Help us change the world. One vegetable garden at a time
CWS works with communities to overcome the root causes of hunger. Access to land to grow food is essential for both indigenous communities long denied right to their ancestral lands as well as to the women smallholder farmers who grow the vast majority of food consumed around the globe. Ensuring proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life is key to their healthy growth and realizing their full potential later in life. We work with communities to find ways to feed themselves sustainably and nutritiously.
Central American Food Security
Our CWS team and partners work to ensure that forced migration to urban areas or across borders is not the only way out of poverty for families in rural parts of Central America and that policies are enacted and enforced that support those in poverty.
CWS programs, implemented in partnership with Foods Resource Bank, aim to provide rural communities – especially women and youth – with access to technical assistance, training and economic opportunities. In the Honduran section of Central America´s dry corridor, partner Mennonite Commission of Social Action continued implementation of a multi-year plan that builds the skills and capacity of 600 participating families, community organizations in 14 locations and municipal authorities in the region.
Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia
Our team in Cambodia, together with partner Rural Development Association, reached nearly 3,500 families this year with programs designed to help increase food security and household income through better home gardening and poultry raising. Community information sessions about nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, sanitary latrine use and safe water led to improvements in family wellbeing, especially for children.
Integrated Community Development in Rural Myanmar
An important transition happened in our programs in Myanmar this year. What used to be individual projects for community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and water infrastructure improvement are now more holistic community development programs. The new, integrated approach includes community information sessions for parents about better nutrition for young children, improved household sanitation through latrine construction, first steps for families to improve their livelihoods through raising poultry and expanding home gardens and support for better access to safe water.