Where we work

World Service is present in 25 countries in Africa, Asia including the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Currently, LWF World service is present across 19 programs in 25 countries in Africa Asia, Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

LWF World Service works in the midst of some of the most intractable and challenging humanitarian and development situations globally, always focuses on the human being.

Our staff work in environments, which are unstable, and often impacted by violence and unrest.

Angola

Photo: LWF/O. Schnoebelen

Country Program

LWF Angola is the longest serving international NGO in the country since establishing relief operations in 1986.

Burundi Péline cooperative

Members of Péline’s cooperative make woven baskets for additional income. Photo: LWF/L. Gillabert

Country Program

As Burundi continues to recover from civil unrest, the country’s peace remains fragile. Political instability is an ongoing issue, and economic challenges loom following the 15-year conflict. 

Cameroon

Nigerian refugee sews a skirt to be sold at the marketplace in Minawao, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

Country Program

Present in Cameroon since 2014, the LWF responds to internal needs generated by crises and conflicts in neighboring countries. It thus helps Nigerian and Central African refugees, but also internally displaced persons, local communities and returnees.

Central African Republic

Traders in front of their stand. Photo: LWF Central African Republic

Country Program

Following a March 2013 military coup, the Central African Republic saw an escalation of violence that often targeted civilians. We are assisting internally displaced people (IDPs), affected communities and those returning home in the Nana Mambéré, Ouham Pendé, Mambere Kadei and Sangha Mbaere prefectures in the west of the country, with a focus on:

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

Church in Guatemala. Photo: LWF Central America

Country Program

The social, economic, environmental, and political conditions in Central America make it one of the most vulnerable regions in the world.We are advocates on critical regional issues including human rights, food security, regional financial policy, and climate justice. The LWF supports regional disaster risk reduction initiatives by developing the capacity of our local partners.

Chad
Chad

Country Program

Chad has experienced chronic instability since its independence in 1960 and was heavily affected by conflicts in neighbouring countries like Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya and more recently Northern Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger (Boko Haram conflict). The LWF works together with refugees and host communities to help meet urgent and long-term priorities. We distribute both food and household items to refugees and Chadian nationals displaced from the conflict in the Central African Republic.

Colombia-Venezuela
Colombia-Venezuela

Country Program

In November 2016 in Colombia, the Final Peace Agreement was signed with the FARC-EP, the oldest guerrilla movement in Latin America. However, today the notion of peace is far away for the regions most affected by the war. We carry out development and humanitarian work based on a human rights perspective, focused on communities and the interconnection of social, environmental, cultural, and economic issues in the territories where they live.

Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Country Program

Tigray's conflict turned violent in November 2020, when the Federal government and the Tigray regional forces clashed, causing massive displacement. In our work with rural Ethiopian communities, the LWF assists with agricultural development through inputs, small-scale irrigation schemes, training and technical support, and veterinary support. We also partner with communities on water sustainability through water user associations, water facilities, and training in water supply management.

Haiti
Haiti

Country Program

Haiti has also reported the first cases of COVID-19, and also one death related to the pandemic. Haiti is a region prone to natural disaster. Situated in a hurricane corridor and on a continental rift, the country suffers frequent tropical storms, earthquakes and drought on top of political instability and weak government structures. Shocks by climate change threaten more than half a million Haitians each year. LWF has been present in Haiti since 1995, helping the people rebuild their houses and livelihoods after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Iraq
Iraq

Country Programs

The humanitarian crisis in Northern Iraq, instigated by ISIS’ capture of Mosul in June 2014 has destroyed homes, infrastructures, and economies and caused displacement, violence, loss of lives and livelihoods, social tensions, strained resources, and uncertainty. The LWF has intervened in Iraq since 2014, supporting internally displaced people, host communities and Syrian refugees.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem

Country Programs

The work of the LWF Jerusalem Program started in 1948 as a refugee operation and continues, over 70 years later, to serve the Palestinian people. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the ongoing blockade of the Gaza strip, and a series of failed peace processes have led to a protracted protection crisis, affecting all parts of the lives of the approximately 5 million Palestinians.

