Kenya: Mwingi food distribution
Community members of the Kalimbui rock catchment assist with the emergency food distribution. Photo: Amelia Vogler/CWS

CWS began working in Africa in 1964, delivering 50,000 tons of aid to war stricken Algeria and starting an emergency feeding program in the Congo. CWS continues to work in the area of emergency preparedness and response today, with an additional focus on several development initiatives.

Food Security

Hunger affects more than 840 million people worldwide, more than 300 million of whom are in Africa. CWS assists marginalized households and communities to ensure access to food. >>

Emergency Response

Drought continues to impact much of the Africa region, with the 2011 drought considered the worst to hit the Horn of Africa in 60 years. CWS seeks to save lives and reduce suffering. >>

Children and Youth

CWS assists vulnerable children through the Giving Hope program, while promoting safe educational environments for children with the School Safe Zones program. >>

Resettlement Support

As part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Government, CWS's Resettlement Support Center assists persons seeking or suggested for admission to the U.S. >>

Water for Life

Some 300 million people in Africa lack clean water. CWS improves the availability and accessibility of water in the communities with which we work, particularly in Kenya. >>

Learn more about our programs in Africa on our microsite. >>