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CWS Begins Africa Initiatives

( [email protected] ) Apr 20, 2004 12:37 PM EDT

The Church World Service approved plans for a multi-year Africa initiative to help the continent’s ‘at-risk populations.’ The programs, entitled, “Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution; Durable Solutions for the Displaced; Hunger and Poverty Alleviation; Water for Life; and HIV/AIDS,” will target the needy in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Angola, Sudan and Tanzania.

“The intent of Church World Service’s initiative is long‑term commitment, support, and programs that step beyond traditional relief aid,” said the CWS executive director Rev John L. McCullough. “We’re going to be creative and focus on sustainable development projects, skills, and education.”

“The Africa Initiative is a statement of recognition of the monumental human suffering, pain, and brokenness that is an everyday experience on the world’s largest and yet least developed continent,” he said.