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Transforming communities around the globe.

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

Saad Omar Adam, who fled violence and turmoil in Sudan and Libya, is making a new life in the U.S.

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Pich Khorn's used a small cash grant to start a garden and a small grocery shop, saving her family from disaster.

Photo: Sok Touch

Amal found psychosocial support and education services - and new hope - in Cairo, her family's new home.

Photo: Kirsten Fryer

Marta Gutierrez, a community leader in Carazo, Nicaragua, is pioneering innovative agricultural techniques.

Photo: Amber Blake

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.

Over 28,000
people in Vietnam benefited from WASH, education and hygiene programs.

14,388 refugees
from sub-Saharan Africa resettled to the United States in FY 2015.

More than 10,000
families in Central America are more food secure and resilient to climate change.

Latest Updates and Action Alerts

Tell the White House & Congress that you OPPOSE Trump’s Announcement to Grind Refugee Resettlement To a Halt and Bar Refugees from Certain Countries

President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. government will stop resettling refugees from certain countries; pause the entire refugee resettlement program for 120 days; preference religious minorities; and reduce the number of refugees we welcome at the very time when they are most in need of safety. These announcements fly in the face of our best values of compassion, hospitality, and welcome. With more than 65 million forcibly displaced in the world–the worst in our global history–it is more important than ever to take action by condemning this new policy. CALL NOW!

Faith Leaders and Advocates to ICE: Respect Places of Worship and Stop the Raids Now

February 17, 2017

See and share the video and photos from the event HERE, using the hashtags #NoBanNoWallNoRaids, #SanctuaryRising and #GreaterAs1   FAIRFAX, VA – At a press conference and prayer vigil outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office in Virginia earlier today, faith leaders and advocates denounced a recent ICE raid outside of a […]

CWS Applauds Court Decisions Halting Refugee Ban, Will Welcome Its First Refugee Family to Arrive in the U.S. Since the Ban This Evening

February 6, 2017

Trump administration’s appeal of these court decisions denied over the weekend After Judge James L. Robart’s ruling on Friday restraining the enforcement of President Trump’s executive order that suspended refugee resettlement and banned certain nationalities from entering the United States, CWS commended these court decisions and announced that beginning today, CWS will resume welcoming refugees to the […]


CWS has launched a new campaign to stand in solidarity with those who have been displaced. Find out more. Visit GreaterAs1.org.

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