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Meeting the immediate needs of people affected by humanitarian crises and providing emergency relief following a natural disaster

CLWR provides humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced people who have had to leave their homes for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, such as in situations of conflict, their departure can be sudden and there isn’t enough time to pack the items they need. Not knowing how long they’ll be away from home can also be a challenge.

We work primarily with refugees and internally displaced people to ensure that their immediate needs are met and support them as they adjust to their new circumstances. The construction of shelters and latrines keeps people safe and healthy. Job training provides new ways of earning an income so people can support themselves and their families. Food assistance helps families meet their food and nutrition needs and cash assistance helps families cover expenses such as rent and healthcare.

In the long-term, our sustainable development projects help equip people with the resources and skills they need to meet the needs of their communities.

Emergency relief

Following a natural disaster such as an earthquake or typhoon, CLWR helps meet people’s needs in the short-term ranging from food and water to shelter to hygiene kits. In the long-term, we support people as they strengthen their livelihoods and prepare for future disasters that may occur.

Where we work

Currently CLWR has humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and development projects in the following countries:

Antsar and family

Your support in action

As of 2015, approximately 3.2 million Iraqis were internally displaced as a result of conflict and violence in the country. Antsar and her family are among those who fled their home in Mosul after hearing that the Islamic State was coming. They expected to be away from home for only a few days but that period stretched into more than a year.

“We thought we would be gone only one day or two,” says Antsar. “We didn’t even bring clothes for the children. We didn’t know.”

Her family is living in a church compound along with other internally displaced people. CLWR made life more bearable by building community kitchens and latrines, and providing harsh weather supplies such as blankets and heaters. With support from Canadian Lutherans and funding from the Canadian government, over 24,000 displaced Iraqis have received assistance through this project, which is implemented by Lutheran World Federation Iraq.