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INTERACTIVE GALLERY

Kehillah CROP Hunger Walk video
Courtesy of Darryl Freedman

One step at a time
Check out this fun video of the Kehillah team from the Chapel Hill (NC) CROP Hunger Walk.


Cedar Rapids project
Photo: Matt Hackworth/CWS

Volunteers bring hope
Listen in as Texas native Laurie Hawley of the Reformed Church in America relates the impact of the Neighborhood: Cedar Rapids project.

REFLECTIONS

Rev. John L. McCullough

Let's improve the America Power Act
CWS's Rev. John L. McCullough urges going further faster to deal with climate change. >>


Bonnie Vollmering
Photo: Matt Hackworth/CWS

A fresh chance in bloom - CWS's Bonnie Vollmering on a seemingly impossible recovery effort in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. >>

TAKE ACTION

Speak out!
Urge your U.S. Senators to improve the newly introduced climate change legislation.

Support reform efforts
Learn more about the new framework for immigration reform and find ways to get involved.

Register for a Walk
Fall 2010 CROP Hunger Walks are now online - find yours!  Local Walk coordinators can also send us additional details for posting on the Walk's main page on the CWS website.

Organize with friends
Join with others in your community to assemble CWS Kits or host a Blankets+ celebration - you can make a world of difference!

Plan for the future with a will or trust
Download our free planning guide (pdf).

Honor your father
Father's Day is only a month away.  Plan ahead and give Dad a CWS Best Gift!

CONNECT WITH US

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MAY 2010

FEATURE STORY

CWS sprouts new initiatives
Foster families are providing nurturing homes in Moldova
New hope for abandoned children in Moldova.  Photo: SCM

In eastern Europe, rural villagers in Moldova are witnessing the growth of a new child protection program aimed at providing abandoned children with an alternative to institutionalization in government-run shelters.  CWS, working with local organization Salvati Copiii Moldova, is supporting a system that places children with extended family or in foster homes, providing a safe and friendly family environment.

A continent away, in the village of Kotulpogh, Kenya, the arrival of a sand dam to trap and store rainwater has changed everything.  "When they say water is life, it truly is," notes Dan Tyler, CWS Africa regional coordinator.  "This simple water program continues to nourish the community and to bring about all kinds of new growth."  Read more.


HIGHLIGHTS

In Cedar Rapids, homes and hope bloom anew
CWS worked to repair homes in and around Cedar Rapids
Photo: Matt Hackworth/CWS

It’s been two years since a flood forced Donald McSpadden and his wife to move away.  But in mid-May, surrounded by family and volunteers, he experienced the rebirth of his home as Church World Service national and local partners celebrated the end of the six-week "Neighborhood: Cedar Rapids" project.  Learn more.

Resettled refugee honored by President Obama
Marine Sgt. Ledum Sunday Dennis Ndaanee
Photo: Todd Lopez/U.S. Army

Marine Sgt. Ledum Sunday Dennis Ndaanee, who served two tours of duty and was wounded in Iraq, received the Outstanding American of Choice award during an April 23 Rose Garden ceremony.  A naturalized citizen, Ndaanee originally came to the United States as a refugee from Nigeria and was resettled under the auspices of Church World Service.    Read more.

From memories of hunger, a steadfast commitment to CWS
Pearl and Rev. Alexander Veronis
Photo: Pearl and Rev. Alexander Veronis

Pearl Veronis knows about hunger firsthand.  "We did survive," she recalled recently as she prepared for her 38th CROP Hunger Walk in Lancaster, Penn., and spoke of her experiences as a child in Greece during World War II, where her family faced the realities of hunger, deprivation and starvation.  "My mother had to beg for food," Veronis recalls, as she credits her mother's determination, grit and religious faith for the family's survival.

But the memory of hunger still touches her and is one of the reasons she and her husband have been steadfast supporters and leaders of their CROP Hunger Walk in Lancaster.  Read more.

Blossomland Walk takes it in stride

The Blossomland CROP Hunger Walk of St. Joseph, Michigan, has been blooming for more than 25 years, reaching out to neighbors in need around the corner and around the world.  Find out more about their May 16 efforts and about upcoming fall CROP Hunger Walks.  Read more.


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