Life With Dignity, also known as LWD, or Angkar L as named by rural communities, is a local NGO serving vulnerable communities in Cambodia through rights-based empowerment approaches.
Rights-based integrated rural development empowers poor and vulnerable people to claim their universal rights. LWD understands that poor communities face major challenges in their lives and are owners to their solution.
The work of LWD originated in 1979, through the Lutheran World Service (LWS) Cambodia (1979 -1992), a field program of Lutheran World Federation, which focused on emergency relief, demining and resettlement. In 1993, the program was renamed as Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Cambodia Program (1993 – 2010), and shifted focus to supporting rural development.
As local management and leadership strengthened, LWF was localized in 2011, and has continued to focus on the existing core values of justice, equality, people’s participation, and transparency and accountability.