Jordan
Jordan

Country Programs

The conflict in Syria is entering its tenth year, and it is a protracted crisis. Following an invitation by the local Lutheran Church, LWF has been active in Jordan since 2012. Over this period of operation, LWF Jordan has built up a track record in three programmatic areas: Livelihoods, Quality Services (Education) and Protection & Social Cohesion, targeting Syrian and Iraqi refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. LWF is present in local communities and in the Zaatari camp.

Kenya-Djibouti-Somalia
Kenya-Djibouti-Somalia

Country Program

As a result of neighboring conflicts and regional drought, Kenya hosts close to 450,000 refugees and Djibouti hosts some 25,000. In response to decades-long displacement, the LWF works with refugee and host communities to support their needs and to protect their human rights.

Laos
Laos

Country Program

As the Lao People's Democratic Republic continues to grow economically, many challenges remain for the rural poor to realize fully some most basic rights: education, livelihoods, public health. The LWF partners with rural communities to help them realize their full potential to develop in sustainable ways.

Mauritania
Mauritania

Country Program

The country of Mauritania continues to be affected by political instability and regional insecurity. The presence of armed groups in northern Mali has led to the displacement of tens of thousands into Mauritania, and an increase in military activity in the border area. As the LWF partners with the people of Mauritania, we engage in both long-term development assistance and humanitarian action. We work through local partners and communities to support locally owned livelihood development, disaster risk reduction and preparedness, and health awareness.

Myanmar
Myanmar

Country Program

The marked political progress witnessed in Myanmar over the past several years has created new opportunities for a more open and democratic society. Yet such progress must be balanced against the reality of 60 years of military rule still shaping the mindset of the government and the country’s citizens. As the people of Myanmar rebuild and strengthen their country, the LWF focuses our community-based efforts on emergency response, livelihood and food security, water sanitation and hygiene, disaster risk reduction, and human rights.

Nepal
Nepal

Country Program

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has been working in Nepal since 1984 with refugees, hosts, displaced (IDPs) and people at risk with socioeconomic, and climate and disaster vulnerabilities. Voice and participation of the right holders have been enhanced through community-based organizations to ensure equal access to livelihoods, quality services, and protection and social cohesion.

Multipurpose Cash Assistance Enrolment Center (MPCA) started functioning in Wroclaw for refugees who have fled from Ukraine after the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. The center supports thousands of refugees in Wroclaw and neighboring areas with emergency assistance through cash for three months. Photo: LWF

Multipurpose Cash Assistance Enrolment Center (MPCA) started functioning in Poland for refugees who have fled from Ukraine after the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. The center supports thousands of refugees in Wroclaw and neighboring areas with emergency assistance through cash for three months. Photo: LWF

Emergency Response

When Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, it caused massive displacement. Within only a few weeks, more than 8 million people crossed the border from Ukraine to neighboring countries. About half of them, 4 million people, have crossed to Poland so far, and 1.2 million have been officially registered as refugees (data UNHCR, 13 June 2022).

LWF member churches provided support to the refugees from the first day of the war, welcoming people at the border, supporting them with much-needed items and organizing shelter.

Kenya-Djibouti-Somalia
Kenya-Djibouti-Somalia

Country Program

South Sudan gained its independence in 2011. The peace deal ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. Soon tensions flared up between different parties in South Sudan, culminating in another wave of civil war starting in December 2013. Subsequently, South Sudan has become one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. LWF supports child protection with direct support to vulnerable and at-risk children in the mandated camps in Jamjang county, while also mainstreaming protection and psychosocial wellbeing in all the locations where LWF supports education programs.

Uganda
Uganda

Country Program

The LWF works through a variety of programs to help Ugandans – both young and old – achieve their rights and develop sustainably. We help local grassroots and district structures to organize and manage areas such as livelihoods, water and sanitation, health, and environmental management.