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  • Stories
  • Interactive gallery
  • Take action
  • A personal interview
  • Connect with us

INTERACTIVE GALLERY

Oh Mamma - View this and several other compelling Haiti videos on our YouTube channel.

Marie and her daughter
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT


Show & Tell: Find out how you and others are helping CWS respond to needs in Haiti.  Please continue to send photos, captions and your thoughts to us at info@churchworldservice.org.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
Photo: Dennise Kraus


TAKE ACTION

Honor Your Valentine - Give your loved one a unique and life-saving gift this Valentine's Day from our Best Gift catalog. >>

Make a Donation - Support CWS life-changing relief and development 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 thank him for his support of the cancellation of Haiti's foreign debt. >>

Bonus4Haiti - Sign our petition urging corporate leaders to give generously and tithe their bonuses for recovery efforts in Haiti. >>

Be a Shepherd of Hope! - Become a monthly giver to CWS and help build a world where there's enough for all. >>


INTERVIEW

Fighting Hunger - CWS Deputy Director Maurice Bloem and nutrition expert Julia Suryantan discuss CWS's commitment as a leader in the battle against hunger. >>


CONNECT WITH US

Keep up with our latest developments in Haiti and around the world and share with your friends:
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FEBRUARY 2010

FEATURE STORY

Haiti relief continues full throttle despite challenges

Haitian boy with CWS blanket
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

HAITI–Church World Service continues to provide emergency assistance to earthquake survivors–some $1 million thus far, beginning within 24 hours of the quake.  Thousands of CWS Hygiene Kits, CWS Baby Care Kits, CWS Blankets, tents, food and medicines have been distributed.  CWS continues to reach out to people in need.  Additional CWS Hygiene Kits, food, tents and CWS Blankets are currently on the way.  Read more.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Don't forget Darfur, says CWS

Girl in camp for internally displaced in Sudan
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT

After nearly seven years, is Darfur in danger of becoming a forgotten emergency?  "Funding for humanitarian work in the region has decreased substantially since the conflict first came to international attention," notes Nyika Musiyazwiriyo.  Yet, "many thousands of people in Darfur still need support each day to access basic and vital things like clean water, food, and health care."   Read the full story.

Art helps break bondage in Pakistan

Children in Pakistan face a brighter future
Photo: Matt Hackworth/CWS

The stars shine even brighter on the edge of the desert in Biel, Pakistan, where Raja dreams of flying through the night sky as a pilot.  The 17-year-old couldn't have even imagined it until recently, as he is among the first generation in Biel to enjoy freedom from bonded labor.  "Before we used to have constant pressure," says the shy teenager. "It was sort of a prison."   Read more.

IMMIGRATION & REFUGEE PROGRAM

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2010 - "A place to call home"

Join more than 700 grassroots advocates, church leaders, policymakers and representatives from global regions Mar. 19-22, in Washington, D.C., as Congress is expected to take up the issue of immigration reform.  Under the theme "A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees and Displaced People," conferees will explore how U.S. policies can be transformed to make a place for the displaced and to secure the rights of the uprooted.   Read more.

Final wave of Vietnamese refugees reaching the U.S.

Bus orientation for Vietnamese refugees
Photo courtesy JuEun An

A recent dinner party at the home of Porter and Marty Halyburton in Greensboro, North Carolina, included a notable moment: One American and four Vietnamese veterans of the Vietnam War, all former prisoners of war, raised a toast to freedom. These Vietnamese men and their families, all of whom have resettled to the United States since August 2009, are among the last wave of the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees resettled to the United States.   Read more.

See also:
•  35 years of Vietnamese refugee resettlement
•  Korean student volunteers with Vietnamese refugees


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