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30 May 2018 description

The CWS Urban Refugee Self-Reliance Program has supported 35 refugees and vulnerable host community members in Tanzania and 800 in South Africa as they become more economically self-reliant.

“I didn’t meet my family’s basic needs on a daily basis until I started this business. Now I earn an average income of $9 per day!”

02 Feb 2016 description


In November 2014, CWS initiated a pilot project to increase self-reliance among urban refugees in Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania, through intensive case management and outreach to local employers and other local stakeholders. By focusing on both the supply and demand of refugee labor,

CWS sought to facilitate mutually beneficial interactions between urban refugees and host communities.

01 Aug 2012 description



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 Sep 2009 description

By Kendra Rinas and Carol Fouke-Mpoyo

After several years of persistent efforts to overcome numerous delays due to fragile security and often-hostile weather, the first 75 refugees including 45 from Darfur, Sudan have been resettled to the United States out of Chad.

Church World Service is among key partners in this pilot resettlement effort. Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. State Department, CWS prepares the case files for all refugees people fleeing persecution in sub-Saharan Africa who are being considered for U.S. resettlement.

29 Dec 2008 description


Democratic Republic of Congo

Bageni Katembereza and her six children were forced to suddenly flee their home in September when the recent fighting hit their village in eastern Congo. They had nowhere to go, but were desperate to escape the violence.

"They... had no place to sleep. So we invited them into our home," says Siyawna Mulingeza, who is now sheltering her own family along with Katembereza and her children.

Like so many others in the DRC, Mulingeza saw a need and responded.

15 Dec 2008 description


Democratic Republic of Congo

Clashes between armed groups are being reported daily in Masisi and Rutshuru territories, North Kivu Province. The decade-long conflict in the country has left some five million people dead, with more than 250,000 displaced since August of this year.

Food costs in the region have risen due to insecure supply routes and the inability of farmers to harvest their crops.

13 Nov 2008 description

Escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has displaced more than 1 million people in the last two years, and left 5 million dead since fighting intensified 1998. War-related conflict and disease make it the deadliest conflict since World War II.

Escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has displaced more than 1 million people in the last two years, and left 5 million dead since fighting intensified 1998.

25 Feb 2008 description

In more than 50 countries around the world children are being kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers. Child soldiers are children younger then eighteen who are directly or indirectly used as combatants, porters, human mine detectors, sex slaves, and/ or for other forms of forced labor.

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.

10 May 2006 description

The following represent some of the many ways Church World Service is creating a rainbow of help and hope -- a beautiful Rainbow of Caring -- through the TOOLS & BLANKETS Program.

22 Mar 2006 description

Long-time military conflicts between rival militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - fuelled by tensions between the Hema and Lendu peoples -- are causing serious insecurity problems in remote areas of the country. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) often live with host families who themselves find it difficult to meet their own basic needs.

25 Mar 2002 description

CWS is partnering with Interchurch Medical Assistance to implement a health program for survivors -- some 450,000 people -- of the January 2002 Goma volcano eruption. Improving access and restoring the health care system for coverage of Goma's long-term needs are the goals of CWS/IMA.

08 Mar 2002 description


04 Mar 2002 description

Congo Volcano #6439 for $718,557

March 4, 2002

(Expanded appeal; was initially issued Jan. 21 for $200,000; now being expanded to $718,557.)

SUMMARY STATEMENT: Church World Service is issuing this appeal to implement a health program for the survivors of the Goma volcano emergency which occurred in January 2002.

25 Feb 2002 description

Josephina Bampende lifts the lid of her cooking pot. She is cooking a meal consisting of beans -- the only food she has -- on a small fire outside the Birere Baptist church in Goma. This is where the 55-year-old grandmother, her children and grandchildren, along with hundreds of others sought refuge in the wake of the devastating volcanic eruptions that destroyed her home on January 17.

18 Feb 2002 description

Situation Report:
The situation in and around Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, remains chaotic in the wake of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo. Volcanic lava has destroyed more than three-quarters of the city. Thousands are now without shelter. At least 45 people have died, the UN said.

Despite the continuing danger and warnings by authorities, thousands who left the city in the last two days are now returning from neighboring Rwanda, the BBC reported. Those who have not returned remain in neighboring Gisenyi, where many are living on the street.

18 Feb 2002 description

As families in and around Goma attempt to recover from the mid-January eruption of the Mt. Nyiragongo volcano, CWS is focusing its efforts on medical needs. CWS's local medical partner organization, SANRU, has been assisting about 2,000 patients per day. And, SANRU has started a vaccination program for children from the ages of six months to 15 years. CWS is also helping to ship in needed medicines.

11 Feb 2002 description

Riziki Sherina and her family fled their home in Goma, not even stopping to take anything with them, when they saw the lava stream from Mount Nyiragongo coming toward their house. The family has since returned to Goma, but their home is destroyed.