Church World Service (CWS)

Church World Service works to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice around the world. Founded in 1946, the U.S.-based not-for-profit focuses its efforts on sustainable solutions that reduce vulnerability and marginalization.

Whether our solutions involve providing a clean water source or resettling refugees, our actions are unique for each community and incorporate a local voice into decisions made.

We work in three primary areas: promoting food security & nutrition, ensuring access to clean water and protecting vulnerable communities, especially women and children.

Food Security & Nutrition
CWS promotes sustainable, nutritious food sources that are locally appropriate, nutritious and sustainable. Through emergency food assistance in times of disaster to helping communities identify and grow sustainable gardens, helping hungry people around the world is the cornerstone of our mission.

Access to Clean Water
Rainwater catchment systems. Filtering. Sand dams and more. CWS uses these and other tools because it recognizes the role access to clean, safe water plays in fighting hunger and promoting safety in vulnerable communities.

Protecting Vulnerable Women & Children
In many communities, impoverished women and children are especially vulnerable to poverty, particularly in times of disaster. CWS works to ensure its programs address the underlying causes that keep women and children susceptible to risk.

Resettling refugees from war-torn Europe and Asia was one of our first areas of work. Today, we are one of the few agencies the U.S. Department of State turns to in resettling refugees by federal contract, through our extensive network of local affiliates.

CWS enjoys robust relationships with a network of local organizations around the world. These local partners know how best to serve their communities. Together, we’re working toward a world where there is Enough for All.