Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
Whether along the shores of New Jersey or in the capital of Haiti, a disaster does not go away once attention turns elsewhere. In fact, for many the struggle to recover from a disaster can take months, even years.
That is why CWS ardently promotes the local long-term recovery effort in communities affected by disaster. CWS disaster response partners, such as denominational and secular relief agencies, bring together faith-based and secular groups to work together following a disaster.
In the U.S., local community-based long-term recovery groups work to identify cases of need following a disaster and help each client recover. Outside the U.S., CWS often works with partners to rebuild housing, implements food security projects so that communities have enough to eat and works with groups to protect children and other vulnerable people.
We still believe in Haiti, and more than five years later are still at it: supporting agricultural production and food security programs for 5,365 people in the northwest part of the country. We believe in Haiti’s children and in their fundamental rights – that is why we continue to fight against child domestic servitude and rebuilt four schools destroyed in the earthquake to allow 1,288 children to attend classes in a dignified manner.
Photo: Aaron Tate/CWS
CWS continues its large program of response to Superstorm Sandy. CWS has approved 15 grants for long-term recovery groups; conducted more than three dozen “Recovery Tools and Training,” community preparedness and resiliency, and other workshops and is providing ongoing consultation and support for recovery groups.
Photo: Carol Fouke-Mpoyo/CWS