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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.

About CLWR

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is one of Canada's most experienced relief and development agencies.

Formed in 1946 as a response to the humanitarian crisis in post-war Europe, CLWR has grown to serve the world's poor and disenfranchised through community development, refugee resettlement in Canada, emergency relief, and humanitarian aid shipments (We Care program).


CLWR is headquartered in Winnipeg with offices in Waterloo and Vancouver. Contact us.

CLWR is a registered charitable organization in Canada with an appointed board of directors. Funding and support come from members and congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), other Canadians of goodwill and various levels of government.

We are committed to programming excellence while maintaining minimal operating costs so that donor dollars are directed primarily to those in need. The financial support from CLWR donors is vital to the agency's ability to carry out its work of improving lives.

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A woman and her baby sit in their small shelter in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. CLWR supports refugees in Dadaab through its partnership with the Lutheran World Federation. Photo by ACT/Paul Jeffrey

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