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Haiti: 4 Years After the Earthquake PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rev. John L. McCullough for CWS   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:14

It is easy to forget that this Sunday – January 12 – marks four years since Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. With crises in Syria, Africa and Asia, and this year’s record- breaking winter temperatures affecting Europe and North America, the world’s focus has – understandably – long since moved on from Haiti.

But four years later, hundreds of thousands of Haitians still are directly facing the consequences of a dire disaster.

History has demonstrated that it takes a long time to recover from disaster of any magnitude. By all accounts, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti viciously shook up conventional ideas of what it means to be human community. Never has there been such an outpouring of compassionate response.

Yet the recovery in Haiti still is incomplete.

Let’s take stock. After the quake, world attention was focused almost entirely on Haiti. Shocked televised spectacle of one of the world’s poorest countries grappling to respond to a catastrophic natural disaster, the public took action with a combination of compassion, anger and solidarity.

Hundreds of humanitarian agencies flew in, thousands of personal pledges were made, governments promised international aid and millions of dollars were donated to charities around the world. At least half of America’s households made donations to organizations responding to the crisis in what remains the most significant public response to a humanitarian disaster in American history.

For our part, we at CWS are proud of what we accomplished.  We delivered more than $2 million in material aid and initiated solid, sustaining programs that, among other things, built and repaired houses, many for people with disabilities. We also expanded support for 13 food cooperatives in Haiti’s Northwest and Artibonite regions.

More broadly, President Obama called for a global humanitarian response and stressed that the United States would accompany Haiti “in its time of need.” The U.S. government provided more than $3 billion in combined aid. “Build Back Better” became the anthem of this global cry for action to build a new Haiti.

But in January 2014, hundreds of thousands of Haitians still await the building of their better world, with no idea when it will occur. Certainly, some progress has been made, but who has benefitted? More than 800,000 Haitians today still depend on humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations. At least 145,000 still live in the “temporary camps” built to accommodate families internally displaced after the earthquake. And still there exists no comprehensive national housing plan.

Hunger and malnutrition, especially in Haiti’s far west, remain acute. One-third of Haitians are food “insecure” – meaning they have difficulty accessing food – yet funders repeatedly fail to support Haitian plans for agricultural development and food security.

More than 60 percent of Haiti’s population depends on agriculture, yet international donors instead have poured millions of dollars into the establishment of free trade zones on Haiti’s best arable land.

Those watching Syria and other disasters should take note of what has happened in Haiti over these past four years. The manner in which the international community responded to Haiti will remain the litmus test for how natural and manmade disasters are addressed elsewhere.

The systematic policy failures, lack of leadership and unclear political action - in Haiti and in international centers where policy towards Haiti is decided - explains why so many Haitians today are still waiting for their country and their lives to be “built back better.”

Rev. John L. McCullough is President and CEO of CWS.

Raising the Bar for a Cause at CrossFit Bond PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:11

Rock Island, IL – The popularity of crossfit fitness programs continues to build momentum with both serious exercisers and newcomers. On January 24, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is raising the bar at CrossFit Bond, giving viewers the opportunity to see what the crossfit trend is all about. A viewing party is scheduled at 5:00 pm at 1417 Kimberly Road in Bettendorf. CrossFit is a worldwide strength and conditioning fitness program that uses a wide variety of exercises, including running, rowing, plyometrics, gymnastics, weight training, and Olympic weightlifting techniques. CrossFit Bond is providing a unique opportunity to observe a workout to see what this new craze is all about. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will go directly to Christian Care’s Domestic Violence Shelter and Rescue Mission to help them transform the lives of the homeless and survivors of domestic violence. A Christian Care representative will be on hand to answer any questions about the organization.

The Rock Island Arsenal’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) recognizes Army noncommissioned officers in the ranks of corporal through sergeant first class who display exemplary leadership, characterized by personal concern for the needs, training development and welfare of soldiers. To be inducted into the SAMC, a soldier must be recommended by his chain of command. The club's namesake, Audie Murphy, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II.

CrossFit Bond is a strength and conditioning facility that develops individuals, athletes, and teams to reach elite levels of fitness through constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity. Their methods produce undisputed, tangible results for all levels of fitness; from children to elite athletes, and everyone in between. There isn’t a strength and conditioning program anywhere that works with a greater diversity of tools, modalities, and drills.

Christian Care transforms the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and the mentally ill. Their two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men—provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, and a wide range of programs for those in need. Christian Care’s services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. Help Christian Care help others; donate now. Call Lindsey at 309-786-5734 for more information, or visit Christian Care’s website at


Please join us for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s 2014 Iowa Day at the Capitol. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cassandra Furlong   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:23

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

8:00am -3:00pm

Holiday Inn Mercy Campus 1050 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314

With Special Guest:

Dave Woodmansee

ACS CAN’s Associate Director of the Affordable Care Act Implementation and Access to Care Issues

You will:

  • Advocate for  important legislation to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa
  • Learn about ACS CAN’s legislative priorities
  • Meet your elected officials and other advocacy volunteers from across Iowa


For more information please contact Cassandra Furlong at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 515-727-0057.  Breakfast, lunch and transportation to the capitol will be provided.

If you are a volunteer and you live more than 90 miles from Des Moines we have a limited number of hotel rooms reserved for the night before.  We do ask that you share a room with another volunteer.

Register online today!

Puppets & Pies: A fundraising event for GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:17

Join us for an evening performance of Finding Home, an intriguing tale in three parts about immigration by the renowned troupe Eulenspiegel Puppets on Friday, February 7th.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Limited seating is available.
Doors open at 6:00 and show begins at 7:00 with a Pie Auction to follow! All proceeds benefit GAHC.
Finding Home

Finding Home is a trilogy of pieces, poignant, joyful, and humorous, about puppeteer Monica Leo's parents and their immigration experiences. The first piece, My Father's Imaginary Friend, uses candlelight and shadows to interpret the story of her father's hope and survival during his incarceration in a concentration camp.

The second piece, German Eggheads in Rural Texas, traces the family's life in a Lutheran parsonage in rural Texas. Monica uses her mother's illustrations to create puppets and scenery that tell droll stories of language and cultural mix-ups and misunderstandings.

The third piece, Mutti's Muscles, uses dolls and other objects to follow her mother's rebirth as a metal sculptor and political activist in the United States after her father's death.

Refreshments and slices of homemade pie will be served! Get your tickets today by calling 563-322-8844 or stopping in to see us at 712 W 2nd Street, Davenport!

Additional Security for Christian Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Friday, 17 January 2014 16:17

Christian Care Receives Grant

Scott County Regional Authority Supports Domestic Violence Shelter and Rescue Mission

Rock Island, IL – The Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA) will help Christian Care, Rock Island, Ill., increase security at its Domestic Violence Shelter and Rescue Mission by awarding Christian Care with a $7,000 grant to purchase additional cameras.

Additional security cameras at both facilities will help with safety, security, deterrence and follow-up investigations. Having more cameras trained on strategic areas will protect everyone who comes into Christian Care’s facilities—especially residents who need a safe and secure environment as they work through the process of transforming their lives.

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and the mentally ill. Its two facilities—a rescue mission for homeless men and a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children—provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, referral and guidance to those in need. Christian Care’s services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing bodies, minds, hearts, and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. For more information, contact Christian Care at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at


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