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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.

Where We Work

Please find below highlights on CLWR's current humanitarian assistance, development and food security projects (as of January 2017).

Many of our projects are funded by the Canadian federal and provincial governments through grants made directly to CLWR or through our partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank.



Improved Learning Environments for Children in Irbid Governorate (ILEC)

December 2015--December 2019

With funding from Global Affairs Canada the ILEC project will improve access to quality learning and teaching environments and strengthen school staffs' ability to respond to students' hygiene and psychosocial needs.



Emergency and Resilience-Building Assistance to Internally Displaced Iraqis

April 2016--March 2017

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, this project provides support for displaced Iraqis through the provision of hygiene kits, community-based mental health/psychosocial support, and upgrades to public water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure.



Lalibela Food Security

November 2014--October 2017

This project will help families in Ethiopia improve their access to sustainable food sources. Project activities include construction of two small irrigation schemes, agricultural and marketing training, and natural resource conservation. It is funded by Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Aura National Regional State of Ethiopia.


Demale: Small-scale Irrigation-based Development Project

January 2016--December 2018

In response to the ongoing drought in the Berhale District, this project will employ community members to develop irrigable land along the Demale River through a food-for-work program. This project is funded by Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Aura National Regional State (ANRS Ethiopia).




Empowering Youth in Adjumani District: A Solutions-oriented Approach

April 2016--March 2017

The project will provide livelihood training to South Sudanese refugee youth and young members of the local community. As well, households fostering unaccompanied minors, separated children and child-headed households will receive shelter, latrines and cash assistance. It is funded by Global Affairs Canada.



Christian Children's Education in Chinandega


This project supports the after-school education programs run by Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua through the provision of scholarships as well as items like uniforms, shoes and school supplies.



Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance

May 2015--June 2019

CLWR is supporting those who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan through two projects:

  1. Supporting long-term sustainable livelihood solutions with a focus on livelihood diversification, strengthening of primary livelihoods, and reinforcement of disaster preparedness strategies (May 2015--July 2016)
  2. A four-year project supporting long-term recovery on Panay Island by improving people's economic wellbeing.


Palestinian territories

Lutheran World Federation-Vocational Training Program

CLWR supports job training for Palestinian youth in fields such as carpentry, auto-mechanics, telecommunications, plumbing and central heating, catering and vocational secretary training. CLWR and the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation supported 35 internships from 2013-15, and CLWR will be contributing more than $176,000 to a sports field, including locker rooms and seating, to serve more than 500 youth studying at the Beit Hanina Vocational Training Centre.


Augusta Victoria Hospital

The hospital is a program of Lutheran World Federation-Jerusalem and serves Palestinians in need of life-saving specialized care. CLWR received a $610,000 grant from the Canadian government to refurbish and expand the sub-acute care wing of the hospital in 2008. Recently, over $600,000 has been raised by Canadian Lutherans to build an Elder Care and Palliative Medicine Institute at the hospital.



Fort McMurray Wildfires

CLWR will contribute to long-term recovery in Fort McMurray through local partner organizations that are experts in domestic disaster response in areas such as psycho-social support.


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