When she reached the first hills of the Italic Mountains, she had a last view back on the skyline of her hometown Bookmarksgrove, the headline of Alphabet Village and the subline of her own road, the Line Lane.

Together for Those in Need

Partners and Networks

The LWF Department for World Service works through strategic partnerships and networks that are guided by internationally recognized codes, principles, and guidelines in humanitarian assistance and international development.

We are a founding member of the ACT Alliance – one of over 130 church-related organizations responding together to human need and addressing injustice. We often take the lead when ACT members respond to a crisis on the ground or advocate for human rights and sustainable change. The alliance provides the ecumenical movement with structures to mobilize rapidly in response to disasters – and to improve collaboration on development and advocacy issues. The LWF is often a leading ACT member on the ground in emergency and humanitarian response, and helps provide leadership through the ACT governance. ACT Alliance

The United Nations High Commissariat for Refugees (UNHCR) works to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. The LWF has a long-standing history and partnership with UNHCR. Currently, we are their fifth largest partner globally, supporting 1.4 million refugees in 2012. Our work with UNHCR includes refugee camp management, shelter, food distribution, water and sanitation, education, and community services – including support to host communities. We also engage in efforts to build peace, security, and protection for vulnerable groups. In addition, we advocate for pro-refugee policies at the national and international level. In 2012, new refugee operations were started in Jordan, Mauritania, South Sudan and Uganda. We partner in on-going and expanding operations in Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nepal.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) of the United States Department of State provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict, and stateless people around the world. The LWF has been implementing BPRM-funded projects with refugees for the past 15 years, primarily through US-based Lutheran World Relief. Through this partnership, we have supported refugees in Kenya, Djibouti, Mauritania, and Nepal, and returnees in South Sudan. As part of our funding diversification strategy, LWF World Service is now registered with the US Department of State and able to pursue direct applications to BPRM in the future.

LWR | Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, US Department of State

Islamic Relief is an independent non-governmental organisation that  strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and diseases worldwide without regard to colour, race or creed and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief's work is inspired by the Islamic faith and envisages a caring world where communities are empowered, social obligation sare fulfilled and people respond as one to the duffering of others. In 2014, LWF signed a global MoU with Islamic Relief, recognising shared core values and formalising the agencies' commitment to cooperation and partnership.


Church of Sweden (CoS) wants to contribute to just, peaceful, safe democratic societies in which human beings are respected and defended. The work is directed towards the process of building strong and relevant actors in civil society institutions as it is to empowering people to defend their dignity and claim their rights. Empowerment is an important step towards alleviating poverty. It is equally important that working for democracy, peace and justice implies working with advocacy and building awareness.

The Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) is the overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia. It operates under a constitution approved by the General Synod of the LCA, and is consistent with the objects of the LCA Constitution. ALWS  contributes to the collaborative strengths and experiences of the international network of LWF and Field Programs. We partner with ALWS in Burundi,  South Sudan, Mozambique, Kenya, Nepal and Cambodia.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the biggest denominations in the United States . ELCA has a long history of working closely with communities to help where needs are the greatest. ELCA focuses both on immediate response and long-term assistance, particularly on the prevention of Malaria and HIV/AIDS, and the promotion of food security.  ELCA and LWF partner in the South Sudan crisis and in Kenya ELCA provides protection and support to newly arrived refugees at Kakuma Refugee Camp. ELCA

DanChurchAid (DCA) focuses on cooperation with local partners so that emergency and development work effectively targets the needed. DCA's work is concentrated on the right to food, HIV/AIDS prevention and the clearance of landmines. DCA is providing humanitarian assistance for people affected by the South Sudanese conflict, focusedon local reconciliation and working for peace, justice and protection of civilians. DCA

Menonnites Central Committee (MCC) is a global, nonprofit organization that partners with local churches and organizations to deliver relief and development projects with a central theme of peace.  The Committee works to support people in immediate need during times of crisis such as conflict, and works to minimize the impact of future disasters, such as those caused by climate change. MCC seeks long-term strengthening of people’s access to food and water, healthcare and education.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) is a part of the Social Service Agency of the German Protestant Church, providing humanitarian aid worldwide. DKH supports people who have experienced natural disasters, conflicts and displacement and require support to manage their subsequent emergency situation. DKH are concerned with helping people in great need worldwide, and respects the dignity of all people, regardless of skin colour, religion, ethnicity and nationality Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

Save the children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. They work in around 120 countries throughout the world to fight for children’s rights and to help them fulfill their potential, seeking immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children's work is concentrated on the access of children to education, health, protection and advocacy


UNICEF works to build a world where the rights of every child are realized. As the world's leading advocate for children, UNICEF ensures that more of the world’s children are fed, vaccinated, educated and protected, operating in more than 190 countries around the world. UNICEF influences laws, policies and customs to help protect children and have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. 

As a part of United Nations system, the World Food Program (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. WFP provides school meals, cash and vouchers for procurement of food, with a focus on the most marginalized.



The World Wide Education Project (WWEP) was established in 2014 to promote education. WWEP has four main aims: to design schools in challenging environments, to provide psychological support for teachers and pupils, to train teachers in pedagogy and curriculum subjects and to provide classroom supplies. WWEP mainly works in areas affected by conflict, poverty and underdevelopment, engaging with local partners so make sure help gets to the people most in need.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology  is a public university in Kenya with faculties spanning the education, health, agriculture, animal sciences, business, humanitarian and engineering fields of study. The University was awarded full accreditation in the 2007 and began a formal partnership with LWF in 2010, and has continued to provide opportunities for refugees in Kakuma, Dadaab and Djibouti to further their education.

The European Commission's Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) administers humanitarian aid on behalf of the EU. ECHO is one of the world's largest humanitarian donors. For more information on ECHO visit http://ec.europa.eu/echo/

ECHO is partnering with  the Lutheran World Federation Kenya- Djibouti program in collaboration with  Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS)  and Church of Sweden to implement a one-year action  in   Djibouti : Supporting Conflict-Affected Children through Education in Ali Addeh refugee camp, Djibouti from June 2016 to May 2017, and   a two year action in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya:  Supporting  conflict –affected children through education and psychosocial enhancement from June 2016 to  May 2018.