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Stories and advice from refugee women in Cairo

In honor of International Women’s Day, three refugee women in Cairo are sharing their wisdom and experiences. Laila from Sudan, Salam from Somalia and Najat from Eritrea are all part of the community at our local partner, St. Andrew’s Refugee Services. NAJAT Najat is an Eritrean mother who is passionate about handicrafts. She fled her city due to war, which …

On International Women’s Day, Celebrating Refugee Women in Lancaster

Meet Ruhama, Marie, Sami, Apsara and Muna. All five are refugees or asylum seekers who have participated in programs through our office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All five are using their strength to make their community a safer, healthier, more vibrant place. 💙 Each woman was nominated for recognition by CWS staff, and you’ll see why below. Then we asked them …

Hope, fear and resilience as a family fights for a safer future

In honor of International Women’s Day, I am telling you the story of one of the many women who immigrate to the United States to escape persecution and abuse. These mothers fight for the lives of their children no matter how many sacrifices they have to go through. Sara Hernandez*, 36, is a Cuban mother who fled repression and mistreatment …

“Today I have 11 eggs!”

Ngo Quoc Dung |

”I was on my way to the market and met Vui, who is the head of the hen raising group in my village. She told me some visitors were waiting for me at home. I rushed back home and wondered who the guests were.” Cam Thi Thao is a Thai woman living in Phuc Than commune in Vietnam. Thao and …

“We have a lot of work to do. We aren’t finished yet.”

Erwin Garzona, with contributions from Luciano Cadoni |

One afternoon in October, Andrea Barrios and her team of volunteers from CWS partner Colectivo Artesana knew they were being followed. They were in northeastern Guatemala, distributing supplies after Hurricanes Eta and Iota. That night, someone tried to break into their hotel room, likely to rob them. The women were traveling with a truck of supplies–some funded by CWS–for families …