Building a world where there is enough for all

Photo: CWS

Recently, CWS Asia Regional Director, Leslie Wilson (center in the bright yellow shirt) joined CWS Funds Development and Marketing colleagues in Greensboro, North Carolina (USA) for a gathering to prepare for fall 2019 CROP Hunger Walks across North Carolina. Of the hundreds of CROP Hunger Walks done annually across the United States, those in North Carolina are always among the most successful in drawing attention to issues of hunger – in their own communities and State, and around the world. This year CROP Hunger Walks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the walks, the first of which were held in 1969 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Since CWS was founded as CROP in 1946, generous Americans have been supporting CWS in Asia. And since 1969, people walking to help end hunger in the world have been supporting CWS community-based development work to fight hunger across southeast Asia. Right now, CROP Hunger Walk proceeds fund CWS and partners to work in poor rural communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam through a team of about 75 national staff and four expatriates from Germany and the United States.

Leslie Wilson (center in the bright yellow shirt) joined CWS Funds Development and Marketing colleagues in Greensboro, North Carolina (USA) for a gathering to prepare for fall 2019 CROP Hunger Walks across North Carolina. Photo: CWS

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.

Lenito (in Timor-Leste) shows off the pig he traded for his rooster. Photo: CWS

Tanti (in Indonesia) outside the tent that was her home after the disaster. Photo: CWS

Kimlean (in Cambodia) feeds her brood with termites. Photo: CWS

A the safe, clean new stove for Phuc Than commune kindergarten (Vietnam). Photo: CWS

U Aung Kyaw Moe (in Myanmar) at work as a mason. In May 2018, he took the opportunity to join a short-term masonry training program (supported by CWS) to become skilled. Photo: CWS

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CWS Timor-Leste | May 26, 2019

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CWS Indonesia |

Azar (not his real name), was born in the mountains of southern Hazarajat in central Afghanistan. Azar always considered his village a safe place to live. But, towards the end of his primary school years, a group identifying with the Afghan Taliban infiltrated the village and Azar, whose family was not sympathetic to the group, […]

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Enough for All

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Len Kimlean is 49 and her husband Saing Phally is 55. With their two sons, who are 30 and 14, they live in a northern Cambodian village in Preah Vihear province. When CWS first met this family just two years ago, they were extremely poor farmers. Sometimes, they did not have enough food to eat, […]

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CWS Japan |

CWS Japan continues to strengthen its partnership with the academic / science community and was part of the 30 Innovations for Disaster Risk Reduction launch. The collection details innovative products and approaches assessed to be effective in contributing to reducing disaster risks as well as a summary the survey used to determine the DRR innovations […]

Learning by Doing: Building New Skills to Help Schools Be Safer and Cleaner

CWS Vietnam |

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Vietnam Project Officer. In my recent activity monitoring visit to the Phuc Than commune kindergarten in northern Vietnam, I had a chance to inspect the school’s clean, smoke-free kitchen – thanks to a new stove, which a great improvement on the dirty, inefficient and polluting old stove. It was good […]

Community Networks Building a More Prepared Future

CWS Indonesia |

In early March, 45 community leaders from five in Central Sulawesi villages started their community disaster preparedness networks by considering natural disaster threats in each of their villages. After discussing as many aspects of natural disasters they have experienced or heard about, the women and men in the room put their ideas for contingency action […]

Doing Well by Doing Good: A Mason’s Story

CWS Myanmar |

U Aung Kyaw Moe lives in Yae Le Gyi village, which is in southwest Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River delta. Like many poor Myanmar citizens, U Moe works several jobs to make ends meets. Sometimes he works as a mason and a carpenter; other times he is a hairdresser! He supports his family of four on an […]

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