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IN THIS ISSUE

  •  Stories
  •  Interactive gallery
  •  Reflections
  •  Take action
  •  Connect with us

 

INTERACTIVE GALLERY

CWS Helping Guatemala audio slideshow
Photo: Sara Taveras & Doug Smith

An empowered youth
CWS work in local communities in Guatemala has made a lasting impact across the nation, including the life of a young man named Juan.  View our audio slideshow.


One Rhythm, One World video
Photo: ACT Alliance

One rhythm, one world - An inspirational music video displaying the reach of the newly launched ACT Alliance, of which CWS is a founding member.


CROP Hunger Walk

Pictures speak louder
Email us your best photos from a Spring 2010 CROP Hunger Walk or Blankets+ celebration for inclusion in a new slideshow!

REFLECTIONS

Dream Walkers
Photo: CWS

Someone else's shoes
CWS's Ronald Blaum spent a day with the Dream Walkers on their 1,500-mile journey to Washington, D.C. >>


Fixing a broken system
CWS CEO Rev. John L. McCullough shares on the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform. >>

TAKE ACTION

Make a donation
Support CWS life-changing programs, around the world. >>

Provide comfort
Support the Blankets+ program and consider organizing a celebration in your community. >>

Order materials
A new resource to help you understand and assist the forcibly displaced is now available. >>

Assemble CWS Kits
We urgently need all types of CWS Kits to meet ongoing needs. >>

Speak out!
Urge Congress to approve development assistance for Haiti, support immigration reform and help curb climate change.

CONNECT WITH US

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APRIL 2010

FEATURE STORY

Earth Day:  We're taking action!
Women gathering in a field in Pakistan
Photo: Matt Hackworth/CWS

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day–and its 2010 theme, "Take action!"–Church World Service continues its long tradition of taking action in partnership around the world, assisting communities in managing their environmental resources to better provide for their families now and into the future.

In places such as the Rio Chiquila micro-basin of Honduras, southeast Pakistan, and the Mwingi district of Kenya, CWS puts environmental concern into action every day.  Your support–whether through individual or congregational giving, CROP Hunger Walks, the Blankets+ Program, or alternative giving–makes that work possible.  Learn more .


HIGHLIGHTS

Back to basics:  The quest for food security in Haiti
Food security is critical
Photo: Hillary Prag

Food security is not an abstraction.  Ask teacher Marie Therese Mayard.  Having survived the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, she spent her first days in a tent next to a nunnery in the city of Petit Goave, southwest of Port-au-Prince.  At times, Mayard and her friends were asking what, and even if, they would eat.

But she soon got the chance to buy her own food with a $75 grant from the National Human Rights Defense Network, as part of CWS-supported ACT Alliance efforts in Haiti.  Mayard's story highlights the need to focus on the foundational issue of food security in Haiti.  That is something CWS has long tried to address.  Read more.

Relationships key in disaster response
Zach Wolgemuth with David Myers
Photo: Matt Hackworth/CWS

The volunteers, officials and community leaders gathered around the small, newly-built house, with their focus on one person:  the owner, a survivor of flooding, moving into her new home.  "We surrounded her in support," David Myers recounts. "For me, that's the perfect image of how the church and the state should come together."

Myers, Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is a Mennonite pastor and a Presidential Appointee.  "People of faith should help the state do as much good as they can," Myers said.  "President Obama believes there are certain challenges that cannot be solved without strong partnerships between church and state."  Learn more.

Thanks for the Kits!
Kids assemble CWS Hygiene Kits
Photo: Amy Manning/CWS

"The congregations and groups that have made, or are making, CWS Kits are extending a personal hand of caring to neighbors in need in Haiti and around the world.  Thank you so much," says Donna Derr, Director of Humanitarian Assistance and Development for Church World Service.

Typical of the outpouring of CWS Kits generated by the great need in Haiti is the response from some caring neighbors in Syracuse, New York.  A Martin Luther King Day of Service project involving several church and community groups collected nearly $22,000 worth of CWS Hygiene and Baby Care Kits.  And the city's spirit of compassion and generosity toward survivors of Haiti's earthquake hasn't slowed.  Read more.


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