Christian World Service (CWS)

Christian World Service is the development, justice and aid agency founded in New Zealand by the National Council of Churches. It is founded on the belief that the provision and enjoyment of the basic necessities for living a decent, just and humane Life is the will of God for all humankind.

CWS’s primary purposes are:

  1. to support groups around the world who are working to overcome poverty and injustice in their own communities;
  2. to respond effectively and efficiently to emergency situations around the world;
  3. to encourage people in Aotearoa New Zealand to understand the causes of poverty and injustice and participate in action to overcome them;
  4. to encourage theological reflection on the work of Christian World Service and to foster spiritualities which sustain people in their struggle.

CWS’s development work is undertaken in partnership with in-country community development organisations. It does not have staff stationed overseas. CWS partners engage in a wide range of activities designed to enable the poor communities with which they work to improve their economic situation and to gain greater control over their lives and their futures.

In emergencies CWS works primarily through the ACT International network, and with long term partners in the affected area.

Latest from Christian World Service (CWS)

New Zealand: ACT member staff flee earthquake

New Zealand: ACT member staff flee earthquake

Feb 24, 2011

A deadly earthquake in New Zealand sent staff of ACT member Christian World Service scrambling to escape their office

Tonga: “Dirty hands help family survive”

Tonga: “Dirty hands help family survive”

Mar 08, 2010

In the Pacific, home gardens are feeding families.

India: protecting the coast and its people

India: protecting the coast and its people

Mar 08, 2010

The effects of the 2004 tsunami threaten the survival of south Indian people even more than the tsunami itself.

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At a glance

  • Formed in 1945
  • Based in New Zealand
  • Working in 21 countries
  • Budget of $2,650,000
  • 17 members of staff

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