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CWS in Myanmar
Photo: CWS Asia/Pacific

Saving lives before disaster strikes
The CWS Myanmar (Burma) program's mobile resource center educates students and helps communities prepare for emergencies.  Watch now.

Rev. Melanie Carey

Welcoming the stranger
The Rev. Melanie Carey shares the story of a young boy from her congregation and her pledge to support immigration reform.


Responding to emergencies
Photo: CWS Europe

Make a donation
Help vulnerable people and communities survive, recover and be better prepared for the future.

Best Gift Catalog
Get ready for Feb. 14
Shop the CWS Best Gift Catalog and give a gift of caring this Valentine's Day!

Advocate for the environment
Contact your members of Congress and urge them to defend the Clean Air Act.

Knowing what you have
Our new Personal Affairs Record, a checklist for creating a record of your information, will help you build a solid financial plan.


Don't depend on luck
CWS's Donna Derr shares how she learned the necessity of preparedness after facing a major hurricane.


Working in collaboration
CWS is a member agency of IMA World Health, which provides essential medicines and medical supplies around the world.


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Emergency preparedness is 'all about people'
Disaster preparedness training in Indonesia
Indonesia, Matt Hackworth/CWS

From Indonesia to the U.S. Gulf Coast, people are better off because CWS makes disaster preparedness part of its ongoing work.  During the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, for example, teacher Mushtaq Ahmad helped save the lives of students and fellow teachers using techniques he had learned at a CWS training just days earlier.  Read more.


Food aid and other support for disaster survivors remains essential
Nilcimar Fleiman, Brazil
Photo: Gustavo Bonato/FLD/ACT Alliance

Thankfully, 2011 has begun without a major disaster on the scale of last year’s Haiti earthquake or Pakistan’s floods.  Nonetheless, CWS is responding to floods in Brazil and Sri Lanka, a refugee crisis in West Africa and severe winter storms in the U.S.  Learn more.

Protection: Respecting people’s rights and treating them with dignity
CWS works to protect rights and dignity
Photo: ACT Alliance

When a disaster hits, people lose access not only to material necessities, but also to safety and justice.  CWS offers tools for our staff and partners to help make sure that people’s rights are protected.  Learn more.

CWS Kits:  'This is a sacred task'
Child in Indonesia
Photo: Matt Hackworth/CWS

When disasters strike, CWS is there, providing for emergency needs through your contributions of CWS Kits.  During 2010, some 280,000 CWS Kits were sent to partner agencies in the U.S. and around the world.  Building these kits in advance helps us be prepared for emergency situations.  Learn more and assemble a CWS Kit!

Ninth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, co-sponsored by CWS

Join faith-based advocates from across the U.S. in Washington, D.C. on March 25-28, 2011, to be inspired and equipped to speak boldly on behalf of people-centered sustainable development, economic justice, physical safety, security and peacemaking, with a focus on women, girls and families.  Experts will train you on policy issues and advocacy, culminating with visits on Capitol Hill.  Learn more and register today.

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