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.

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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.

Vietnam – Households in 21 communities have new hygienic latrines and the villages are recognized as Open Defecation Free communities. This designation is a very important one in rural Vietnam, and it’s a point of pride for the community members. Clearly, hundreds of people have better protected health now because of the teamwork the project has engendered to contribute positively in changing knowledge, awareness and behavior in rural Vietnam.

Myanmar - Through nutrition education and water, sanitation and hygiene programs in 20 villages in two Ayeyarwady region townships, CWS helped 2,431 families – nearly 12,000 people –take steps towards improved wellbeing last year.

United States - In the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, CWS provided more than 150,000 CWS blankets, hygiene kits, emergency cleanup buckets, school kits, tarps, stoves, propane tanks, bungee cords and water filters to affected communities.

South American Gran Chaco - This area receives 19-23 inches of rain each year in a short burst of precipitation. With better systems in place to capture and store rainwater, many water needs would be addressed. Already 25 rooftop rainwater catchment systems have being built to increase the water harvest and storage capacity by 160,000 gallons.