Our Approach to Relief and Development

Photo: Lisa Hayes/CWS

A lot has changed since trains and ships built the connection between communities who were called by faith, their sense of humanity or kindness to help, and other communities who so desperately needed support. The lifeline CWS shaped and nurtured led to incredible relationships with those whose survival depended on assistance, and the ones who made the help possible.

Our relationships provided understanding and learning about the challenges that kept struggling communities in despair. About their resolve to change their situation, with even a little help. We have learned the world is full of individuals, families, communities, foundations who refuse to accept hunger, poverty, displacement as a status quo and are willing to do something about it.

We have made significant gains in nearly 70 years. Recent global estimates indicate the number of hungry people in the world has dropped below 800 million. Undernourishment has been halved globally. Indeed, CWS development programs are aligned with areas where gains have been significant, and impact lives in ways numbers may never show.

Our learnings give life to the programs that grew from simply providing emergency food, to working in partnership with communities to address the root causes of their hunger, freeing them from dependence. Our work has evolved from simple food aid to comprehensive solutions and expertise. We work with communities in need to help them overcome the challenges that keep them locked in a cycle of hunger and poverty, and act as their advocate in securing changes in policy that reduce vulnerability and mitigate injustice.

What will not change is our commitment to ending hunger and poverty through sustainable food, water, education and health programs that are built on relationships with those we serve, and the generosity of others that makes our work possible.