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.

Cash for Work

With the unprecedented succession of extreme weather events such as drought that have caused immense economic disruption and significant human misery; CWS and its partners under the Act Alliance -Kenya forum have made it possible to employ cash based approaches to respond to the Kenya’s drought situation; a national disaster, where 2.7 million were at risk of hunger and starvation. Through mobile money transfers, targeted households in Baringo, Tana River and West Pokot counties were able to receive money for each day’s work, and this money helped ensure that they can buy food and other essential supplies needed to get them through the drought period. Access the Cash for Work manual here.


Hurricane Relief in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico

In the fall of 2017, CWS responded when three major hurricanes struck the U.S., providing supplies and support to affected communities. More than 100,000 CWS Hygiene Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets were mobilized, providing critical supplies for families who were re-entering their homes.

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.

Photo: Chukwudi Ozo-Onyali


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