CWS turns 70 in 2016

Much has changed, but our mission remains the same.

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Fighting hunger and poverty. Promoting peace and justice.

CWS has worked for nearly 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. That means a refugee family who is able to start a new life. Or someone rebuilding after disaster finds safety with dignity.

Angela Navarro, who spent 58 days sheltered in a Philadelphia church, won a two-year reprieve from deportation.

Photo: Aidan Un

Nerline Valery lived in a tent for four years after the Haiti earthquake. Now she and her family have a new home.

Photo: Margot de Greef

Charles Kioko is seeing higher crop yields and providing for his family with improved water access.

Photo: David Mutua

Seng Nu Pan fled war-torn Burma as a teenager. Now she is attending college and building a new life in Durham, N.C.

Photo: Edwin Harris

We are making an impact. Together.

We believe that there is enough food, water and justice for everyone in our world. 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.

14,228 refugees
from sub-Saharan Africa resettled to the United States in FY 2014.

Over $2.5 million
in material goods supplied for disaster relief in the past year.

More than 22,000
people in Southeast Asia have improved access to food, water and sanitation.

A new well in Tanzania

Tanzania's new Mtendeli Refugee Camp will soon host 35,000 Burundian refugees. CWS and ACT Alliance partners are making sure refugees have access to clean water.

Davide Prata / CWS