What do they do?
Christian World Service is a faith-based organization that works in partnership with communities across the developing world to help ensure people can build lives free from injustice and poverty. CWS responds to people’s needs regardless of race or religion, and is the development agency of New Zealand churches.
How can I be involved?
Come to an event where CWS is present, including the Parachute music festival, Samstock in Dunedin, Church national youth conferences and local churches. Local actions are regularly publicised on the website.
Sign up for regular resources: @world magazine (a 3 times a year report on actions), Youth topics (designed for youth groups) and World Watch (for 7-13 year olds). All of these include suggestions for local actions linked to international efforts.
Join in the campaign work – by signing petitions, organising stalls, hosting an event (eg in Fair Trade Fortnight) or by meeting with local political candidates. CWS is currently working in the area of economic justice (especially on debt cancellation for developing countries and trade justice through fairer international trade rules and expanding the fair trade market) banning cluster munitions and climate change It also focuses on specific country issues including Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, West Papua and Zimbabwe. In July/August 2008 it held a Global Youth Encounter: Making Peace a Reality involving young people from partner groups in various parts of the country. Follow-up actions are planned and you are welcome to join the network.
Become a volunteer by helping out at an event or in the Christchurch office.
Donate to an emergency appeal or through the Global Neighbours scheme (enabling you to make a link with a specific long term funding partner). CWS also promotes an annual Wipe Out Poverty event for young people.