 
  • Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission 
  • German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine 
  • German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Humanosh Foundation 
  • Japan Lutheran Church 
  • Kerk in Actie 
  • Lutheran World Relief 
  • M Sansanaa 
  • Neighbor in Need 
  • Nezlamnyi Kharkiv 
  • Polska Akcja Humanitarna 
  • Relief Coordination Center
  • Spilna Sprava Dlia Liudei
  • United Church of Canada 
  • United Church of Christ, USA 
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • World of Neighbors 
  • Youth Council of Kharkiv
People internally displaced
rehabilitated in 2023
Supported in 2023

Photo: LWF/ Anatolyi Nazarenko