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Reflections, prayers and new commitments on the anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake

Takeshi Komino | January 16, 2020

I remember the day I was told, “Kobe is on fire.” January 17th marks the 25th year anniversary from Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, which killed more than 6,400 people in 1995. Ninety percent were crushed by collapsing houses. I was a teenager living outside Japan at the time. But, now I have moved to Kobe, where my wife’s family lives. …

Paths out of Poverty in Myanmar: Haircuts, Textiles, Rice and More

Marvin Pannell | January 6, 2020

You may have heard about CWS and the ACT Alliance before. ACT is a coalition of churches and faith-based organizations that work in countries all over the world. It’s a platform for its members, including CWS, to coordinate our programs to be as efficient and effective as possible. To that end, many countries, including Myanmar, have ACT national forums. There …

Remembering the Haiti earthquake, 10 Years Later

Margot de Greef | January 2, 2020

*Warning: this poem contains graphic imagery.* January 12, 2010 4:53 pm Shaking, dust, screaming and then; an earthquake killed thousands of children, women and men. Corpses and limbs on the street. Colorful school uniforms on children without a heartbeat. Houses, schools and churches flat. Under the stars or in a tent to bed. So many and so much lost such …

O Little House of Bethlehem

Stacey Clack, CWS Mid-West Faith Community Organizer | December 19, 2019

How a church in Texas is using its resources in partnership with Refugee Services of Texas Dallas to extend welcome to newcomers.  As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the Christmas season, I can’t help but be reminded of a small town called Bethlehem.   This small town, that sits about six miles southwest of Jerusalem, has a long history of being a place of refuge.  Bethlehem offered refuge to shepherds …

Celebration of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Highlights Voices of Children of Incarcerated Parents

Luciano Cadoni | November 20, 2019

Today in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the highest judiciary body in Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted a special session. Judges from the court heard directly from children affected by migration, incarceration and armed conflict. Two of the presenters, Hector from Nicaragua and …