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Working For Better Nutrition Among Young Children in Myanmar

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

Timor-Leste Team Hosts U.S. HIV Education-Prevention Project Donors

CWS Timor Leste | January 16, 2017

CWS Program Manager Odete Peloy and her team welcomed two staff from the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in early January, 2017, so they could meet, first hand, with the team working to reduce HIV infection and to address related health and behavior issues, within the national army. Commander Mark Johnson, MD, […]

A Government Ag Extension Worker Expands His Own Knowledge to Help Others

CWS Indonesia | January 15, 2017

Benjamin Rao is an Ag Extension Instructor in Noebeba sub-district in West Timor – an area that is highly food insecure, partly because of limited access to water. Mr. Rao has been living on Oebaki village with his wife and children for just over a decade and, in recent years, he has been involved in […]

One Family’s Improved Well and Hand Pump Benefit Many Neighbors, Too

CWS Myanmar | January 14, 2017

U Wai Lwin and Daw Myint Myint Khaing live in Inn Ma Su village in Maubin Township of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region. The village is a small one with only 41 homes and 184 people, including 33 children. Only 10 families own agricultural land; the rest are daily laborers who work the fields in summer and […]

Learning the Health Benefits of Locally Available Foods Helps One Mother Feed Her Children Better

CWS Vietnam | January 13, 2017

Chu A Xa is a 30-year-old mother of two small children who, like many La Hu women in the far northwest region of Vietnam, feeds her family everyday with rice, maize and some pork. This diet is followed despite the fact that the fully grown pumpkins, which are plentiful, are highly nutritious and could be […]

Choam Srae Villagers Leverage CWS Support to Improve Water Access and Quality

CWS Cambodia | January 12, 2017

Because of a long-damaged retaining wall at their local dam, water is often in short supply in Choam Srae village in northern Cambodia. And, even though the village has six ring wells and four hand pumps, each dry season, nearly 1,000 people in more than 200 families face water shortages. And, from February to June […]

National Army Reaches a Key Milestone In Addressing Health Risks for Soldiers

CWS Timor-Leste | January 11, 2017

In an important milestone event for Timor-Leste’s nation army (F-FDTL) its own doctors facilitated an HIV-STI education-information workshop along with HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) for about 100 people at its Metinaro training base near Dili. A key participant in the day’s activities was the base commander Lieutenant Colonel Benedito Dias Quintas, who was fully […]

An Advocate for Better Waste and Trash Management Is Rewarded for His Efforts

Ty Nguyen, CWS Vietnam | January 10, 2017

Meeting Mr. Yen after quite some time, I was happy to hear his happy voice saying, “You see. Our stream is now clean! There is no more garbage in it and the water is crystal clear. The air and breezes seem fresh again”. Mr. Yen heads Bai U village in northern Vietnam, and he always […]

A ‘Near Miss’ Of Landslide Damage Reinforces the Need for Community-based Disaster Awareness Activities

CWS Indonesia | January 9, 2017

A recent narrow escape from disaster by students and teachers in the primary school in Lembang Rano, Tana Toraja, is a timely reminder of the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects. In October 2016 Lembang Rano village was hit by a landslide that cut off road access, disrupted the water supply, destroyed seven houses […]

Continuing Education and Training Helps CWS Myanmar Staff Improve Their Knowledge and Skills

CWS Myanmar | January 6, 2017

In December CWS program team members joined three workshops in support of their professional development for our work in Myanmar. One workshop was led by Christian Aid colleagues and joined by staff from 10 other NGOs to help us reinforce our awareness of key aspects, including collaboration and coordination, in emergency response, which starts with […]

CWS Names Sophal Mao as Country Representative for Cambodia

CWS | January 5, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand Church World Service Asia Regional Coordinator, Leslie Wilson, is pleased to announce that Sophal Mao is the organization’s new Country Representative for Cambodia effective January 1, 2017. Having worked with CWS since 2001, Sophal began as a Credit Advisor and progressed to the most senior program leadership role, where she oversaw all CWS […]

Working For Better Nutrition Among Young Children in Myanmar

CWS | January 3, 2017

Recalling CWS History in Asia: From Disaster to Prosperity Through Solidarity and Generosity

CWS Japan | December 29, 2016

Peer-to-Peer Sharing Helps Women Learn More About Good Nutrition

CWS Cambodia | December 28, 2016

Ms. Pha Phearun, who is 45, is the village chief of Kouk Sralau, Preah Vihear Province in northern Cambodia. She lives with her husband, who is a rice farmer, and their three children who are between 13 and 26 years old. The oldest child, a son, is disabled; the older daughter is married and helps […]

Regional Innovation Forum-Asia (RIF-Asia) was held recently in Bangkok, Thailand with CWS Japan’s lead role

CWS Japan | December 10, 2016

Organized by the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, UNOCHA, and UNDP, the inaugural Regional Innovation Forum-Asia (RIF-Asia) was held recently in Bangkok, Thailand. CWS Japan took a lead role in Forum planning because of its significant experience and expertise in the sector and also because of its role […]

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