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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.

CWS-village WASH team on the new bridge supported by our Week of Compassion friends at Maubin, Myanmar. Photo: Leslie Wilson

Latest News

CWS Team and Partners Join Indonesia’s National Day for Disaster Preparedness

CWS Indonesia | May 18, 2017

Recently, SOLIDARITAS project teams in Tana Toraja and West Timor joined three events for the National Day for Disaster Preparedness organized nationwide by Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). All three events, though quite different from each other, highlighted progress through the project, which is funded by the Australian government through ACT Alliance member, Act […]

Presbyterian Church USA Colleagues Visit Vietnam … Confirm Support

CWS Vietnam | May 17, 2017

In early April, the CWS Vietnam hosted Dr. Barry Dawson and Mrs. Shelly Dawson, the Presbyterian Church (USA) Regional Liaisons for Southeast Asia, in Lang Chanh district about 120 miles south of Hanoi. There, the Dawsons, who live in Bangkok, met a number of people and saw “before and after” projects in several villages. At […]

“Community WASH Promotion” Workshop Promoted by CWS in Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | May 16, 2017

To support CROP’s Integrated Community Development initiative, several members of our CWS team in Myanmar were fortunate to join 15 civil society colleagues in adding to their understanding of effective Community WASH Promotion during a 4-day workshop that CWS co-hosted with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). This was the third in […]

Progressing from Surviving to Thriving with CWS Support

CWS Cambodia | May 15, 2017

Mr. Khan Sokhem is 42 years old and lives with his wife, Khun Chnnim, who is 37, and their four daughters, in Choam Ksant village, northern Cambodia. Three of the girls, who are 15, 13 and 7 attend school, while their 2-year-old sister is at home. Before becoming involved with CWS, Sokhem and his family […]

Support for Core Humanitarian Standard Revision to Update the Sphere Handbook

CWS Japan | May 14, 2017

With the Sphere Handbook going through a major revision now, a new version is on track to be launched in early 2018! Major changes will include the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) replacing the former Core Standard section, and much clearer guidance and coherence throughout the technical chapters, and stronger emphasis of cross-cutting themes. Consultation among […]

Another West Timor Family Moves To a Healthier Diet and Toward a Better Life

CWS Indonesia | May 13, 2017

Orance Nenoliu lives with her husband Yakobus Tualaka and their two children in Saenam village, West Timor. With support from CWS, 33-year-old Orance is learning about home gardening and raising chickens so she and her family have more food and a more diverse diet for better health. Along with others in her village, Orance has […]

CWS Vietnam Team Members ‘Meet’ EMMA!

CWS Vietnam | May 11, 2017

Vietnam’s two Program Officers and Finance/Administration Manager have joined a five-day course about an Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) toolkit, which includes 10 steps, including market mapping, gap/ market/response analysis  selection, work preparation, field work, etc. EMMA is new to the Vietnam team, which is pleased that this training gives them insight to […]

One Boy’s ‘Internal Advocacy’ For His Family’s Wellbeing

CWS Cambodia | May 10, 2017

Chhaem Chhoeng, 11, lives with his parents, who are farmers, and his older brother Chhaem Poh, who is 14) in a small village in central Cambodia. Chhoeng attends primary school with around 200 other children and he recently joined his school’s WASH awareness raising activities where he was happy to lean about different water safety, […]

An Engaged and Enthused Volunteer Helps His Community Prepare to Face Natural Disaster

CWS Myanmar | May 9, 2017

Forty-year-old Saw Edimoo is from a village in southwest Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Region, where he is a volunteer for CROP’s Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction project, which is led by the local YMCA branch. Among all five project communities and 20 volunteers, Saw Edimoo is very active and most interested in helping with his village’s development. […]

Reaching a Remote and At-Risk Community with HIV-AIDS Information

CWS Timor-Leste | May 8, 2017

Recently the CWS Timor Leste team traveled with a national army (F-FDTL) colleague to remote and isolated Oecusse to share HIV information with F-FDTL personnel stationed there. Though part of Timor Leste, Oecusse is surrounded by Indonesia and can only be reached by boat from Dili (or by air or overland through Indonesia). This isolation […]

It Was a Long and Difficult Journey … I Feel Much Safer Now

CWS Indonesia | May 7, 2017

Aziz* is from Afgooye in Somalia, and his story echoes that of many other boys who flee their country to get away from a militia trying to make them join their ranks. Also, like many others, after a long journey through Malaysia, he arrived alone in Indonesia and found his way to the United Nations […]

    CWS staff were among those in Jakarta for the opening of a new group home for unaccompanied and separated refugees. Among those pictured are Leslie Wilson (middle), Andi Juanda (far right) and Dino Satria (third from left). Photo: CWS

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