Immediate Response

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Helping communities recover

Both internationally and in the U.S., CWS focuses particular attention on reaching the most vulnerable disaster survivors, including those with the fewest means and those with language, age, disability and other access issues – in short, those having the hardest time recovering.

After a disaster, we quickly make contact with affected communities to offer CWS Kits, Emergency Cleanup Buckets and Blankets. In the U.S., we make ourselves available immediately with emergency grants for recovery groups, provide mentoring and inform communities of our multi-faceted training program, including on-site and webinar-based instruction. We also offer start-up and sustainability grants to local long-term recovery groups.

Our goal is to ensure that everyone – regardless of economic or social status – has a chance to recover.

Superstorm Sandy

In Superstorm Sandy’s immediate aftermath, CWS mobilized shipments of CWS Kits and Blankets with a total value of more than $1.3 million for survivors in the United States and the Caribbean. CWS emergency response specialists worked with long-term recovery and other community groups, reaching more than 1,200 participants with disaster recovery workshops in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia.

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CWS responded immediately after the devastating 2010 earthquake with material assistance, then worked with partners to develop programs that assisted young people, Haitians with disabilities and others who were displaced. CWS also assisted food cooperatives in northwest Haiti that sustained storm damage and sent emergency assistance to Cuba, including funding for emergency family food packages and water provision.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Kenya Drought Emergency Response

In 2017, drought in Kenya grew so severe levels that 2.7 million people nationwide were at risk of starvation. CWS responded by providing emergency food and cash-for-work opportunities in four counties hardest hit by drought, assisting more than 2,000 households to access basic needs during the time of emergency.