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Emergency Appeal: Flood Relief in Kenya

December 4, 2019

Appeal code: 642X Appeal amount: $500,000 SITUATION Kenya’s rainy season is from October through December. While the rains can improve pasture conditions in arid or semi-arid regions and recharge water systems, heavy storms and resulting flooding have also been devastating. Flash floods and overflowing rivers have affected at least 31 of Kenya’s 47 counties, and some have experienced landslides or …

Church World Service Celebrates the Launch of Light the World Giving Machines

Christopher Plummer | December 3, 2019

New York City — Today, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in New York City, Church World Service joined with international and local charitable partners to launch this year’s Light the World Giving Machines campaign. The event, which coincided with Giving Tuesday, marked the beginning of a campaign encouraging communities to visit vending machines around the world and buy gifts that will …

Disaster Recovery Support Initiative moves to Church World Service

December 2, 2019

A pilot program to help communities launch long-term recovery following disasters is growing ecumenically. Over the past two years, the disaster ministries of the United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Church of the Brethren have pioneered the Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) in nine states and U.S. territories. Now DRSI is folding into the Disaster Programs …

Church World Service Praises Introduction of Refugee Protection Act

November 21, 2019

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2019 Church World Service Praises Introduction of Refugee Protection Act CWS urges all Members of Congress to cosponsor this legislation, protect refugees and asylum seekers. Washington, D.C. – Church World Service today praised the introduction of the Refugee Protection Act of 2019, legislation that would restore U.S. leadership in refugee protection and resettlement. The Act …

CWS Challenges Trump Administration’s Executive Order Allowing State and Local Officials to Block Refugee Resettlement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    November 21, 2019 FAITH-BASED REFUGEE HUMANITARIAN GROUPS FILE CHALLENGE TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWING STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS TO BLOCK REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT Church World Service, HIAS and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are co-plaintiffs in new lawsuit (Greenbelt, MD) – Today, three refugee resettlement agencies, Church World Service (CWS), HIAS and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee …