Announcing four new CHS Alliance members

2 December 2020

Joining the CHS Alliance this month are four organisations committed to making aid work better from South Sudan, Canada, Kenya and Italy. Find out a little more about our newest members…

First up is ACROSS, an interdenominational Christian organisation based in South Sudan working to transform lives and communities through partnership with the global church, other organisations, and the communities they serve. Working with communities in a dialogue of equals, ACROSS seeks to understand and engage root causes of problems from the perspective of those affected and engage communities in holistic and inclusive interventions geared toward authentic change.

Here’s why they decided to become part of CHS Alliance: ACROSS is committed to the principles of the Core Humanitarian Standard and welcomes the level of accountability and transparency required of CHS Alliance members. Through this declaration, we strive toward holistic and innovative programmes that demonstrate this commitment and honours each person as the unique individual they are.” Teresa Janzen, Senior Advisor for Partner Relations and Strategic Development.

ACROSS Peace Officers demonstrating how to operate a solar-powered digital audio player to a cattle camp listening group. ©ACROSS

Also joining us this month are Tearfund Canada, Christians passionate about ending poverty. “We work through proven, high-capacity local partners across the Global South to unlock people’s potential and help them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops.

And their reasons for joining? “We joined the CHS Alliance as it seems the foremost alliance learning and working together to ensure that the rights and concerns of peoples served by our industry are upheld in a quality way.” Wayne Johnson, CEO.

© Tearfund Canada

We are also delighted to announce Wajir South Development Association (WASDA) as one of our new members. Based in Kenya, WASDA’s mission is to mobilise and engage communities and other stakeholders in creating strategic partnerships for sustainable management of the environment, water resources, livelihoods, education and public health services in the Horn of Africa.

Our final new member is Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). JRS seeks to accompany, serve and advocate the cause of forcibly displaced people that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. JRS provides education and livelihoods, reconciliation, psychosocial care, and advocacy programmes to over 800,000 refugees and forcibly displaced including the host community in 56 countries across the world.

“JRS joined the CHS Alliance in order to be a part of a humanitarian community of best practice thereby increasing accountable to those we serve. JRS realizes the necessity to share, learn and work together in order to face the challenges of global inequalities, conflict, and climate change.” Shane Burke, P&I Specialist.

A student attending classes at the JRS Arrupe Learning Center. (Photo: Fredrik Lerneryd).

Learn more about joining the Alliance.