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CWS Responds in Haiti - CWS Emergency Response Director Donna Derr talks about the provision of food, water and more in this brief audio slideshow with photos from CWS, Paul Jeffrey/ACT and Reuters (courtesy

Family in temporary shelter
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT

Show & Tell: How is your congregation or group helping CWS respond to needs in Haiti?  Send photos, captions and your thoughts to and visit our new page.

Park Central Presbyterian Church
Photo: J. Andrew McTyre


Make a Donation - Support CWS relief and recovery efforts in Haiti or support our life-changing programs around the world.

Assemble CWS Kits - To meet current demand, we urgently need all types of CWS Kits >>

Speak Out! - Contact President Obama and urge him to seek the cancellation of Haiti's foreign debt >>

Spend the Year with CWS - The 2010 CWS calendar is a vivid look at CWS work around the world (now only $5) >>


Empowering People - A reflection from Lynn Magnuson, CWS Pacific Northwest Regional Director >>


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Haiti:  Local ties make for an effective response

Unloading emergency relief supplies
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

CWS's long ties to communities in Haiti have laid the groundwork for an effective response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that leveled the Haitian capital and surrounding communities.  "The fact that our local partners know their neighborhoods and, even as people are displaced, have the connections to locate them allows for effective distribution," notes CWS's Don Tatlock from Port-au-Prince, one week after the devastating Jan. 12 quake.  Read more.
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"I wanted to give to someone who's really doing something."

Students collect funds for CWS Haiti response
Photo: Hector Junco

Two grassroots fundraisers held in Miami, Florida, collected nearly $2,500 for the Haitian earthquake response work of Church World Service.  On January 17, Zu Galeria Fine Arts hosted a one-day sale of art by Julio Gonzalez Consuegra, who donated 100 percent of his profits – close to $1,100 – to CWS.  Gallery owner Manny Lopez said the artist "wanted to donate his work to an organization helping Haiti.  I thought of Church World Service right away."  One day earlier, Adrian Durañona, CWS-Miami Cuban-Haitian Processing Caseworker and a student at Florida International University, organized a street-corner collection that brought in nearly $1,400.   Read the full story.


Personal reflection on the disaster in Haiti

Church World Service extends its condolences, prayers and support for the people of Haiti during this time of national tragedy.  Our hearts go out to those who have learned of the death of loved ones and to those who have sustained injury.   Read more.


Hymn:  In Haiti, There Is Anguish
A hymn in support of those suffering in Haiti from the January 12, 2010 earthquake
See also a version with music, posted by the UMC Worship Office

Bulletin Insert:  Haiti needs your help!
Captivating photo and essential information on the recent disaster for you and your community.
Download a PDF copy:  Color | Black & White

A Prayer after the Earthquake in Haiti
By Diana Macalintal, Diocese of San Jose.  Used with permission
Download a PDF copy:  In English | En Español | En français

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