About us

The Child Rights Club of the Olupe School in Ngariam, Uganda, gathers for a meeting, with support from LWF.

"Uphold the Rights of the Poor and Oppressed"

The Lutheran World Federation’s Department for World Service offices in Uganda and Burundi are dedicated to working against poverty, promoting justice and defending human rights. Encouraging community empowerment and self-reliance, DWS is committed to building people's capacity and competence to positively change their lives. LWF has been operating in Uganda since 1979 and in Burundi since 2006, and has programs in the thematic areas of returnee integration, sustainable livelihoods, community empowerment, emergency relief, water and sanitation,and HIV and AIDS.

In 2006, the LWF Burundi program was initiated with the Program for Peace, which worked
in the reintegration of refugees returning to the eastern provinces of Cankuzo and Ruyigi from
Tanzania. LWF worked in areas including emergency food aid, basic necessities, and livelihood support in order to facilitate successful reintegration.

The Program for Peace phased out in June 2011 and LWF now focuses on the longer-term goals of community empowerment and development, with 4,143 direct rights holders and 25,000 indirect beneficiaries across three projects. LWF Burundi’s two main projects are the Community Empowerment Project (CEP) and the Haguruka Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). LWF helps repatriates as well as their host communities access basic human rights, practice sustainable agriculture, and improve their livelihoods.

LWF is committed to empowering vulnerable, marginalized, and displaced communities to achieve self-reliance by transitioning from relief to development interventions, which will enable people to take direct control of their livelihoods to reduce human suffering and poverty. LWF envisions communities living in peace, justice, and with dignity, having access to opportunities for growth and realization of full potential.

Since operations first began in 1979, LWF Uganda has both expanded and adapted its program to the changing contexts in Uganda. LWF Uganda has provided support to communities devastated by civil war, villages destroyed by tribal conflict, families affected by drought and flooding, and individuals struggling to reach self-sufficiency. Despite enduring many hardships, the people of Uganda have responded to such difficulties with strength and resilience, determined to uphold their dignity.
Recognizing the crucial importance of linking short term relief work with long term sustainable development activities, LWF Uganda has made enduring commitments to the individuals and communities we work with: supporting them in times of emergency, assisting them to recover once the emergency has subsided, and encouraging them to feel empowered to advocate for their rights and build self-reliant lives.
We are a learning organization, committed to the constantly improving our work and increasing our impact. With over thirty years experience working in Uganda, a team of over 180 employees – 97% of whom are employed locally – we have sound experience and in-depth knowledge of local issues and are continually working to develop long-term, sustainable solutions to these challenges.

Thank you to our partners.



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