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“There was no stopping me after that. I knew I’d make it.”

Anne Lizette Sta. Maria | October 18, 2021

  While gardening in Sedona, AZ, Helena Sigman heard a sound that, she says, paralyzed her completely. The city was putting on a show of old airplanes. Although over 70 years had passed, she recognized one of the planes as the same kind that would swoop down and shoot during and after World War II. At the time, she and …

In the Face of Climate-Related Disasters Hope Remains, but Action is Needed

Jasmine Huggins | September 15, 2021

It will take some time before we know the economic and toll of Hurricane Ida. America’s 6th most expensive storm, and Louisiana’s 2nd worst, came 16 years after the historic Katrina. As Americans recover from the horror of neighbors drowning in their own basements, as families as far north as Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey try to …

Afghan Arrival Update: September 9, 2021

September 9, 2021

Starting in mid-August, as Kabul fell to the Taliban, the United States government scrambled to evacuate as many people as they could before the August 31 deadline. Most of these people were evacuated to third nations, from Albania to Uganda and lots of countries in between. We are still trying to get a better understanding of who is in each …

World Humanitarian Day: Humanity through Diversity – Refugees for Refugees

Alaa Kasmo | August 18, 2021

St. Andrew’s Refugee Services is CWS’s partner on the ground in Cairo, Egypt.   Eight years ago, if you asked me what the word “humanitarian” means, I would have given an unclear and general answer, most likely the one that you could find in a dictionary or a journal. Eight years on, I can confidently say that “humanitarian” is not just …

The Best Lens to View the World Through

Abby Becker |

I love scrolling through the pages of photos that tell the CWS story. There’s a kid-in-a-candy-shop moment when a photo request comes across my desk. When I do, I am immediately transported back to the trips I’ve taken. What’s the best part about those trips? The amazing–let me emphasize that, AMAZING–people I’ve met along the way. I’m never fully packed …