Empowering Families

to move beyond the cycle of poverty

Our work in development

The cycle of poverty can end. Empowering vulnerable women, men and children to grow their own potential is key. We work with communities to identify their various needs and accompany them as they craft and maintain sustainable, local solutions. While a CWS program may be classified as ‘food security,’ the overall focus is much broader than one particular issue.

Our global development programs turn potential into reality in a continuum of care. One community, one family, one precious child at a time. Join us. We need you.


CWS provides help in crises, immediately and in the long term.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/CWS

Food security

CWS ensures communities have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

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We all need water to survive. CWS helps makes sure water is safe to drink and is reasonably accessible.

Photo: Beno Peuru

Women and children

Women and children are impacted most when resources are scarce. Focusing on their needs is essential.

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Where we work

We believe that there is enough food, water and justice for everyone in our world. Our work to build alliances among faith groups, civil society, advocates and those in need, and provide programs and services that are impactful, is as critical now as it ever has been. In the past year alone, we've been able to make differences in tens of thousands of lives in more than 30 countries.


Assisting those displaced in more than 30 countries. Coming alongside communities to access clean water and build safe schools.

Photo: Annie Griffiths/Ripple Effect Images

Europe, Middle East and North Africa

Empowering Roma communities. Developing sustainable energy solutions. Caring for refugees in Cairo.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey

Latin America and Caribbean

Protecting vulnerable children. Building community in the Gran Chaco. Rebuilding after the Haiti earthquake.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey

North America

Helping refugees build a new life and home. Addressing domestic hunger. Speaking out on global issues.

Photo: Sean Roberts


Enhancing resilience through disaster risk reduction. Working for peace with vulnerable populations. Building sustainable communities.

Photo: CWS