CWS Gran Chaco Program
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/CWS
In the Gran Chaco region of South America the word “neighbor” doesn’t always bring positive feelings. But you and your congregation can help to redefine that. You can be a neighbor who shows kindness and support for others. Donate here or get your congregation involved in providing training to regain land rights, provide access to clean water and create stable food sources for families. 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:
Seeds and Tools - $500
Supply resources to start a garden that all can share.
Training - $1,500
Offer legal training and mapping technology for communities who have lost their ancestral land in order for them to claim land rights.
Water Access and Gardens - $2,000
Give all the assets needed for a sustainable garden, including access to water for irrigation, seeds, tools and training.
Economic Sustainability - $5,000
Provide a community with sustainable resources for livelihood, allowing them to feed their families, sell their produce and exercise stewardship of the land.
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 groupd 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.
11×17 Informational Poster: Very few people understand the challenges faced in the Gran Chaco; even fewer have ever heard of the region. Use this poster to help your group learn more!
Bulletin Insert: This meaningful connect-the-dots activity is for all ages–for use during or outside of a church service! Use it to engage individuals as they connect to the Gran Chaco region, its needs, and tangible change.
Neighbor Poster: This image shows clear impacts of a land-grab in the Gran Chaco, and presents a strong visual challenge as you lead up to your event.
Minute for Mission: Have a couple of minutes during your event to share a story of impact? This quick update is a great resource.
Sermon Starter: As you redefine what it means to be a neighbor to the Gran Chaco, scripture has some poignant tie-in. Use this piece as an opening for that conversation.
Goals Thermometer Poster: Help your congregation keep track of the funds you raise.
T-shirts/promotional items: Partner with a local shirt vendor to sell shirts using the front/back design, and send proceeds to support the Gran Chaco! The quote comes from Jose Orquera, an indigenous mapper from Argentina who helps communities start the land-right process.
Meaningful memes: Is your group active on social media? Use these images and memes to help promote your event and convey results.
- This downloadable guide walks through the steps needed to Fund a CWS Program.
- This video highlights individuals from the South American Gran Chaco region, and asks how we can be better neighbors.
- Water in the Chaco (full length, no subtitles)
- Water in the Chaco (full length with subtitles)
- Water in the Chaco (short CWS version))
- Bulletin Insert-Spanish: This is a Spanish language version of our Connect-the-Dots Bulletin Insert.
- Vecino Poster This is a Spanish version of our “I am your neighbor” poster.
- Chaco PowerPoint: This powerpoint will help you get your church excited about the CWS Gran Chaco Progam.
You can also order printed copies of the Gran Chaco bulletin insert, poster and infographic 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 cwsglobal.org/give-chaco.