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LWR & Emergency Operations

Natural and human-made disasters affect hundreds of millions of people each year, and the number of people at risk growing by 70-80 million annually.

The world’s poorest suffer most acutely, since they have the fewest resources to prepare for a crisis and to rebuild afterward.

LWR’s emergency operations are designed to address the most urgent and basic needs of these communities — including women and children, who are often the most vulnerable — while also promoting sustainable recovery and building resilience to future disasters.


LWR creates lasting partnerships with local communities throughout the world.

We help vulnerable communities:

  1. identify potential risks,
  2. build response capacities before emergencies,
  3. meet immediate needs following emergencies, and
  4. move toward long-term recovery and economic development.

Standards & Best Practices

LWR is committed to maintaining the highest standards in humanitarian response and attains to global best practices, including the Sphere Project and the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS).

Core Programs

Food Security

LWR provides families with sufficient, safe and nutritious foods via locally-appropriate interventions.

Limited or no access to food after a disaster highly compromises the livelihoods of families and communities.

Early Recovery and Livelihoods Restoration

Immediately after rapid response interventions, LWR supports local communities with sustainable recovery and works to reduce their vulnerability to future disasters.

Community engagement shifts the focus on people from being recipients of aid to being active players and leaders in determining their future.

Emergency and Transitional Shelter

LWR provides emergency and transitional shelter to people affected by disasters. 

If families require assistance in repairing or rehabilitating their damaged houses, LWR may also provide cash transfers and Non-Food Items (NFI). See below for more details.

Permanent shelter needs are also considered where appropriate.

Here’s how we provided shelter after Typhoon Haiyan»

After the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, LWR distributed food, NFIs, and other items.

Specific Interventions

Cash Transfers

Cash transfers address basic needs and protect, establish—or re-establish—livelihoods of people affected by disasters.

When conditions permit, cash transfers are effective. They allow recipients to make their own consumption decisions, with fewer of the complexities inherent in the distribution of food and non-food items.

Cash transfers also stimulate local markets, contributing to communities’ return to normalcy.

Food Distributions

LWR’s provides sufficient, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate food when needed.

Households may lose their food stocks in a flood or leave behind their food stocks and fields when fleeing to safety, or local markets may not be functional following an emergency.

Non-Food Items and Material Resources

LWR is in a unique position to reach highly vulnerable families whose immediate needs may not be met by other responders following an emergency.

As much as possible, LWR sources non-food items locally, as a strategy to support local economies.

When local, national or regional purchase proves difficult, LWR taps into donated goods to support others in their time of need. LWR prepositions Mission Quilts, Personal Care Kits and other items, within the United Nation’s Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD) network for rapid deployment and distribution.

Learn more about Quilts & Kits»

Cross-Cutting Themes

Emergency Preparedness, Capacity Building, and Quality & Accountability

LWR builds the capacity of its own country offices and partner organizations on humanitarian response and international quality and accountability standards, such as Sphere and CHS.

In order to efficiently and effectively provide emergency relief, responding agencies must be prepared before the hazard occurs.

This strengthens our collective humanitarian programming capacity in the short and long-term.