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Church World Service (CWS) is a faith-based organization working to help communities around the world transform through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

In Asia, Church World Service (CWS) works with families, communities, governments, ecumenical and technical partners and other non-government organizations to help some of the region’s most vulnerable people. Most often we partner in support of long-term socioeconomic development and, when needed, we help people cope with the effects and aftermath of increasingly frequent natural and manmade crises across the region.

CWS works in partnership with communities and families in six Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam – to help them improve their lives. We do this by enhancing access to information, education and hands-on training for development and disaster preparedness. National teams and local partners follow up with individuals and communities with coaching and monitoring to help ensure quality, accountability and sustainability. In Japan, CWS supports the work of CWS Japan: its advocacy and humanitarian initiatives in Japan as well as its development outreach and emergency response in other countries.

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“I hope to build my good future”

CWS Indonesia | April 11, 2017

Feisal* has no memory of his parents and siblings because he was barely one year old when they were killed in their Somali home, and his grandmother fled with him to safety and to raise him on her own. Then, a few years ago, when he was 20, tragedy struck again. “One day, the only […]

Confidence and Others’ Trust Put Tun In the Running

CWS Cambodia | April 10, 2017

Mrs. Loeng Tun, who is 32, lives with her husband Eam Ae, 37, who is a rice farmer and their 6-year-old daughter in Kampong Pon village in central Cambodia. Since 2014 Tun has joined in CWS community development activities, including a saving group, community health promotion activities and mushroom and vegetable growing; and she has […]

Everybody Reads … Wins!

CWS Vietnam | April 9, 2017

Throughout the world, and especially in developed countries, one can often see people reading books in their free time – whenever and wherever: at a bus station, in the park, during lunch in a café. But, it so different when in Vietnam, especially in rural areas, and even in schools! This is not because Vietnamese […]

“These Children Need Very Special Care”

CWS Indonesia | April 8, 2017

The Community Health Center (Puskesmas) in Oekam village, West Timor, in the only clinic for people from 10 villages in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) district, and Vera Kuli has been working there for the past six years. Part of her role is monitoring children’s nutritional status in all 10 villages; and, in this role, she […]

It’s Never Too Late To Learn: Building a Better Future For Our Children

CWS Myanmar | April 7, 2017

Nang Aye Khaing (Ma Nang) is 38 and lives in Auk Htone village in Southwest Myanmar with her husband U Aung Min and three children: a daughter, 17, and two sons, 11 and 5. The family runs a small grocery store and basket weaving business from their home which, alarmingly, has lost six acres of […]

Doing Better, with CWS Support, the Second Time Around

CWS Cambodia | April 6, 2017

Loy Koemsat is 40 years old and lives with his wife, Yong Chem, and two daughters in Kouk Kduoch village in northwest Cambodia. Koemsat earns about $5 a day as a laborer and from selling insects, such crickets and grasshoppers, which he collects in the forest. Wanting to improve his family’s life, and to learn […]

Building Disaster-Resilient Villages, One Volunteer At a Time

CWS Indonesia | April 5, 2017

“Before I joined a gathering in my village, I didn’t know anything about disaster risk reduction,” said Deki Baker from Noemuke village in West Timor. “I only knew that my village floods every year, and that floods affect our community badly”. Today, Deki is a disaster resilient village (DESTANA) facilitator in the CWS-supported SOLIDARITAS project […]

We Monitor and Evaluate … To Improve Our Efforts

CWS Timor Leste | April 3, 2017

Expecting 20 people at most to join a Monitoring & Evaluation training workshop recently, CWS staff in Timor Leste were pleased to welcome 25 and to hear Corporal Salvador do Santos, who is a medic in the national army (F-FDTL), talk about why he and others joined the workshop. “In fact, I have never had […]

Let Me Tell You Something

Nguyen Lan Anh - CWS Vietnam | April 2, 2017

Ha is a fourth grader in Quan Chu primary, and I noticed her during a break between classes as she finished washing her hands at the new basin near the school toilets. She noticed me, a visitor, too, and happily shared this story with me: “Our crowded school, you know, used to have one toilet […]

CWS Signed a Memorandum of Understanding With Myanmar’s Government

CWS Myanmar | March 29, 2017

Since responding to Cyclone Nargis in 2008, CWS has partnered with local government and national organizations in Myanmar for our emergency preparedness, water, sanitation and hygiene programs in rural communities. Now, we are pleased to celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, which formalizes our […]

Peer Teaching-Learning for HIV Education, Testing and Counseling Expands

CWS Timor Leste | March 15, 2017

Dr. Fransisco da Costa is one of two doctors assigned to the Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL) small naval unit in Hera, which is a town about 30 minutes outside Timor-Leste’s capital city, Dili. Both doctors recently joined CWS-supported workshops about HIV counseling and testing (HCT) as well as diagnosing and treating other sexually transmitted infections (STI). […]

CWS Teamwork to Help Strengthen the NGO Sector in Japan

CWS Japan | March 11, 2017

CWS Japan, along with Japan Platform and Save the Children Japan, participated in a visit to Washington DC organized by Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). The objective of the visit was to learn how different stakeholders contributed to the growth of NGO sector in the US. The visit allowed us to learn that all […]

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