When a disaster hits – whether it’s a drought, tsunami or civil war – Lutheran World Relief works alongside communities over months and years to help them recover and adjust to new realities, ensuring that they are prepared to withstand the next unexpected challenge.
Regardless of whether those challenges are chronic or acute, Lutheran World Relief invests in communities to enable those living in extreme poverty to build the resilience they need to thrive.
Lutheran World Relief was founded in 1945 in response to a global emergency: the massive displacement of people across Europe resulting from the violence of World War II. Our portfolio soon expanded, both geographically as we began programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and programmatically, focusing much of our work on sustainable development. But emergency response remains a calling card for Lutheran World Relief.