CWS School Safe Zones

Photo: Joel Cooper

When schools don’t have clean water or safe structures, or when hunger drowns out a teacher’s lesson, learning is harder than it should be. You and your congregation can help to create safe, welcoming learning spaces for kids in East Africa. When you provide children with a safe place for them to learn, they stay in school longer, giving them a great start on life. You can donate here or you can get your congregation involved. It’s easy! Just follow the steps below.

Set a goal.

Every gift matters. How much would your congregation be able to accomplish towards providing lasting change for these communities? Challenge yourselves. Here are some price points you can aim for:

  • Financial Literacy - $45

    Financial literacy training for 1 individual

  • Bunk Beds - $100

    One bunk bed for a dormitory

  • Teacher Training - $350

    Teacher Training for 4 participants from a school

  • Improved Sanitation - $600

    Construction of one latrine for improved sanitation

  • Clean Water - $1,500

    Construction of one rain catchment system for clean water

  • Peer Exchange Program - $2,500

    Peer exchange program for school leaders

  • Infrastructure Improvements - $10,000

    Infrastructure improvements for one school

Have fun as you raise funds.

Fundraising can be simple and fun! You can host a talent show, set up a bake sale or send the youth groups out to wash cars. People love “hands on” activities, so don’t be shy – ask others to help you and turn an ordinary event into one that changes lives.

Check out the free support materials.

  • Minute for Mission School Safe Zones

    Educate and inspire your congregation to be ambitious, brave and outrageous – and an answer to the prayers of schoolchildren in Kenya.

    Download Minute for Mission

  • Bulletin Insert for School Safe Zones

    Help your congregation envision changing the lives of communities, empowering students, their families and their whole community.

    Download Bulletin Inserts

  • Isaiah 58:6-11 reminds us that God calls us to help those affected by injustice. When we help, we rejoice with our brothers and sisters whose lives are forever changed.

    Download Sermon Starter

  • Schools are a centering point: part learning space, part community center. Learn how you can help transform communities.

    Download Program Sheet

  • Here you’ll find some social memes, perfect for sharing on social media. Click here to see all CWS School Safe Zones social memes.

    School Safe Zones Social Memes

  • School Safe Zones Poster: This image shows the impact of a School Safe Zone in Uganda, and presents a strong visual challenge as you lead up to your event.

    Download SSZ Poster

  • This document goes through all of the steps needed to fund one of CWS’ programs.

    Download Fund a Program

  • This video shows CWS’ School Safe Zones impact on Biamiti Primary School. This is the full version of this video.

    Download Full Video

  • This video shows CWS’ School Safe Zones impact on Biamiti Primary School. This is the short version of this video.

    Download Short Video

  • Inspire your congregation with this PowerPoint about the Safe School Zones in Kenya.


You can also order printed copies of the School Safe Zones bulletin insert and poster. Submit your online order here.

Turn in the Funds.

Within two weeks after your event, send a check with the money you’ve raised to:
Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

Be sure to indicate which program you’re supporting on your check: School Safe Zones or Gran Chaco.

You can also make your donation online at