Washington, D.C. – Today, the leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
With their low-key but hardworking attitudes, listening skills, respect for the wisdom and experience of the elderly and a smile, Rebeca Soraire and Nestor Montes are transforming rural South America and inspiring many others to follow. Both under 30, they play key roles in a major collaborative effort supported in part by faith-based organizations Food Resources Bank and Church World Service aimed at promoting rain water harvesting from rooftop catchments in communities on the Bolivia-Argentina border.
Natural disasters are sadly too common in Lembang on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, as they are in countless villages across the nation. Over the years, landslides and fires have repeatedly claimed lives and destroyed village infrastructure in Lembang.
Now, with CWS support through the SOLIDARITAS program, community members and local government here are taking steps together to make Lembang a disaster-resilient village.
Caleb Wafula | November 29, 2017
Much of the Horn of Africa is reeling from the effects of what has probably been the worst drought in the recent years. In Kenya, for instance, the situation has been so dire that in February the national government declared the unprecedented drought a national disaster. An estimated 2.7 million people from 23 of the nation’s 47 counties were reported to be at risk of starvation, and persistent pastoral conflicts are contributing to further this deterioration.
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.