Europe and the Middle East
We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home. An opportunity to earn a living. A life free from violence, discrimination or stigma. A hopeful future.
That's why we're supporting marginalized neighbors in Europe and the Middle East. In Serbia, for example, we're helping Roma families break the generational cycle of poverty that they have faced for too long. In Georgia, we're supporting rural cooperatives as they earn a living through renewable energy. In Egypt, we are welcoming refugees who are building new lives far from home.
Together, we can help more people make this vision a reality.
An Oasis in the Desert
Can you imagine being 15 and being dropped off in Cairo, a city of 25 million people where you can’t speak the language, you don’t have shelter, you don’t have food, and you don’t know how to survive?
This isn’t a hypothetical question. This happens regularly, and with your help, we can be there to welcome our new neighbors when it does.
World Humanitarian Day: Humanity through Diversity – Refugees for Refugees
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
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 …
“There’s still hope in this world, despite everything.”
Ahmed* is the youngest program coordinator on staff at St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, CWS’s local partner in Cairo. A refugee from Nigeria, Ahmed graduated from the Adult Education Program himself a few years ago. We sat down with Ahmed in late 2019 to hear his story and what St. Andrew’s, known as StARS, means to him. What country where you …