In July 2020, the DIAKONIA World Federation (DWF) approved Kaiserswerther Schwesternschaft in Germany as a new member association, on the recommendation of DRAE (DIAKONIA Region of Africa Europe) Executive Committee. The Kaiserswerther Schwesternschaft is an evangelical sisterhood, with 74 members (mainly retired). Sr Ulrike Kellner served for many years as Secretary for DIAKONIA World Federation.
Actually, this 'new' member has a long history, dating back to 1836 and the pioneering work of Lutheran Pastor Theodor Fliedner in Kaiserswerth. Over the decades, an enormous range of services have been developed in the social, health and education sector, including aged care, children and youth, people with disabilities, vocational training, schools, day centres, and the Florence Nightingale hospital with general and specialist clinics. The work is overseen by a Board, and employs approximately 2,600 people. Due to a recent re-structure, it has been necessary to apply afresh for membership, as previously membership was through the Kaiserswerther Association.