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.

We have one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. After seven decades moving towards this goal, CWS has the faith and experience to know it’s possible. Working around the world, we’ve seen gardens flourishing in barren land, migrants and refugees finding home even after every door has been closed, and houses standing strong against nature’s worst disasters. That’s the power of your compassion at work when it links to human resilience.

Indonesia - A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28. The quake and resulting tsunami leveled buildings and brought destruction to the city of Palu and surrounding areas. More than 5,300 people were killed. Six months later, tens of thousands of people are still displaced and living in temporary housing or tents. We are distributing water to more than 13,000 people every day in villages around Palu as well as critical supplies like tarps, rope, blankets and water bottles in affected areas. Our response is part of the ACT Alliance response and will help families improve their access to water and sanitation, build temporary and transitional shelters and help rebuild their livelihoods.

Sub-Saharan Africa  - Since 1990, CWS has partnered with the U.S. Department of State to administer the Resettlement Support Center for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and serves refugees who are identified by the UN Refugee Agency as needing resettlement to a safe location. The dedicated CWS/RSC team works to process thousands of cases each year, and assists U.S. government officials who conduct final interviews with refugees for their legal admission to the U.S. The CWS/RSC team travels to both remote and urban locations throughout Africa to serve the most vulnerable refugees where they live.

Cambodia - Our team in Cambodia, together with partner Rural Development Association, reached nearly 3,500 families this year with programs designed to help increase food security and household income through better home gardening and poultry raising. Community information sessions about nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, sanitary latrine use and safe water led to improvements in family wellbeing, especially for children.