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CWS Helping Chile audio slideshow
Photo: REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Cabellero courtesy

CWS Helping Chile  Emergency preparedness training for CWS partners makes a critical difference!  View our audio slideshow.

East Syracuse Minoa School students and CWS's Amy Manning
Photo: Stevi Wilson

Show & Tell -  Discover how you and others are helping CWS respond to needs in Haiti.  And please continue to email us photos, captions and your thoughts.

Immigration reform now video

Immigration Reform Now! - CWS's Rev. John L. McCullough calls for an immigration system that works for everyone:  See video.

CROP Hunger Walk

Picturing CROP Hunger Walks -  Email us your best Spring 2010 CROP Hunger Walk photos for inclusion in a new slideshow!


Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Photo: Bruce Gillette

The Power of Song
A reflection from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, author of the hymn "In Haiti, There Is Anguish." >>

An inspirational walk

An Inspirational Walk
The Vi Jones Fullerton CROP Hunger Walk is a shining example of aiming high in the spring 2010 season. >>


Make a Donation
Support CWS life-changing relief and development programs around the world. >>

Assemble CWS Kits
We urgently need all types of CWS Kits to keep up with current demand. >>

Speak Out!
There are several ways you can send a clear message on the urgency of immigration reform. >>

Offer Comfort
Make a Lenten gift to provide comfort and protection through CWS Blankets+ program. >>

Plan for the Future
Leave a legacy of hope for future generations:  CWS planned gift opportunities. >>

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


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MARCH 2010


Clean water: Essential in Haiti and around the world
Clean water for a young survivor in Haiti
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Monday, March 22, is World Water Day – a day to commemorate the importance of water throughout the world.  The theme for World Water Day 2010 is "Clean Water for a Healthy World," a reminder that 1.1 billion people in the world still rely on unsafe sources of drinking water.

In Haiti, CWS-supported efforts are providing clean water to survivors of the devastating January 12 earthquake.  Read more.


Women play a central role in the CWS mission
Maureen from Kisumu, Kenya
Photo: Henry Jones

Empowering women is a smart investment in greater economic security and self-reliance for them, their families, and their communities.  This fact is borne out by the experience of Maureen, a 24-year-old woman living in Kisumu, Kenya.  Her life showed every sign of spiraling downward following a series of deaths in the family, including both her parents.  Eventually, she was forced to drop out of high school.

But Maureen's fortunes started to improve when she learned about "Giving Hope," the Church World Service-supported program that assists and empowers young people who have become the primary caregivers for their families.  Maureen joined the Giving Hope program's Nyawita Initiative Working Group.  And that was just the beginning.  Read more.

The power of partnership in Haiti
Relief aid is distributed in Jacmel
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Since the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, the need for Haitian nationals and non-Haitians to work together has been at the heart of CWS relief and recovery work.  As the recent disaster clearly demonstrates, such partnerships must be at the center of any organization's emergency response.  Learn more.

Cultural Orientation: Preparing refugees for the trip of a lifetime
Refugees prepare for resettlement in U.S.
Photo: Joanne Mugambi, C.O. trainer

Imagine you're planning to visit a country for the first time.  Most likely you'll "read up" on your destination's food and customs, where to stay, how to get around and what to pack.

Now imagine you're a refugee approved for permanent resettlement to the United States.  The questions about your destination multiply:  How will I find work?  Learn English?  Enroll my children in school?  Make friends?

Where can you find help with these questions before you leave?  Pre-departure Cultural Orientation sessions and materials provide a start at the answers.  Learn more.

Broadway stars fill the night with music for Haiti relief
Judy McLane, Beth Leavel and Allison Briner of Broadway's Mamma Mia! at the Haiti benefit concert
Photo: Bruce Pomerantz

A veritable galaxy of stars of the Broadway stage, the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall came together on February 21 for a benefit concert, "Sending our Love to Haiti."

The real stars of the evening, though, were the churches, synagogues and mosque of northern New Jersey that organized the event to support relief efforts for survivors of the January earthquake in Haiti.  Read more.

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