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. Visit the CWS web site to learn more.
CWS has a mandate to improve lives for the most marginalized and vulnerable people in the world. We approach this as holistically as possible. We understand that policies and prejudices keep the world’s poor and vulnerable in a cycle of injustice and poverty. So we advocate for changes in policy, and help those we serve to ensure their voices are heard. CWS was created as a response to an emergency. We recognize the world’s poor are most vulnerable to disaster, and we work both to prevent and to respond to calamities. We will not achieve our mission of promoting peace and justice, and eradicating hunger and poverty, without addressing basic needs like food, water and community infrastructure. CWS serves those who can no longer remain in their homes. For refugees and the displaced, we provide care and accompaniment.
Disaster Response - CWS is responding to the crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America and crossing the border primarily in the Rio Grande valley on Texas’s Gulf Coast. CWS has deployed Spanish-speaking legal staff to the border, has used our local and affiliate offices to support children who have now been placed elsewhere in the U.S. and provided both legal and material resources to help the children and their families remain secure.
Community Development - Improving public health is the focus of our village-based program in Cambodia’s Central and North Central provinces. The project provides refresher training for traditional birth attendants and makes it possible for health volunteers to educate local volunteers in remote areas about disease, risk and prevention. The volunteers then share information about common diseases like malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and HIV.
Food Security – “The biggest problem is hunger, and all aspects of the struggle to eradicate hunger are critical to what we do.” Working together with cutting-edge partners, CWS is addressing the food insecurity, drought and poverty that has plagued the Karamoja region of northeast Uganda for years. “We feel empowered now,” says one village elder.
Water - With safe, accessible water in short supply in Myine Thar Yar village in Kayin State, Myanmar, the construction of a locally-managed water supply system that uses gravity to move water downhill to the village has had a huge impact on life here and in and surrounding villages. “I feel secure now when taking a bath,” says village resident Cho. “The water is clean and good for health and each household has an equal and fair share of water.”