CWS Asia

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

The USD3,000 from Disciples of Christ, one of CWS member denominations, has been funded to CWS Vietnam to support for school water and hygiene related activities in a new commune in Thai Nguyen province where CWS Vietnam currently works in. It is the Kindergarten no. 1 of Thanh Cong commune, where over 500 students and teachers of the school staying whole day and been using unsafe water directly from a drilled well without filtering for their daily cooking, students’ eating and drinking. The project was being implemented during May and June 2015. On 22nd June 2015 CWS has handed over to the school leaders the new water system, which includes a new well with electronic pump, elevated water tanks, and drinking water filters.

In Vietnam, CWS is helping school to build new water system, which includes a new well with electronic pump, elevated water tanks, and drinking water filters. Photo: CWS

Increased water, sanitation and hygiene support not only improves the overall health of a community, but can also create dramatic improvements in areas like education, livelihoods, and food security.

With the task of retrieving water falling mostly to women and children, the often extreme distance and queues for water significantly impacts every aspect of family life. In particularly vulnerable environments the cost of neglecting these necessities can create a larger price in the lives of community members who struggle with ongoing hardships.

In addition to safe water, the provision of sanitation and the transfer of hygiene knowledge is often equally critical when responding to disasters or fostering healthier communities.

Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam


In Cambodia, you’re helping communities construct concrete ring wells so families can access safe water for home use, including bathing! Clean, safe water. Smiling families. A job well done. Photo: CWS

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Let Me Tell You Something

Nguyen Lan Anh - CWS Vietnam | April 2, 2017

Ha is a fourth grader in Quan Chu primary, and I noticed her during a break between classes as she finished washing her hands at the new basin near the school toilets. She noticed me, a visitor, too, and happily shared this story with me: “Our crowded school, you know, used to have one toilet […]

Clean Water Supports Better Health

CWS Cambodia | March 12, 2017

Recently, Promoting Better Lives (PBL) project partner, Rural Development Association (RDA), supported the community by distributing water filters to 269 families from 17 villages. One recipient was Mrs. Haeuy Sreymao who is 26 and lives with her two young children in Ang Chueng village in northwest Cambodia. Her husband Eng Noeun, 37, has is a […]

Teachers Help Protect and Improve Vietnam Village School and Home Environments

CWS Vietnam | February 20, 2017

Thi Hong is a teacher of the Tam Van kindergarten who recently joined an info-sharing workshop about domestic waste management that was organized by CWS staff and partners. Together with her 25 colleagues and her some of her students’ parents, Hong explored the health and environmental risks and threats from unhealthy habits ranging from overuse […]

CWS Support Helps a Community WASH Volunteer Excel

CWS Cambodia | February 18, 2017

Mr. Nub Chantha became a Focal Person in his community, Rung Chrey village, in August 2016 when he joined CWS WASH TRC trainers to learn the basics about WASH promotion and then to work to develop the skills he needs to lead community education activities. From having little knowledge of the subject of water and […]

Building latrines, ending open defecation in Vietnam

CWS | January 23, 2017

Latrines. If you always have access to a toilet, you may not think it’s a big deal. For the 35 percent of the world’s people who don’t have indoor toilets or outdoor latrines, though, it’s a huge deal. This is certainly true in Vietnam, where 20 million people do not have access to sanitary latrines. […]

Elevated hand pumps mean year-round clean water access in Myanmar

CWS | January 20, 2017

In the heart of Inn Ma Su village, there is a huge, sturdy tree in the middle of a large clearing. There’s a sign on the tree that makes very little sense for many months of the year. It asks that you drive boats slowly in the vicinity. During the rainy season, though, the importance […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Effective Info-Sharing & Teaching About WASH

CWS Myanmar | December 16, 2016

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) are with CWS team members in Yangon this week to lead a workshop about “Delivering Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene Training”. Ten women and seven men from eight organizations, including CWS, are joining Lena Bunzenmeyer and Lee Boudreau, who are leading the workshop; and participants are learning […]

After nearly three years, all 13 Quan Chu villages are certified and recognized as Open Defecation Free (ODF)

CWS Vietnam | December 12, 2016

In late November 2016 a host of provincial and local government leaders came together to celebrate with the 13 northern Vietnamese villages of Quan Chu Commune – and with CWS staff – for reaching their goal 100% of households latrine coverage, making it the first commune among all of Thai Nguyen Province’s  180 communes to […]

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. […]

Safe Access To Deep Water Is Changing Myanmar Families’ Lives

CWS Myanmar | November 15, 2016

Ma Thida Aye, who lives in a village in southwest Myanmar, is 38 years old and married with three children. Together with her husband, she farms a small plot of land, where they grow mung beans for sale – and for a meager family livelihood. Needless to say, one Ma Thida Aye’s main daily jobs […]

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

CWS Cambodia |

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 […]

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 [] 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. […]

Family’s health is improving thanks to drinking clean water

CWS Cambodia | October 10, 2016

Chhueng Touch and her daughters used to drink directly from a river near their home in Cambodia, leading to preventable health challenges. They then had to use their limited income to treat the illnesses. The family were among 65 families in their community who received a water filter and water and sanitation classes through a […]

How can you change the lives of nine families in just seven meters?

CWS Cambodia | September 29, 2016

No, it’s not a trick question. Sen Sytha and her neighbors in Ou Kach village, Cambodia, faced water shortages each year when the stream that was their water source dried up. When CWS and a partner provided the materials and training they needed to build a seven-meter deep ring well, the families constructed the well […]

A dedicated woman. A stronger community.

CWS Cambodia | September 8, 2016

Saron Nith is 35 years old, and until recently she could not read or write. She lives in Robonh village in Cambodia, where she is part of a Village Development Committee and is an active health volunteer. She has mobilized the community to improve the condition of the community’s road, and she encourages families to […]

Leading by example in Cambodia: sanitary latrines

CWS Cambodia | September 1, 2016

Hor Thet is the Village Chief of Anlong Vaeng village in central Cambodia. By his estimate, about 90 percent of the families in the community, including his own, defecated in the fields around their homes until recently. Thet participated in a CWS-hosted workshop on Community Health Promotion, where he learned more about sanitation and latrines. After […]

Sanitary Latrines in Ka Lang Commune

CWS Vietnam | August 16, 2016

In remote and mountainous villages in northwest Vietnam, where many ethnic minority groups live, most people do not know about – and so do not practice – behaviors that those in more developed communities consider good personal and household hygiene. In particular, open defecation near water sources is a common practice, and it is not […]

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