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What led me to this moment – reflections from CWS’s new President and CEO

Rick Santos | January 19, 2021

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead Church World Service at this moment in its history. With CWS’s 75 years of making a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our world, roots in churches and communities in the United States and across the globe, and a commitment to justice, there is no …

A Simple Piece of Wood

Luciano Cadoni | December 10, 2020

A simple piece of wood. Objectively, that’s what you see in this photo. And for most people, it’s just that. But for our colleagues at the Civil Association of Relatives of Detainees of Argentina—known as ACIFAD for its acronym in Spanish— and for us, it’s a lot more than that. It’s the result of years of struggle, countless meetings, setbacks …

As Hardships Grow, so Does a Harmful Practice

Mary Obiero and Jasmine Huggins | November 18, 2020

In many cultures across the globe, female genital mutilation – or FGM – has long been practiced as a rite of passage marking the transition of girls to womanhood. It is often considered a necessary steppingstone to marriage and motherhood. On the contrary, FGM is now increasingly understood to be a painful, unnecessary tradition without medical benefits. Its harmful effects …

The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer in the Vice-Presidency of Kamala Harris

Rev. Reuben Eckels | November 12, 2020

Senator Kamala Harris’s historic election as the first Black woman to serve as vice president is proof that Black people and particularly Black women can exercise their power to move a nation to open doors to everyone. It is a testament to hard-fought and hard-won gains of Black women pioneers who came before her, like Fannie Lou Hamer—who fought for …

Food security despite the odds in Nicaragua

October 7, 2020

For families in rural Nicaragua, food security can be a hard goal to reach. They are up against the effects of climate change and political unrest, which disrupt their daily lives and harvests. In partnership with Growing Hope Globally and respected local organization CIEETS, we’ve been teaming up with 220 families in eight communities to thrive in spite of adversity. …