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01 Aug 2012 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

ANGOLA RETURNEES
CWS EMERGENCY APPEAL #: 642-P

Appeal Amount: $39,350 (For long-term work)

Aug. 1, 2012

SITUATION REPORT: Due to Angola's 1975-2002 civil war, large numbers of Angolans fled the country, seeking safety in neighboring countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. Others fled the country in 1961 at the time of de-colonization (from Portugal) and stayed across borders for more than 40 years.

07 Dec 2011 description

Floods near the Angolan border with the Democratic Republic of Congo are causing severe problems to residents and to recent Angolan returnees who have recently returned to their country from the DRC.

Statistics compiled by CWS partner Diakonia IERA indicates that the flooding has destroyed or damaged 720 homes, and have affected more than 1,000 families.

CWS response:

02 Jun 2011 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

EMERGENCY APPEAL:
ANGOLA FLOODS

APPEAL # 642-K
AMOUNT: $50,000

June 2, 2011

SITUATION: Since January, Angola has been affected by heavy rainfall, landslides and flooding - part of a larger problem of floods that have affected the south-central African country during the last three years.

07 Apr 2008 description

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Angola

This year, 1,350 women in seven provinces are gaining literacy and more, through a Church World Service-supported program of the Angolan Council of Christian Churches.

Angola's educational system, along with other social services and economic opportunities, was disrupted by a 30-year civil war. As many as 60 percent of adults in Angola are illiterate. For girls and women, the illiteracy rate is even higher--estimated at 70 percent.

In post-conflict Angola, women are being called upon to participate in the rebuilding of their country.

04 Sep 2007 description

(Extract)

Hurricane Felix

Hurricane Felix came ashore on Tuesday morning in northeast Nicaragua, near Punta Gorda, as a category five storm. Hurricane warnings have also been issued for eastern Honduras.

25 Jun 2007 description

Appeal #641-R

Appeal amount: $100,000

SITUATION: Even though the Democratic Republic of Congo has held its first open elections in 40 years, violence by militias and foreign troops near DRC's borders threatens millions of refugees who have endured decades of conflict.

30 Jan 2007 description

Recent flooding in Luanda, Benguela and other western Angolan provinces have resulted in the deaths of nearly 90 persons, and meteorologists say an El Nino weather pattern could worsen the situation in coming months.

Among other effects, the flooding is worsening a cholera epidemic in the affected regions.

29 Jan 2007 description

A 27-year civil war that ended in 2002 left many women traumatized by rape or sexual violence.

In Angola, as elsewhere, women are considered the thread that holds families and even communities together. Aside from working in the fields and trading in the markets to generate resources for their family, women return home to do their daily chores and care for the children.

25 Sep 2006 description

"Our intention is to strengthen civil society, and here, as in other regions of Africa, women play a vital role at all levels of civil society and family," says Tammi Mott. CWS's Mott is Regional Coordinator of the new CWS office in Maputo, Mozambique.

The current two-year plan anticipates reaching more than 143 communities in three countries--Mozambique, Malawi, and Angola--including some 14,150 households, with a special focus on over 15,000 women and children.

14 Sep 2006 description

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE - To accommodate expanding health, economic development and educational programs in Southern Africa, international humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) announces the opening of its new regional office in Maputo, Mozambique.

The effort, which will put special focus on the needs of women and children and is initially supporting programs in Mozambique, Malawi and Angola, is also being directed by a woman.

24 Mar 2006 description

THE CHURCH WORLD SERVICE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM

24 Mar 2006 description

March 24, 2006 - A 26-year civil war in Angola ended in 2002 but now the country faces other problems including floods and food shortages.

09 Jan 2006 description

Some 600 households (about 4,200 people) in five villages in Negage Kisseque municipality, Uige province, northern Angola, are taking part in a multi-year agricultural program supported by CWS, the Foods Resource Bank, and the Evangelical Reformed Church of Angola (IERA).

01 Jun 2005 description

NEW YORK / NAIROBI -- In the aftermath of Angola's chaotic 27-year-long civil war, 70% of the country's population is now illiterate. But two Angolan women Josefina Sandemba and Deolinda Dorcas Zola da Graca Paulo Teca are determined to combat illiteracy and build social change and economic independence as part of the process.

Sandemba and da Graca Paulo Teca, driving forces behind an innovative Angolan literacy program supported by humanitarian agency Church World Service, are visiting the U.S. this week and next (Sun., May 29 -- Wed., June 15) to promote the project.

16 Mar 2005 description

Appeal Number: 640N

Appeal Amount: $150,000

Situation Report

Although no clashes between the Angolan government and the UNITA rebels have been reported since the 2002 cease-fire agreement, decades of war claimed more than 1.5 million lives and left the southwestern African nation of Angola in virtual ruin. Landmines have maimed thousands of returnees, including women and children, and continue to be a problem throughout the country.

The overall humanitarian situation in the country continues to be among the worst in the world.

14 Sep 2004 description

The Igreja Evangelical Reformed de Angola (IERA) was founded in Kikaia Uige Province in 1922. The Church is active in 12 of the 18 provinces of the country, with 250,000 members. IERA has several Departments, with the Development Department having the responsibility of implementing social development projects in the field of education, health, rehabilitation of social infrastructures, relief goods distribution, vocational training, and food security.

Angola's decades-long civil war ended in April 2002. The last phase of the war, from 1998-2002, was particularly brutal.

14 Sep 2004 description

"It has been over 20 years since we could walk like this, sing like this, and work together like this" says Virgina Jorge, one of the leaders of the newly formed village cooperative, in the community of Negage-Kisseque in northern Angola. It has actually been for over 27 years that Angola has been caught in a war between the government's MPLA forces and the former rebel group UNITA. Peace officially came to Angola in April 2002.

13 Sep 2004 description

The Angolan Council of Christian Churches (CICA) is an ecumenical institution founded in 1977 with the purpose of being the Angolan faith community's guiding institution in the country, as well as the prophetic voice of its member institutions towards local and international governments. CICA's mission is to contribute to the peace process and to strengthen ecumenism in Angola. CICA supports churches' projects at the grassroots level.

12 Apr 2004 description

A two-year cease-fire agreement in Angola has taken root. By the end of 2003, more than 3.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs) had returned to their home areas and more than 100,000 soldiers were demobilized. However, the process of return for many IDPs has been precarious and difficult. They received little or no assistance and had to travel, many on foot, through areas riddled with landmines.