CWS in Asia

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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.

Latest News

Improving Water Resources in the Ayeyarwady Delta Southwest Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | November 25, 2016

Partnership for Problem Solving Over the past few months, with Support from the Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion (WOC) and our CWS Myanmar team, communities in the Ayeyarwady Region in southwest Myanmar joined together to repair and improve 30 hand-pump wells so more than 500 people now have access to clean, safe water year-round. […]

We each build our legacies every day

CWS | November 24, 2016

We are facing a global displacement crisis and 795 million people face hunger. How will we respond? Join the CWS family as we work to ensure that everyone has a chance to thrive: cwsglobal.org/legacy

Promoting Sanitary Latrines As a Key to Better Family Health and Wellbeing in Rural Cambodia

CWS Cambodia | November 15, 2016

Horn Sophea is 37 and he lives with his wife, Bet Thi, and their two children in Char village of Kampong Thom province in central Cambodia. Sophea was selected by his neighbors to be a Village Development Committee member in 2013. Three years on, he is happy to say, “In July this year, I became […]

Wise Planning Extends CWS Partnership For the Tefu Family in West Timor

CWS Indonesia | November 14, 2016

Simri Tefu and his wife Yetri are in their early twenties, and their son, Bento, is three. They live in Enonabuasa village on the western side of Timor island. Most families in this remote and impoverished village, which is at the farthest end of the Indonesian archipelago, are subsistence farmers. Many young children here suffer […]

One Timor-Leste Soldier’s Call To Help Stop HIV Infection

CWS Timor Leste | November 13, 2016

Sergeant Luis da Costa is the commander of a 15-person Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL) post in Becora, a neighborhood in Dili. Since it is such a small post, not all personnel have had a chance in the context of CWS partnership with the army, to join in HIV and STI awareness-raising activities – and, importantly, to […]

Facing the Risk of Recurring TB in Myanmar with Health Foods and Vitamins

CWS Myanmar | November 12, 2016

Daw Hla Aye is 66 years old and lives with her 70 year-old husband in southwest Myanmar. Their seven adult children support them financially – but with just barely enough for their basic living expenses. When CWS staff met Daw Hla Aye during flood relief activities last year, they learned that she was having a […]

CWS Japan Is Joining Key Stakeholders to Address the Issue of Tsunami Impact

CWS Japan | November 11, 2016

To mark World Tsunami Awareness Day [www.unisdr.org/2016/tsunamiday/] which was adopted by UN General Assembly with recommendation from Japan, an International Symposium, “Towards resilient recovery through multi-stakeholder participation,” was held recently at World Bank’s Tokyo office. CWS Japan was instrumental in organizing the event Among other topics, the symposium considered the case the East Japan Earthquake […]

Expanding WASH Initiatives and Innovation in Vietnam

CWS Vietnam | November 10, 2016

In response increased demand from Vietnam’s NGO/Government WASH working group, CWS and several other NGOs joined the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology [www.cawst.org/] to organize a three-day training course about bio-sand water filtration. CWS was particularly happy to join this group as WASH comprises an important part of our work in the country. […]

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