The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

Program Overview

It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar.

The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

When she reached the first hills of the Italic Mountains, she had a last view back on the skyline of her hometown Bookmarksgrove, the headline of Alphabet Village and the subline of her own road, the Line Lane. Pityful a rethoric question ran over her cheek, then she continued her way. On her way she met a copy.

Our Vision

People of the world, living in just societies in peace and dignity, united in diversity and empowered to achieve their full potential, claim their universal rights, meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life.

Our Mission

Inspired by God’s love for humanity, World Service responds to and challenges the causes and effects of human suffering and poverty.

Our Core Values
  • Dignity and justice

  • Compassion and commitment

  • Respect for diversity

  • Inclusion and participation

  • Transparency and accountability

Our Core Commitments

Human rights

Human rights are at the core of all that World Service stands for, its actions and operations. The respect for human rights is fundamental to people being able to move out of poverty, to bring about justice and peace and for development to be sustainable.As a humanitarian organization, we promote and adhere to international humanitarian law in our work for the benefit of the population we work with.


World Service assists affected people, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion, race or political conviction. Assistance is provided in response and relative to need, without discrimination or favoritism.

Accountability to the communities we assist

As outlined in World Service’s Accountability Framework, we are committed to being accountable to the populations and communities our programs assist. We strive to achieve a culture of accountability at all levels—through leadership, policies, management systems and field practices. In 2012, World Service received the 2010 Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) Standard in Accountability and Quality Management certification. In the coming years, we will continue to strengthen accountability practice, articularly in the areas of information sharing, participation and complaints handling mechanisms.

Gender justice

Unequal power relations between women and men result in the unequal distribution of wealth and access to opportunities. The human rights of women and girls must be fully implemented (as must those of men and boys). It is vital clearly to understand the roles and responsibilities of women and men in a community. Since the role of women is central to development, the equal participation of women must be ensured. Therefore, we include gender perspectives in all aspects of our work and undertake specific advocacy and awareness raising activities to change attitudes and practices as well as to institutionalize gender justice. Moreover, we support the empowerment of women by providing and conceiving specific opportunities and projects for women.

Climate justice and environmental protection

In light of the escalating effects of climate change on poor and marginalized populations and the frequency and scale of disasters and emergencies, World Service prioritizes adaptation activities and promotes mitigation initiatives. We are committed to incorporating concern for the environment into all development decisions and operations aiming at behavioral change and reducing vulnerability. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is used as standard procedure at program and project levels to assess the environmental impact of our development activities and adopt environmentally responsible and sustainable development strategies.

Our Approach

Community-based empowerment approach

Empowerment is both a means and an end in LWF World Service’s work with communities. This implies consulting the people first, considering the impact of decisions and activities on the people and enabling them fully to participate in and own these activities. We engage with communities in ways that enhance and build on people’s competencies and capacities so that they can direct their own development, both as individuals and as participating members of families, groups and communities.
LWF World Service encourages community participation and supports the development of local networks and structures as means to strengthen local civil society. We partner with and work through local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and support and promote local leadership in order to achieve sustainable development.

Rights-based approach

All human beings have the right to a life in dignity. People who are oppressed, vulnerable and poor are not objects of charity but rights holders. The emphasis on human rights in the context of development helps us to focus on the structural inequities that cause and perpetuate impoverishment and exclusion, so that the root causes of poverty and exclusion receive proper attention. Within the Framework of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), LWF World Service raises awareness and advocates for people’s rights at all levels. A rights-based approach implies empowerment and action. At the same time, assisting communities acquire knowledge and skills leads to changed attitudes and transforming people into informed decision makers and active citizens. Active citizens are able to challenge policies or actions and existing structures on the basis of principles such as equality, inclusiveness, diversity and social justice.

Programmatic integration

LWF World Service emphasizes that some actions are interlinked with or affect other areas of its programmatic work. Environmental issues, gender justice, protection and other thematic areas are considered integral parts of all actions undertaken in any given sector. As a result, many development initiatives can be designed in such a way that a positive impact on multiple aspects of community life is safeguarded. Emergency relief, rehabilitation, development and disaster preparedness efforts are complex processes that are intrinsically linked, and not always linear. LWF World Service facilitates the empowerment of local people from the very beginning in its emergency operations in order to enhance and sustain local capacity. Bridging the gap between emergency response and development is one of our key areas of competence.