Julie Brumana | July 21, 2014
I had an amazing opportunity this fall to travel to East Africa with several other U.S.-based CWS staff colleagues to visit with CWS staff, partners, and projects throughout Kenya and Tanzania.
I met many people whose lives had been touched by their partnership with CWS. I met schoolchildren enjoying the benefit of desks, latrines and water as well as their parents who now have a voice in the education of their children. I met community leaders who showed us greenhouses, livestock and beehives which are providing food, income and hope to their communities. I met youth taking charge of their own futures by supporting one another and lifting up the inherent value each one possesses. And I met Christopher.
Yukiko Maki-Murakami | July 15, 2014
Three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, CWS continues to support local partners working to help survivors. Yukiko Maki-Murakami, project officer for CWS Japan, visited Fukushima with one of our generous donors in May 2014 to see firsthand some results of CWS’s recovery work with survivors of the disaster. Following are some of her impressions:
I regretted that due to my overseas assignment during the period it took me over three years to make my first visit to Fukushima after the nuclear power plant disaster. When I heard the stories of actual victims, I felt ashamed of the superficial knowledge I had gained from secondhand reports.
I accompanied Eiichiro Kuwana of the Japanese American Association of New York. The association was one of the donors to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami project, which ended after three years. Kuwana was very much interested in seeing and knowing the current situation and issues toward the recovery of Fukushima.
Kelli Siddiqui | July 10, 2014
“It was Friday, and I was out looking for daily work. I waited until around noon where laborers gather to find daily work. On that day, no one selected me for work so I returned to my village. This region is very hilly. As I passed a hill near my village, I saw a lot of people standing by where the landslide covered our village and homes. At first, I thought I was dreaming or my eyes were not working. Then, I realized it was not a dream.
“I could see from the upper part of the hill that there was a landslide and part of the village had also slid away. I could see in the valley a lot of mud where my home and children would have been. As I came closer, I could see people from our neighboring village removing dead bodies."
Chris Herlinger | July 8, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda – A telling moment as I finished up an assignment here in Uganda came not when I was in the impoverished Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda, the focus of my work, but here in the capital of Kampala.
Getting lunch at my hotel, I spoke to some fellow visitors and they asked me what had brought me to Uganda. When I told them I had been in Karamoja, one woman looked surprised and said, “Did you find food there?” When I asked another woman how people in Kampala perceive Karamoja, she replied without a beat, “Backwards.”
Rev. John L. McCullough | July 2, 2014
As original published on the 1,000 Days Nutrition Newsroom, June 25, 2014
There’s a saying amongst those humanitarians who respond to disasters as their professional focus.
“If you’ve seen one disaster … you’ve seen one disaster.”
No two disasters are alike. Disaster rips bare the tissue that makes up a community revealing all parts at once. The good traits of resilience, human connection and the natural tendency to help. And, the bad – marginalization, once hidden, becomes more pronounced. Chronic problems usually unseen are often most visible when catastrophe knocks off the polish that makes it easy to ignore, and reveal the connections that work together to keep hunger and poverty systematized.
Rev. John L. McCullough | June 27, 2014
As originally published by The Hill, March 28, 2014, 3 pm
Our nation would rightfully be outraged if another country turned away 52,000 children seeking safety from violence, gang conscription, rape and drug wars. Yet, as this happens right now inside our own borders, some lawmakers have the audacity to use these innocent migrant children for their own partisan agenda. As neighbors, we have a moral obligation to support and protect these young sojourners from harm – whether it be extreme violence and desperation in making a dangerous journey – or the partisan abuse of their circumstances for political ends.
Angela Rupchock-Schafer | June 24, 2014
We are winning the fight against hunger and poverty. We are winning it in concrete, measurable ways. Ways most visible in the numbers of young lives saved and communities changed through targeted, sustainable and strategic programs. Global hunger has been reduced by more than 34 percent since 1990, an amazing feat. And yet, listening to the national and international conversation around development assistance and poverty-fighting programs, one could be easily convinced otherwise.
It seems many don’t realize – or choose to ignore – that incredible progress in the fight against hunger and poverty has been realized over the past 30 years. The Zero Hunger Challenge attests to that progress and growth and is a voice that calls for action. The vibrancy and strength of grassroots advocates and leaders in working to convince governments and organizations to be active participants in the movement to end hunger in our lifetimes is nothing short of miraculous. But we can no longer, as a development community, continue to trust in our motives alone to move our agenda forward.
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