Around the world 100 million people are displaced, including 27 million who have fled their countries because of conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. More than 40% of these refugees are children.
For the most vulnerable among them, resettlement to a safe country is their best hope for finding safety and building a future for their children.
Since CWS began its work responding to the devastation of World War II, we have helped refugee families rebuild their lives in the United States. Through partnership with local communities and congregations we ensure each arriving family is met with a warm welcome and provided with the services they need to thrive and become valued members of their new communities.
Welcoming refugees and helping get a strong start in the United States is good for all of us. Refugees overwhelmingly give back to the communities that welcome them, opening businesses, volunteering and becoming actively engaged citizens.
The Arrival That Brought Back Memories
The long-awaited day was here for the Eritrean family. Our CWS team gathered at the curb of a small airport in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We scanned the horizon for a van that would be bringing our newly arrived clients, who had landed in Washington D.C. just a few hours earlier. I have not had the opportunity to welcome newly arrived refugees …
Raul’s Silver Lining
Trigger Warning: This story mentions instances of sexual abuse, child abuse, kidnapping and human trafficking. For most people seeking asylum, the journey to a safe home requires an incredible amount of trust and hope. This is especially true for unaccompanied immigrant minors, whose age and lack of companionship make them more vulnerable in an already dangerous situation. For Raul,* trusting …
What a Difference a Year Brings
One year ago, Najiba, a young mother of 6-month and 3-year-old girls, was preparing to leave the mountainous hamlet in Afghanistan, where she’d lived her entire life. Left behind would be her widowed mother and a brother who has a disability. Another brother would soon escape to Iraq. Soon Najiba would be joining her husband, Naser, a security guard for …