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Inspired by God's love for humanity, Canadian Lutheran World Relief challenges the causes and responds to the consequences of human suffering and poverty.

Give here to support refugees



Monday, June 20 marks World Refugee Day, a day when the international community celebrates the stories, the perseverance and the contributions of people who have been forcibly displaced.



Working with refugees is a large part of CLWR's work, and generous support from Canadians is helping make lives better. A shocking number of people—60 million—are forcibly displaced in the world today.*

Join us in praying for refugees, learning more about who they are and what they’ve experienced, and supporting them in their journey: 


  • Make Room at the Table: a mealtime activity 
  • Worship: Refugee Sunday resource (Pray)
  • Engage children & youth: School and Sunday school/youth group activities (Learn)
  • Share stories (Learn)
  • Attend a World Refugee Day event (Learn)
  • Give a Quick Kit: only $15 gives a refugee child a great start at school (Give)





Click here to download the Refugee Sunday worship resource.


Watch video messages from

National Bishop Susan C. Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, President of Lutheran Church-Canada








Engage children and youth with the experiences of refugees.

1. Sunday School Lesson: Refugee Life (can be adapted for children ages 4 and up)


2. Refugee role-playing scenarios

- Rasha, a young refugee in Kakuma Refugee Camp (approximately 7 and up)

- Refugee resettlement for Ishtar (approximately 11 and up)

3. Resources for school teachers from the Humanitarian Coalition a CLWR resource partner in World Refugee Day.


Read, watch and share stories about refugees.


A Syrian refugee tells of his experiences


  Mahdi, from South Sudan

CLWR/Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada/Lutheran Church-Canada sponsor a Syrian family in Winnipeg

Tarek and Fazia, from Syria

Raba'a, from Syria

Tesfahun Abrham, who works with refugees in Ethiopia

Layla, from Syria

Nyaring, from South Sudan

Benjamin, from South Sudan

Godfrey, from South Sudan

Antsar, from Iraq

Hannan, from Iraq

Elias, from Iraq

Sadiki, from the Democratic Republic of Congo


Watch a YouTube playlist with videos about refugee experiences and some of CLWR's work to support refugees.


Bust some myths.

Read and share some Refugee Sponsorship Mythbusters.







Only $15 gives a refugee child a great start at school.

Your financial donation covers the cost of a We Care backpack, the kit’s contents as well as transportation overseas to one of our supported projects. The Quick Kit is identical to the We Care Learning and Living Kit.


Or give to support refugees:

World Refugee Day appeal




Join CLWR and other refugee organizations to

Celebrate World Refugee Day

Nathan Phillips Square - Toronto City Hall

11 a.m.

Monday, June 20



CLWR will be involved in events in the Waterloo region, Ontario (click here for more information),

and in Vancouver, British Columbia (more information coming soon).

Many cities across Canada hold World Refugee Day events.

Watch events listings to get involved in your area!




More information


Where is CLWR supporting refugees and internally displaced people? We are currently supporting refugees and internally displaced people in Iraq, Uganda (for South Sudanese refugees) and Jordan (for Syrian refugees).

How can my congregation become a refugee sponsor?



*statistic is from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Global Appeal 2015 Update