HOTLINE - week of August 22, 2011
CWS staff give voice to those in need at global event; Sand dams prove integral in Africa drought relief; CWS applauds administration move to limit deportation proceedings; CWS honors World Humanitarian Day 2011
STOCKHOLM--As experts gather from around the world for the Stockholm International Water Institute’s 2011 World Water Week, CWS staff from the agency’s Africa office and New York headquarters will represent development work from CWS programs around the globe. Under the theme, “Responding to Global Changes--Water in an Urbanizing World,” CWS Africa water expert Mary Obiero will bring timely insight as Africa’s drought deepens. The U.N. reports more than 12 million are affected by the worst drought to grip Africa in six decades.
In response to the dynamic level of need, Church World Service has stepped up its Africa drought response to provide relief. Even as millions bear the effects of the drought, the ancient technology of sand dams has proven infallible. Communications officer Tim Shenk reports from Kenya, where a community of mostly women joined to build a sand dam in the hopes it can provide an ongoing source of water. Dating back to the Roman Empire, sand dams trap groundwater underneath a thick layer of sand, accessible by a shallow well.
Church World Service applauds the Obama administration’s announcement Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to United States national security or public safety, and instead would exercise prosecutorial discretion to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals.
An agency of more than 1,000 employees around the world, CWS took the chance to pay tribute to the men and women who make its international relief and development work possible. Staff from around the world answered two questions about their work, with their answers and photos are featured on a special web page.