Healing through help and hope has been the simple, unwavering vision of Church World Service since it was founded over 60 years ago. The missions of CWS are: To eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS remains firmly on the side of ...
Community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger in the US and around the world.
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Utilizes the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change to promote just and ecologically sustainable development.
East Timor or officially named as Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste became a free nation on 20 May 2002. The nation whose official languages are Portuguese and Tetum has gone through numerous conflicts and occupations.
Following a referendum in 1999, conflicts escalated between Anti Independence Militia and those who were pro-independence. The militias killed over a thousand Timorese and forcibly pushed hundred thousands people into Western Timor as refugees. The majority of the country's infrastructure, including homes, irrigation systems, water supply systems, and schools, and nearly 100% of the country's electrical grid were destroyed.
After several years of independence, it is relatively peaceful now in East Timor. Development has been commenced across the country. However, the country of only over a million population remains one of the poorest country in the world. East Timor has one of the lowest per capita GDP in the world. Moreover, its Human Development Index (HDI) is 142nd among the world’s nations.
Large numbers of people remain vulnerable to natural disasters and food shortages. Poverty and high levels of unemployment, particularly among young men and women, remain widespread. In addition, the risk of people getting infectious diseases is high. The people have a low level of health awareness and suffer from a health care system with limited resources and technical skills.
Church World Service has been working with the government and community in responding these challenges through the following programs:
Strengthening Livelihood Security for Poor Micro-entrepreneurs program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for a three-year period of 2009 to 2012. The program is implemented in five districts of Dili, Manufahi, Aileu, Liquica and Ainaro.
Along with the challenge of nation building, East Timor government has identified health as being among the most crucial in its National Development Plan. Timorese have a low level of health awareness and suffer from a health care system with limited resources and technical skills.