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03 Sep 2013 description

With the number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration in Egypt now at more than 100,000 and expected to continue to grow in the face of intensified military action, humanitarian agency Church World Service joins local efforts in Cairo to provide basic services, education and protection.

20 Dec 2010 description

- CWS helping children gain a sense of normalcy after Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia

- Preparing and praying for peace after January referendum in South Sudan

- Don't give up on the DREAM Act, says CWS

- CWS Best Gifts – a great way to give this holiday season


08 Dec 2010 description

By Amanda Gordon and Carol Fouke-Mpoyo

Our story begins with Janvier Tuyishime. Tuyishime fled his native Rwanda in 1999 and eventually came to live at Krisan Refugee Camp in Ghana's Western Region. In 2009, his application to the U.S.

28 Oct 2010 description





APPEAL # 642-I

AMOUNT: $150,000

Oct. 28, 2010

SITUATION: Under the terms of a 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, a referendum on the future of South Sudan and its self-determination is scheduled to be held Jan. 9, 2011. However, there are signs that controversies surrounding the referendum could spark new conflict in Sudan.

11 Jan 2010 description

Darfur, Sudan

As we enter a new year, the situation in Darfur remains very serious.

05 Jan 2010 description

Appeal Number: #642-G

Appeal Amount: $1.2 million

Jan. 5, 2010

SITUATION: The New York Times recently reported that a "fragile calm" is now holding in the crisis-ridden region of Darfur, in western Sudan.

The Jan. 2 story by reporter Jeffrey Gettleman said that tensions have eased, with some farmers returning to their fields from the displacement camps they have lived in for years following a conflict that began in 2003.

Frozen, but "remains unpredictable" is how Lt. Gen.

04 Jan 2010 description


Some 400 elementary school students in Mirpurkhas District, Sindh Province, are learning about peace and conflict resolution with support from Church World Service.

The youngsters are learning about democracy, tolerance, cultural understanding, and gender equality, developing skills to help them analyze local problems and how best to resolve them without violence--all critical tools for their futures in their war-torn country.

Schools and surrounding communities are partnering with CWS in getting the peace curriculum started, and local interest and energy in the project …

28 Dec 2009 description


Darfur, Sudan

Fatima Abakir is the proud headmistress of the Girls' Basic School at Dereig, near Nyala in Darfur, Sudan. Dereig is a camp for some of the people displaced by the violence in Darfur.

A new 12-room school--built by the ACTCaritas coalition, of which Church World Service is a member--is replacing a temporary structure that had a straw roof and was no match for tropical storms.

20 Nov 2009 description


As the world observes Universal Children's Day (Nov.

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.

24 Aug 2009 description


Fiza Ahmad Ibrahim Mohammed, pictured with daughter Omnia Ahmad Sidig, has lived in Derieg camp in the Darfur region of western Sudan since she fled the Janjaweed militia five years ago. The noise and clutter of the 22,000 homeless here is nothing compared to the fear of attack, rape or death. Here she can earn money as a tailor, send her children to school and sleep safe.

She is about to finish a ten-month training course in tailoring, supported by the ACT coalition, of which Church World Service is a part.

04 Mar 2009 description

By Chris Herlinger/Church World Service-ACT International

N'DJAMENA, CHAD, 4 March 2009 - On a Monday morning in the capital of Chad, in a quiet neighborhood that only recently had been overrun by fighting between anti-government guerillas and army troops, you could still see shrapnel on the pavement.

It was from here that Esther T. Isaac was preparing to travel to the tense, unsettled region of eastern Chad that borders the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

She works within the ACT International alliance, employed by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

23 Feb 2009 description


Many Kenyans are suffering extreme drought-caused food shortages.

Without immediate intervention and assistance, starvation in parts of Kenya will become a reality, according to a recent Church World Service assessment.

CWS is working with four local partners to provide assistance to 20,237 people in the agricultural districts of Makueni and Mwingi in Kenya's Eastern Province.

12 Jan 2009 description


"Writing on behalf of the member communions of Church World Service and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, we express our solidarity with you and all those in the Holy Land who are grieved at this time of extreme sorrow, pain and suffering," say the Rev. John L. McCullough, Executive Director and CEO of Church World Service, and the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the NCCCUSA, in an open letter to the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem.

05 Jan 2009 description

Appeal Number: #642-E

Appeal Amount: $1.5 million

SITUATION: The humanitarian crisis in the western region of Darfur, Sudan, is now entering its sixth year, and has developed into an increasingly complex situation, with Darfur rebel groups fragmenting, and inter-tribal conflict increasing, with each group seeking to seize and hold its own territory.

The lack of security in rural areas has lead to widespread banditry, making road travel precarious in many parts of Darfur.

21 Jul 2008 description


Almost 200,000 people in eastern Chad have been displaced as conflict within Chad has combined with both cross border violence and refugees from the war in the neighboring Darfur region of Sudan.

'The 'Darfur problem' is broader than Darfur,' says Japp Aantjes, a humanitarian worker with CWS-partner Lutheran World Federation.

The conflict in Darfur has become a regional one, and humanitarian needs stemming from the violence and suffering are affecting civilians in both countries.

15 Jul 2008 description

By Chris Herlinger

KOUKOU ANGARANA, CHAD, July 15, 2008 - Recent security concerns in the wake of rebel movements in eastern Chad have caused some organisations to evacuate staff, which included the temporary suspension of activities last month by the Lutheran World Federation-ACT International program here.

But the week-long LWF suspension, from June 15-22, has since been lifted, and normal humanitarian activities have since resumed, reports Diallo Mbemba, LWF site manager based in Koukou Angarana.

16 Jun 2008 description



The death toll from the May 12 earthquake centered in Sichuan Province stands at more than 69,000. Continuous aftershocks and geologic change have been threatening survivors and aid workers.

CWS supported the immediate efforts of partner the Amity Foundation as it distributed quilts to 10,000 families, plastic sheeting to 20,000 families, and food (33 pounds of rice per person, instant noodles, and sausage) and water to 20,000 individuals.

24 Mar 2008 description

Kenya and Uganda

"Seeing the girls empowered with education...girls fetching water near their homes and then going to school--that makes me happy," says Deborah Katina, Executive Director of Yang'at ("care" in the Pokot language), a Church World Service partner in western Kenya.

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.