U.S. and Worldwide Support

75% of funds raised by the Concord Area CROP Walk for the Hungry go to Church World Service for worldwide emergency relief of disasters - floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes - and for fighting the root causes of hunger through community development programs in 30 underdeveloped countries. Here are a few examples of the many programs CWS supports. Visit the CWS web site to learn more.

CWS has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. We affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. We meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on. Our work to build alliances among faith groups, civil society, advocates and those in need, and provide programs and services that are impactful, is as critical now as it ever has been. In the past year alone, we've been able to make differences in tens of thousands of lives in more than 30 countries.

Nicaragua - For families in rural Nicaragua, food security can be a hard goal to reach. They are up against the effects of climate change and political unrest, which disrupt their daily lives and harvests. In partnership with Growing Hope Globally and respected local organization CIEETS, we’ve been teaming up with 220 families in eight communities to thrive in spite of adversity. You’re helping these farmers plant new types of crops, find new ways of earning extra money and sustainably care for the natural resources around them.

Mexico - During this time of pandemic, people worldwide are doing what they can to prevent the spread of coronavirus. They are washing their hands thoroughly and often. They are practicing social distancing. They are staying home when they can and are avoiding large groups. For Central American migrants in Mexico, however, these steps aren’t easy. That’s why CWS made a grant to a network of migrant shelters to help. Through this grant, 14 of the 23 shelters in a network called REDODEM were able to upgrade their facilities and services to protect the health of staff and clients alike. The shelters, which are located across Mexico, serve several different types of people. Some are migrants who are in transit across Mexico. Others are families who will be seeing asylum. Some are refugees or deportees. A few are Mexicans who are facing homelessness or other situations of extreme vulnerability. All of them need help with their basic needs, especially during these challenging times.

Myanmar - U Myint Swe has been helping drowning and bike accident victims since 1979 as a Red Cross volunteer. The 54-year-old retired police sergeant first earned a First Aid Trainer certificate in 1986, and then he went through a refresher course in 2000. Since then, he has led or co-led at least 30 basic First Aid courses with the Myanmar Red Cross Society. U Myint recently led a five-day, 35-hour First Aid training for three villages in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River delta region, where CWS partners with families and village leaders to promote community-based resilience and development. In all, 36 volunteers joined the training event.