CWS Asia

Disaster Risk Reduction


Town watch to make a DRR map in Myanmar. Photo: CWS


Participants of a workshop in CWS-led SOLIDARITAS project, which is supporting two South Sulawesi villages to become disaster resilient and to serve as models for other nearby villages.

 1 and 2 CWS and Myanmar Red Cross Society teach TOT participants hygiene by using CAWST material. 3 SEEDS Asia trainer teaches the mechanism of Cyclone and what to do when it happens. 4 SEEDS Asia trainer teaches strong building structure to them.

CWS and Myanmar Red Cross Society teach TOT participants how to build stronger structures. Photo: CWS

People in Asia are at continuous risk from multiple hazards, especially floods: routine, seasonal floods and occasional catastrophic ones. At the other end of the natural disaster spectrum are drought, forest fires and earthquakes.  Despite such vulnerability to these hazards, most people do not know how to anticipate and be prepared to respond to them. Increasing communities’ awareness and knowledge to mitigate and also prepare to respond to common hazards is critical to helping them protect and save lives and material assets.

Countries: Myanmar and Indonesia and Japan

Latest News

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 […]

Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Work Continues in the Ayerwaddy Delta Region

CWS Myanmar | March 16, 2017

After a successful pilot project with AmeriCares, CWS is continuing its partnership with Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Pathein in Southwest Myanmar to expand a joint Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project in five communities. In the newest phase of the project, 20 volunteers were selected by their communities to join a 7-day Training […]

Village Disaster Response Team Helps Save a Child’s Life

CWS Indonesia | March 10, 2017

Saenam village in West Timor, Indonesia, is prone to a number of disasters, from drought to flash flooding. For remote villages like Saenam, though, there are limited services available when an emergency hits, at least early on. It is largely up to the community to mitigate disasters and to get through the initial response. With […]

Major Disaster Risk Reduction Partnership for Afghanistan Launched

CWS Japan | February 16, 2017

With funding from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), and in partnership with an experienced company recognized for its disaster risk reduction (DRR) work, CWS Japan initiated a DRR project in Afghanistan with the dual aim to transfer technical capacity for hazard mapping and also to strengthen policy work in support of community-based DRR efforts. […]

Working with communities in Myanmar to weather the storm

CWS | January 21, 2017

Flooding. High winds and cyclones. Fire. Drought. Communities in rural Myanmar, or Burma, need to be prepared to face many emergency situations, both small and large. And, in remote villages, disaster response is almost always up to communities themselves. Emergency aid, including fire brigades and medical services, are essentially nonexistent. Hospitals and clinics are in […]

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 […]

Nay Lin Oo Helps His Community Learn to Reduce and Mitigate Disasters

CWS Myanmar | December 13, 2016

Nay Lin Oo is a young man who works four days a week at a charcoal factory, and who was happy to spend some of his free time volunteering in a CWS-supported disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiative in the flood-prone area where they live in southwest Myanmar. Recently Nay Lin Oo joined a 7-day DRR […]

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 […]

Japan Hosts an Afghan DRR Stakeholders Study Tour

CWS Japan | December 5, 2016

In late November, CWS Japan and The Japan Platform (JPF) hosted Afghan DRR stakeholders for a study tour in Japan. The visit aimed to strengthen the relationship between DRR actors in the two countries so they can follow up on both policy and practical DRR measures for Afghanistan through the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority […]

Facilitators Start to Support Destana (disaster resilient village) Program with a HVCA Workshop

CWS Indonesia | December 3, 2016

Mr. Om Nuban is a member of the disaster-risk reduction (DRR) Forum in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) district in West Timor. The 41-year-old has 15-plus years work experience with Indonesian NGOs, is among the initiators of the DRR forum in TTS, and has been an active participant and supporter of the SOLIDARITAS project. Most recently […]

What’s up with WhatsApp in Rural Indonesia?

