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30 Oct 2009 description


"He is very curious about what is happening in the tent and he kept asking me to take him here," says Salmiati of her 16-month-old boy, Alif, as he peers into a tent full of children.

29 May 2009 description


Via a mobile health unit, Church World Service is taking basic medical care to people displaced by fighting between the Pakistan military and Taliban insurgents in the country's Northwest Frontier Province.

Currently working in the areas of Mansehra and Abbottabad, CWS plans to expand mobile health services into Swabi and soon provide more comprehensive healthcare including immunizations, since children's scheduled shots against polio and other diseases have been disrupted.

20 Apr 2009 description



Some 170 extended households (comprising some 1,740 people) in the Mateare municipality, just northwest of Managua, are gaining new skills to raise nutritious food, with the help of CWS and local partner, the Center of Inter-Ecclesial Theological and Social Studies, CIEETS.

Sustainable and efficient agriculture is crucial to achieving food security. With appropriate technologies and practices, farm families can maintain a sustainable human-soil balance.

08 Dec 2008 description


Jacinta Monteiro is one of 420 rural Mozambican girls, ages 10 and older, whose future looks brighter because of a program that encourages girls to stay in school, provides them with after-school learning and other fun and productive activities, and works to convince parents and the community that schooling for girls is important.

14 Apr 2008 description


East Africa

"Let the world know that we are here for each other, supporting and getting strength from each other," says Otieno, 12, of his Giving Hope working group in Kenya. "Our working group is our new family.

03 Mar 2008 description

"There are just so, so many people displaced," says CWS Mozambique


By Chris Herlinger

Calling the current humanitarian situation in Mozambique a "very serious problem" that has not yet received the international attention it deserves, an official with a Church World Service partner agency responding to the worst flooding in the southern African country in nearly a decade has underlined the need for expanded international support in responding to the floods.

05 Feb 2008 description

Appeal # 641-Z

Appeal amount: $1,119,565

SITUATION: At least 80,000 persons have been displaced because of floods in central and southern Mozambique that have killed at least 20 people in recent weeks.

Torrential rains have swollen the Zambezi River, Africa's fourth-largest, causing massive displacements, with government authorities trying to temporarily shelter tens of thousands.

In addition to the Zambezi, other rivers experiencing flooding include the P=FAngoè Rivers in Mozambique's central region, and the Limpopo River and smaller connecting rivers in the …

16 Jan 2008 description

SITUATION:  Heavy rainfall in recent weeks has resulted in floods affecting a large portion of central Mozambique. The floods have already killed seven people and have displaced tens of thousands, the Reuters news agency reported today.

Worst-hit are communities along the major rivers -- the Zambezi, Buzi, and Pungue -- as well as smaller connecting rivers. The intense rainfall, coupled with the early and increased release of upstream water from dams outside and inside Mozambique, has already caused flooding in the areas of Muturara (Tete province) and Chinde (Zambézia province).

31 May 2007 description

Appeal Number 641-Q

Appeal Amount: $20,000

SITUATION: A massive March 22 fire and subsequent series of explosions erupted at the Malhazine Paiol (armory) located near Maputo International Airport in Maputo, Mozambique. Among the items housed within the armory were many obsolete Russian-made 150 kg rockets and other munitions left over from Mozambique's civil war which ended in 1992.

More than 100 were killed in the accident and more than 400 injured as a result of the initial explosion and the 15 subsequent hours in which obsolete missiles and munitions ignited and rained down …

27 Mar 2007 description

Maputo, Mozambique -- As funerals and mourning continue following last Thursday's explosion at an arms depot just outside Maputo, Mozambique, that killed 101 people, a diminutive woman checked in today with the teams collecting additional unexploded rockets that remain in the affected residential areas of Mahotas, the CMC quarter and Magoanine.

Tammi Mott, coordinator for the Southern Africa Regional Office of global humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS), was offering encouragement and an assistance grant today, but had dug in herself, literally, over the weekend.

Mott …

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.

04 Nov 2002 description

"It's getting worse and worse in Southern Africa," reports Ivan DeKam, CWS Disaster Management Consultant. "By the end of the year, there will be a shortfall of 1.5 million metric tons of food in the countries affected by drought."
He is very pleased by the skill and expertise shown by CWS partners in Africa, though more resources are needed.

25 Sep 2002 description

Appeal Number: 6455
Appeal Amount: $500,000

16 Aug 2002 description

Appeal Number: 6455
Appeal Amount: $500,000

03 Jun 2002 description

More than 10 million people are at risk of starvation in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Angola, and Zambia. Thus far, Church World Service and other partners are attempting to provide 1) supplementary feeding for 52,000 children in 121 schools in Zimbabwe, 2) food-for-work projects for 11,000 Zimbabwean households, and 3) seeds for the next growing season--drought-tolerant varieties of sorghum, millet, and corn--for these 11,000 families.

06 May 2002 description

Large numbers of people are threatened with starvation from drought- related food shortages in six countries in southern Africa -- Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and - worst hit - Malawi.
Massive amounts of food aid are needed soon to avert starvation. Church World Service and others are helping partners in Malawi to provide corn for food and next- season planting to 37,500 farming families, as well as a highly nutritious cereal mix to 17,000 severely malnourished children, along with nutrition education for their mothers.

26 Mar 2001 description

Colombia - For the past 50 years Colombia has suffered from an internal conflict involving the Colombian Armed Forces, guerrilla groups, and paramilitary forces, which frequently operate with active support from the country's military. The conflict has escalated over the last decade, particularly affecting civilians whose rights are abused by all parties involved. Killings and massacres, or the threat of massacre, have driven people from their homes. The U.N. estimates that at least 1.4 million people are uprooted within Colombia. Some 75% are women and children.

26 Mar 2001 description

CWS is helping partners provide emergency assistance for 38,000 families affected by severe flooding in Mozambique. As in 2000, Mozambique once again faces serious flooding--this time in the Zambezi river basin, in the provinces of Zambezia, Tete, Sofala and Manica. This year's flooding has caused fewer casualties and displacements, but thousands of people have lost their homes, household goods, and almost all their crops. The food situation is desperate in the coastal areas of Zambezia, where thousands of acres of crops now lie under water. Many people are without food.