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Who we are

CWS LAC is the regional office for Latin America and Caribbean of Church World Service, a global humanitarian agency supported by 37 U.S. Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches who came together to do in partnership what none of us could do as well alone: deliver relief and empower communities.


CWS works with local partners and serves peoples of all faiths and traditions in the areas of social and economic development, emergency response, assistance to refugees, and education and advocacy in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the US.


Our mission is to transform communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

How we work

  • We build bridges between South and North

    CWS makes it possible for our member denominations, congregations, individuals and other donors to share with the region's most vulnerable and marginalized groups. We support and accompany local organizations who are working on the ground, often in difficult conditions, to reach those in greatest need. We bring the stories of those in the North and South to each other, and provide opportunities for personal exchanges


  • Our work is ecumenical and respects all faiths and traditions

    CWS and its partners do not proselytize. We bring together various Christian churches and organizations. We work in ecumenical cooperation and together with secular organizations to reach common goals related to eradicating hunger and poverty and promoting peace and justice


  • Our partnerships are locally-driven

    Most programs we support are designed in a joint process with our local partners and communities members. Our support reflects the time we spend in dialogue with our partners to build relationships and to cultivate in-depth, on the ground knowledge and understanding of their local reality, needs, challenges and accomplishments


The following values also underlie how we work:

  • Accompanying the most vulnerable
  • Promoting the dignity and rights of all people
  • Collaboration among a wide range of denominations and groups
  • Partnership based on respect for local cultures, communities and churches
  • Being responsible stewards of resources


Program planning occurs for four year cycles, (2009-2012, 2013-2016 etc.). Our work is driven by expected outcomes, innovation and social transformation.