Nurturing development--Millions of people worldwide live on the edge of subsistence, at the will of fragile economies, struggling to escape the crushing grip of poverty and powerlessness. Most are hungry--and they need more than a handout. They need a way out.
Hunger means different things in different places... In Southern Africa it may mean crop failures, food shortages, and famine resulting from prolonged drought. Families and communities may need emergency food, as well as seeds for replanting. In the highlands of Bolivia, it may mean malnutrition resulting from inadequate protein in the family diet. There training in fish farming can mean improved health for parents and children. Our bodies also need an adequate supply of clean water to survive and thrive. So, in many communities, clean water wells--along with improved irrigation for gardens--can mean life and health.
Church World Service helps create pockets of education and innovation, enterprise and collaboration, powered by local ingenuity and nurtured by the self-respect that inevitably flows from it. Creative initiatives by impoverished people are making a difference. If we work together, we can build a world that works for all.
||Build a Village: Bosnia
Through a CWS-supported community development initiative in the Municipality of Bosansko Grahovo, Canton 10, Bosnia-Herzegovina, families are improving their lives and livelihoods in a sustainable, holistic and participatory way. View photo gallery
Ensuring food security via a farming resource center
On the frontlines of climate change, in Geo Rabari, Sindh province, Pakistan, water and food are scarce. Church World Service and its local partner are helping farmers unite to get the water they need to grow food, as well as save seeds for the next season in a community seed bank. View photo gallery
The "Giving Hope" program guidebook: Facilitating Youth Caregiver Solidarity and Empowerment -- An Animator's Guidebook
A young life transformed in northern Uganda
Micah Lokoropee in his classroom
Micah Lokoropee is from Ngongosowon, in northern Uganda. He is 9 years old, third born in his family. His father, Nalukia, is 70 years old, a prominent and respected old man in the village. Micah is also blind.
In Pokot culture, in the case of a blind or a lame child, is believed that the mother did not observe some taboos during pregnancy. And such a child is often considered a curse to the family, fit to be killed as a sacrifice to appease the gods.
At home Micah had no clothes to wear, nor bathing soap, and during raids he was often left behind when people run away for safety or leave in search of water. (Villages are sometimes raided as neighboring peoples search for water.) The other children were given preference when it comes to clothing and food after all the others said, “He cannot see!” Read more »
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