Program Snapshots

Kenya: Food distribution
Drought-resistant maize and cowpeas, made possible through CWS programs. Photo: Amelia Vogler/CWS


Riziki Yoana was struggling to provide for her siblings and her children when a private developer forced her and 500 others from their village.

“I was both jobless and homeless,” said Riziki, who was fired for taking time to find a new place for her family to stay. “We slept in the open for two months. We lived one day at a time,” Riziki said. “I had given up until CWS came to my rescue.”

Through a program that engages youth, CWS helped the family acquire emergency food and shelter. Knowing she needed a more permanent solution, Riziki asked CWS for a small grant to start a vegetable business.

With access to short-term food assistance and CWS’s investment in long-term sustainability, Riziki is now doing much more than feeding her family. She is earning enough to send her siblings and her children to school. As she puts it, “CWS has given me hope to live again!”


After Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Marie Therese Mayard and her friends were asking what – and even if – they would eat. “We still haven’t eaten anything today,” she said one afternoon, days after the earthquake.

CWS knew Marie, and thousands like her, couldn’t wait days for a food shipment from another country. Instead, Marie was able to buy her own food with a $75 grant from CWS.

Now, long after the disaster – when other sources of assistance have ended – CWS is still helping people meet their basic food needs. With smaller community-based partners in Haiti’s northwest, we’re supporting 13 farming cooperatives with more than 1,350 members – more than half are women. Our goal? To help as many as 4,500 families grow their own food – a sustainable, economical solution. It’s our favorite way of putting ourselves out of business.