Women make up approximately one half the population of the world, yet nearly two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. All around the globe women face hardship caused by lack of education, lack of opportunity and lack of equality. It is a recipe guaranteed to perpetuate the patterns that trap so many of them – and their children – in poverty.

For these reasons CWS supports programs to provide education for marginalized children and training to increase the income-earning potential of women in developing communities throughout the world. It is why we help schools develop safe and attractive environments for learning and why we support programs that advocate for the rights of children of incarcerated parents. It is also why we work with parents, teachers and children to help them learn the value of good hygiene and the practices necessary to improve their health.