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World Humanitarian Day: Watching a Response Unfold

August 18, 2021

Catchlight Pictures Indonesia is a photography and videography studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. We have partnered with their team several times in the last few years to document our work in Indonesia, especially our humanitarian response to the earthquake, tsunamis and liquefaction that struck Central Sulawesi in September 2018. All photos credit Catchlight Pictures. Our phone rang in early October 2018. …

Transitions and Legacies

August 11, 2021

A few months ago I returned to the U.S. from serving as CWS Asia Regional Director for the past seven years. This also marks the end of a 30+ year of international humanitarian and development work for me. What an adventure, education and privilege it has been. In 1990 I started my Peace Corps Volunteer service in southern Thailand. Since …

That’s a Wrap: CWS Ration Challenge 2021

July 6, 2021

After all the planning, the fundraising, the rationing, and the rice (so much rice), finishing the Ration Challenge each year always brings an overwhelming sense of achievement, but also humility and sadness at the realization that many refugees experience eating rations for many, many years and for them there is no end in sight. Our team here at Church World …

Juneteenth: Still We Rise

Rev. Reuben Eckels | June 17, 2021

The Tulsa race massacre was not a single event of white rage in America but one of many genocidal confrontations that happened in places such as Rosewood, Florida, Springfield, Michigan and Wilmington, North Carolina.   These massacres were meant not just to obliterate Black progress but to humiliate and crush the spirit of Black people. Like the slave-breaking overseers hired by …

After the Deadly Winter Storm, CWS Supplies and Funds Went to Houston Quickly

June 8, 2021

Houston is home to the second-largest Vietnamese population in the United States. Jannette Diep is the Executive Director of the Houston branch of Boat People SOS. She and her team provide a wealth of services to the Vietnamese community, as well as other refugees and immigrants. Most BPSOS clients are from underserved and low-income families, many of whom have just …