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In the "country of the generous people"
Erie CROP Hunger Walk
Photo by Katie White

Refugees Janvier Tuyishime from Rwanda and the Tira family from Darfur, Sudan, haven't been in the United States very long, but they are already contributors to Church World Service.  >>

Moving furniture and drinking tea

Twin brothers Maxwell and Richard Brooke are United Church of Christ volunteers on a year-long assignment: to experience, blog and film UCC-sponsored volunteer service ministries all across the U.S.  One of their first stops was the CWS refugee resettlement office in Lancaster, Pa.  >>


Giving back by paying it forward

While it is important to give back in thanks for all our blessings, it is investing in others – paying it forward – that will change the world.  Year-end commentary by Erol Kekic, Director, CWS Immigration and Refugee Program.  >>


Over 19,000 interviews in Nairobi

The CWS-administered Overseas Processing Entity based in Nairobi, Kenya, is responsible for conducting the initial interviews with refugees in sub-Saharan Africa who are being considered for resettlement through the U.S. refugee program.  In FY 2010 (Oct. 1, 2009 - Sept. 30, 2010), OPE staff interviewed 19,479 refugees in 17 countries.

The final interview and security checks are conducted by the U.S. government.  Once a refugee receives final approval for U.S. resettlement, CWS provides Cultural Orientation and helps with departure arrangements.  In FY 2010, CWS departed 11,869 individuals from 29 countries for permanent resettlement in the United States.

Read more about the work of CWS OPE/Nairobi.  >>


is a publication of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program, Erol Kekic, Director.

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Nine Thousand Nights

Nine Thousand Nights
Now Available!  Special volume forms a vivid mosaic of the life of refugees from Burma through stories, poems, art and photographs.

What's new on the web

John L. McCullough View CWS Executive Director John L. McCullough's New Year's resolution video and make your resolution to support immigration reform.

Busting myths about immigration, a joint three-part blog series with Sojourners and Church World Service.

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Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.

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