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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.

CCT Child Safeguarding team and Leslie Wilson, CWS Asia Regional Coordinator (second from right). Photo: CWS

Latest News

Seeking Innovation and New Partnerships for Communities to Address Disaster Risk Reduction Challenges in Northern Vietnam

CWS Vietnam | June 13, 2017

In a new innovation for CWS in Asia, Vietnam’s team recently hosted our CWS Japan Country Rep and experts from the Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd. for a field survey that is part of a needs assessment for a disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiative, which all parties are eager to engage in. The mid-May field […]

Momentum Grows for The Church of Christ in Thailand’s Child Safeguarding Initiative

CWS Thailand |

Now that The Church of Christ in Thailand has finalized its Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, CWS is supporting a follow-on initiative for three child safeguarding specialists to reach out to communities within the Church – schools, hospitals and congregations – to review and understand the details of the Code of Conduct. Altogether, the Church […]

CWS Advances Initiatives That Support Global Platform Disaster Risk Reduction Goals in Asia

CWS Japan |

One significant take away from the recent Global Platform for DRR (GPDRR) in Cancun, Mexico is that implementation of Sendai Framework for DRR should be in its full swing by now; and, to advance further, different sectors must talk more about a common vision. In order to decrease disaster losses, there is quite a lot […]

“We all need this kind of information so we can stay healthy”: Youth Expand CWS HIV Awareness Reach in Timor Leste

CWS Timor Leste |

Aderito Ruben is a third-year student with the Faculty of Economics at the Dili Institute of Business (IOB) in Timor Leste’s capital city. Recently, at the invitation of their national army (F-FDTL), he joined 19 other IOB students for a 3-day Master Trainer workshop where 23 CWS-supported F-FDTL peer educators were practicing their recently honed […]

One Community Leader Steps Up to Accelerate Progress in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Readiness

CWS Indonesia |

Kayuosing village lies at the foot of Mount Sado’ko’ in Tana Toraja District on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island in the country’s southeast. The district is very mountainous and has frequent landslides. As one community leader put it, “Not a day goes by here without a landslide somewhere.” In 2007 a landslide hit Kayuosing’s elementary school; luckily […]

I never expected this opportunity in my life … to have skills and … choices

CWS Cambodia |

Choeun Seam and his wife Ra Aei are both thirty something, and their sons are 3- and 8-years old. Now the family lives in Rung village in central Cambodia but, before, when Choeun worked as a daily wage laborer they moved around to different communities to find work to earn a subsistence living. In addition […]

CWS Support for TB Patients Pays Off

CWS Myanmar |

Cherry Oo is 22 and lives in Pathein Township in the Ayeyarwaddy River delta region of Southwest Myanmar with her family. Her father and mother are both daily wage laborers, and she has one younger sister, Cherry was also a wage worker earning about $2 a day before she was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2016. […]

A Farmer Group Plans For Expansion Using Collective Savings

CWS Indonesia | June 12, 2017

Daniel Liunokas heads the year-old, 14-member Fetomone farmers group in Enonabuasa village in West Timor, Indonesia. The group formed itself as part of the Timor Zero Hunger initiative, which CWS supports to help subsistence farm families on remote southwest Timor island have more, and more nutritious, food and better lives in general. “With support from […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia: Better Lives Indeed for Touch and His Family

CWS Cambodia |

Touch Oeun, 41, lives with his wife Kun Pich, 37, and their 9-year-old son in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. Also staying with the family are the 3- and 7-year-old daughters of Touch’s niece because she has migrated to the Thai border for work. The two older children go to the local school. The […]

Key Members of Vietnam’s WASH Working Group Welcome A Canadian WASH Training Expert to Expand Their Knowledge and Skills

CWS Vietnam | June 11, 2017

In May CWS joined with Plan International and other members of Vietnam’s NGO WASH working group for a 5-day training course on “Delivering Effective WASH Training”. Lena Bunzenmeyer, an experienced technical adviser and trainer from the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology , led the workshop, which focused on increasing practical knowledge and improving […]

Somali Sisters Safe and Secure in Jakarta To Observe Ramadan with Their Countrywomen

CWS Indonesia | June 10, 2017

When the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, began in May this year, 19-year-old Somali native, Zaenab, who lives in a CWS-managed group home for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Jakarta, was among those who joined the fast. Like thousands of others in the Somali Diaspora in Yemen, Zaenab and her younger sister fled the violence and […]

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