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CWS is shipping $107,000 in emergency supplies - CWS Blankets, "Gift of the Heart" Health and Baby Kits, and additional supplies, some donated by Lutheran World Relief - to help meet the needs of Liberian refugees in Sierra Leone.
"Remember Bill Clinton's informal campaign slogan, 'It's the economy, stupid!'? asks Carol Fouke-Mpoyo, a participant in the recent CWS delegation to West Africa. "I thought about that slogan many times as I met ordinary citizens in Sierra Leone's capital city of Freetown in the south, Kambia District in the northwest, and Koinadugu District in the north.
Four-Country Tour Ends in Meeting with Liberia's President Taylor
Appeal Number: 6445
Appeal Amount: $100,000
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE, WEST AFRICA - Members of the Church World Service delegation to West Africa traveled the length and breadth of Sierra Leone July 9-15 to see for themselves how the country is faring following a brutal 11-year civil war, which ended in January 2002.
Alpha is a Liberian refugee. He's one of the luckier ones. He's working. Trained as a nurse before the war, Alpha is a health educator at Kimbia transitional refugee camp, where an 8-member CWS peace delegation visited earlier this month. Now age 30, Alpha has spent 12 years as a refugee. "That's a lot of my life," he says. But he hasn't stopped living. Alpha is married now. He met his wife, also a Liberian, in a refugee camp. They have two children.
In response to an invitation of the Christian Councils of The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, Church World Service (CWS) embarked on a visit to the Mano River Union countries and the Gambia in expression of its longstanding partnership and the solidarity of a greater ecumenical fellowship around the world.
Tells Region's Leaders, "Churches Playing A Vital Role"
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 of Hope & Blanket Program.
June 26, 2002, NEW YORK CITY - International humanitarian agency Church World Service Executive Director John L. McCullough will lead a nine-member delegation to West Africa in July, responding to a call for help from churches in the region that have reached out to each other across national borders to work for peace and human rights and against impunity.
CWS Executive Director John L. McCullough is leading a nine-member delegation to West Africa in July 2002. "The councils of churches pressed their countries' presidents to meet together twice in the past 18 months to address the urgent issues facing their countries," says McCullough.
CWS is assisting the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL) in the re-integration program for ex-combatants in Sierra Leone's devastating ten-year civil war through an agricultural support initiative. One thousand farm families in three chiefdoms in Bombali district - including 300 demobilized fighters and 700 host farm families - are receiving hoes, machetes, shovels, and buckets, along with seeds and cuttings for planting rice, groundnuts, cassava, and potatoes, and the fertilizers to help them grow.
June 3, 2002, NEW YORK CITY - International humanitarian agency Church World Service Executive Director John L. McCullough will lead a nine-member delegation to West Africa in July, responding to a call for help from churches in the region that have reached out to each other across national borders to work for peace.
For more than a decade, the people of once peaceful Sierra Leone suffered through a brutal civil war, which uprooted as many as two million people, many of them children. While Sierra Leone has been largely peaceful for the past year and presidential elections are scheduled for May, recovery from the devastation of war is just beginning.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
Appeal Number: 6445
Responding to long-term emergency needs, CWS has provided $148,130 in blankets, "Gift of the Heart" School, Health, and Baby Kits to long-time partner, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone.