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19 Nov 2017 description

In two Jakarta neighborhoods, Community Centers have for some years offered welcoming and safe spaces for refugees and asylum seekers to meet and work together to improve their daily lives – despite the many challenges they and their families and neighbors face. The Centers offer all who are interested a chance to access information, to socialize and to join activities that support health, protection and wellbeing.

21 Oct 2016 description

In Indonesia I joined the official opening of the 3rd of 5 group homes CWS organizes for unaccompanied and separated (refugee) children. The Jakarta neighborhood where we are renting the house for 40 Afghan and Somali boys has been quite welcoming, which is great for the boys who have left so much, including their families, behind in search of better lives. As I was leaving the house, the boy in the yellow shirt was arriving by a complicated route from Afghanistan to join the others in making the rented house into their new home … for now. Join me in wishing them well!

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.

16 Jul 2012 description

Appeal #642-L

Amount: $1.2 million

Amount of funds received to date: $534,789

July 16, 2012


04 Jan 2012 description

NEW YORK – The number of children in poverty who are hungry could reach unparalleled levels in 2012 given the state of the global economy, Church World Service says in its annual New Year's assessment.

13 Dec 2011 description

Appeal #642-L

Amount: $1.2 million

Amount of funds received as of Dec. 11, 2011: $534,789

Dec. 13, 2011


30 Sep 2011 description

Appeal #642-L

Amount: $1.2 million

Amount of funds received as of Sept. 30, 2011: $283,484

September 30, 2011

28 Jul 2011 description

Media Contacts Lesley Crosson, (212) 870-2676, media@churchworldservice.org Jan Dragin - 24/7 - (781) 925-1526, jdragin@gis.net

Church World Service 475 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10115 (212) 870-2061

Agency appeals for donations to help feed starving people

Calls on NGOs to ‘up their game’ to avert recurrence


28 Jul 2011 description

A July 27, 2011 interview by Chris Herlinger with Sammy Matua, Church World Service staff member based in the agency’s East Africa regional office in Nairobi.

CH: Drought has not been uncommon in the Eastern Horn of Africa. But how is this current event different from previous ones?

21 Jul 2011 description

SITUATION: This year marks the driest period in the Eastern Horn of Africa region since 1995, with the lowest level of rainfall in more than 50 years.

As a result, food security -- the access and availability to food -- has deteriorated for most households in all arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia as well as other countries in the region. In a word, the situation has become a crisis. Crops have failed, large numbers of livestock needed for survival have perished, and local food prices have increased substantially.

09 Jul 2011 description


2011 has been the driest period in the Eastern Horn of Africa since 1995, with reportedly the lowest level of rainfall in 60 years.

As a result food security – the access to and availability of food – has deteriorated for most households in all arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya as grazing land has dried up.

02 Jul 2009 description

Officially recognized refugees living in Indonesia number only about 350, but neither they nor the Indonesian government are inclined toward local integration.

14 Nov 2007 description

Global humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) said today that it resettled 4,775 refugees in the United States between October 2006 and September 2007, representing nearly 10 percent of all the refugees who began new lives in the U.S. over the past year.

Church World Service is one of 10 agencies that work with the Department of State to assist refugees when they arrive in the United States.

15 Oct 2007 description



In the two years since a powerful earthquake devastated parts of northern Pakistan, individuals and communities have worked to rebuild. Church World Service responded to immediate emergency needs following the quake, and has been a part of the rebuilding process.

Some 1,785 men have become certified in construction trades--masonry, electricity, welding, plumbing, and carpentry--with the help of Church World Service and a local partner.

12 Oct 2007 description

As the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by Ethiopian troops, aims to exert control into southern and central Somalia, opposition groups are fighting back. Roadside bombs, indiscriminate shelling of civilian-populated areas and suicide bombers force civilians to flee for safety, usually into temporary camps.

People have lost their relatives, family members and their properties. Many are desperate and have lost the capacity to cope with the situation.

04 Jan 2007 description


14 Dec 2005 description

But Hundreds of Thousands Still Homeless, Living in Temporary Shelters, Says Church World Service

NEW YORK -­ (Wed Dec 14) ­ Nearing the first anniversary of the south Asian tsunami that claimed some 275,000 lives, humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) says the tsunami disaster generated the single largest organizational mobilization in response to a natural disaster in the agency¹s 60-year history.

A year later, hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless and living in tents, improvised emergency shelters and transitional living centers in the worst affected …

11 May 2005 description


The death toll is now approximately 176,168, with 50,000 persons still missing and an estimated 1.5 million persons displaced, as a result of the massive December 26, 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that struck off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia and affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia and East Africa.

05 May 2005 description

Introduction to Church World Service

Church World Service (CWS), founded in 1946, is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations within the United States. Working in partnership with local organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS supports sustainable self-help development, meets emergency needs, aids refugees, and addresses the root causes of poverty and powerlessness. CWS provides assistance without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, or gender.

The mission statement of Church …

14 Apr 2005 description

SITUATION: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake on December 26, off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered massive tsunamis that affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia and East Africa.