U.S. and Worldwide Support

75% of funds raised by the Concord Area CROP Walk for the Hungry go to Church World Service for worldwide emergency relief of disasters - floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes - and for fighting the root causes of hunger through community development programs in 30 underdeveloped countries. Here are a few examples of the many programs CWS supports.

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CWS has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. We affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. We meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on. 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.

Cambodia – In Cambodia, CWS and our local partners reached 33,169 people in 64 communities this year. Together, our team helped these families improve their food security, access to safe water, community banking, and understanding of good sanitation and hygiene.

Timor – The Timor Zero Hunger team provides therapeutic feeding centers to treat severely malnourished children with high-energy milk and nutritious food supplements. Importantly, the mothers are trained to better feed their children. CWS also supported home gardening, chicken-raising, improved water sources, and hygiene knowledge. 21,212 from 22 rural communities and one city were impacted.

Serbia – Europe’s Roma population faces severe discrimination, lack of education, and extreme poverty. Two out of three Roma children live in poverty, and only one in five will finish primary school. CWS’ Roma program provides rights-based, long-term support to Roma women and children. This year, CWS assisted 153 households. 133 children finished the school year and 26 women finished literacy classes.

Kenya, Tanzania – Since 2008, CWS’ Water for Life has benefitted 182 communities across the drylands of Kenya and rural households in Tanzania. CWS and partners work with communities to identify innovative, cost-effective and environmentally sound water system improvements, including sand dams, boreholes, weirs and rock catchments. Participating communities contribute their skills and locally available materials, which fosters local ownership, improves sustainability and reduces costs. Over the last eight months, the average distance to clean water for 19 communities in East Africa has decreased from 6.3 miles to 0.6 miles.

Europe - Lack of access and the high cost of energy traps the poorest communities in vicious cycles of poverty and environmental degradation. But it is possible to simultaneously develop strategies that address climate change, address hunger and poverty and build sustainable development strategies. By promoting decentralized affordable, low carbon, renewable green energy technologies such as solar energy, bio mass conversion and eco–san toilets through community owned and managed social enterprise projects, CWS is helping vulnerable groups in Moldova, Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to generate their own power supplies for homes and schools, manage water supplies, grow more food, improve sanitation and reduce recurring health problems.