CWS Indonesia | November 15, 2016

During a recent “InaSAFE workshop in South Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia, 23 staff from government and non-government organizations learned how to use this innovative disaster risk mapping application developed by the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), with support from the Australian government (DFAT). The application creates realistic disaster impact scenarios, helping government and NGO […]

CWS-led SOLIDARITAS project is supporting villages to become disaster resilient

CWS Indonesia | October 11, 2016

Several years ago the Government of Indonesia introduced its Disaster Resilient Village program, Desa Tangguh Bencana – or, simply, Destana.  Now, with Australian government funding, the CWS-led SOLIDARITAS project is supporting two South Sulawesi villages to become disaster resilient and to serve as models for other nearby villages. As a first step in SOLIDARITAS, three […]

Celebrate Safe Schools and Safe Communities project partnership

CWS Indonesia | September 9, 2016

To celebrate our Safe Schools and Safe Communities project partnership with Act for Peace and local government duty bearers, CWS team members recently joined students, parents and teachers for an exhibition showcasing activities at the 15 primary schools that are part of the initiative in the Tana Toraja district of South Sulawesi in central Indonesia. […]

CWS’s community-based approach in disaster risk reduction and health education sessions

CWS Myanmar | August 24, 2016

Daw Naw Say Poe lives in a village in Maubin Township in southwest Myanmar. She recently told our staff about how she appreciates CWS’s community-based approach. She attended disaster risk reduction and health education sessions, and now she is able to help her neighbors when they need it. Daw Naw Say Poe also noted, “Our […]

CWS support hazard-vulnerability mapping

CWS Indonesia | April 29, 2016

Putri Misa Layuk is a 12 year-old student in Tana Toraja, where she lives in a simple wooden house with her parents and three siblings. In April, along with her classmates and teachers, Putri joined a CWS-supported hazard-vulnerability mapping and capacity assessment at her school to identify risks to their safety – like landslides, which […]

CWS introduce the basics of public health issues

CWS Myanmar | April 22, 2016

Because of the CWS-AmeriCares partnership to introduce the basics of public health issues into our disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiative in Myanmar, a young girl, Kayin, from Pathein Township in the Ayerwaddy delta is on the road to recovery from a number of side effects of tuberculosis. In the community-based DRR+ project, CWS has a […]

A Safe School and Disaster Risk Management facilitation workshop

CWS Indonesia | March 27, 2016

Fourteen teachers and staff from the district education and disaster management offices joined a Safe Schools and Disaster Risk Management facilitation workshop led by the CWS Tana Toraja team. One participant, Restiany, is a teacher in the Taleppon Elementary School who followed up with the CWS team to say she was already facilitating a meeting […]

Health education sessions for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) volunteers and outreach workers (OW) in Maubin Township

CWS Myanmar | February 28, 2016

CWS and the local YMCA, in cooperation with Myanmar Red Cross Society, recently led follow-up health education sessions for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) volunteers and outreach workers (OW) in Maubin Township in southwest Myanmar. In all, 11 volunteers and OW from 5 villages joined the sessions. One participant was Saw El Ah, the Kha Naung […]

First Aid training in Ngapudaw Township

CWS Myanmar | January 21, 2016

As the Myanmar team resumes community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) activities following many months of flood response, they are working with local YMCA and Red Cross Society partners to lead First Aid training in Ngapudaw Township in the southwest Ayerwaddy River delta. 37 DRR sub-committee members from five villages joined a workshop for First Aid […]

DRR Field Practicum with Korean NGOs in Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | January 29, 2014

CWS-Asia/Pacific in cooperation with the Korean Council for Overseas Cooperation (KCOC) organized a 7 days Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) field practicum workshop to expose Korean NGO workers to the DRR environment in Myanmar. Ten members from different Korean based NGOs participated to the workshop (see list below), together with Sithu Wai, CWS-Myanmar Project Coordinator and […]

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