Church World Service in Asia

    In Asia, 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 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, hands-on education and 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.

    Most refugee and asylum-seeking children in Indonesia are left out of the nation’s formal education system. In partnership with UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief, we’re working to change this. As a first step, we’re hosting information sessions for parents (pictured) and enrolling children in Indonesian language classes. When the students officially join public schools in May 2021, we’ll make sure they have the supplies resources they need to succeed.

    Today I have 11 eggs!

    February 03, 2021 – Cam Thi Thao is a Thai woman from Doi 9 village in remote Phuc Than commune in northern Vietnam. For their daily sustenance, Thao’s five-member family relies on her husband’s family land to grow rice. But the yield is not enough to support the family, which includes two growing children and Thao’s mother-in-law. To feed her family as best she can, Thao also raises chickens and ducks. So, when she heard about a new CWS-organized project that could help her family, she joined an info-sharing session about chicken-raising led by Vui, who heads the Doi 9 Women’s Union and had earlier joined a CWS-led workshop about best practice poultry-raising.

    Having raised chickens for some time, Thao found the new ideas and methods introduced by Vui potentially useful. So, she decided to join the group to raise project-supplied chickens. “The first hens shared with us in early June have already laid several 12-15 egg clutches. I used about 10 dozen eggs for our meals and to sell for 5,000 Dong (20 cents) each to buy other foods”. I left 20 eggs for hatching, but just a few chicks hatched.”

    After her own unsuccessful hatching experience, Thao joined information session about using incubators to hatch eggs, which was a revelation for everyone. When her group received an incubator, Thao volunteered to keep it at her home. Showing her visitors the incubator, Thao said: “We placed 54 eggs for this hatching time. I scan them every day. So far, all but one egg are doing well. It’s now the 16th day, so the chicks will come in 5 days. I can now manage the incubator well and can tell others, too. It’s good as we can produce more chicks at a time while the hens can rest and produce more eggs”.

    Walking together with her to a local market, Thao happily added this about her successes in raising her hens for egg, “My hens lay at least three eggs a day. As there is a small market nearby, I usually go there in late afternoon with the eggs laid in the morning. Today I have 11 eggs to sell so I can buy other kinds of food that are good for my children.”

    CWS Stands Ready to Respond to Serial Disasters Across Indonesia

    January 18, 2021 – Tragically, Indonesia has been hit in recent days with a series of devastating natural disasters. There is not yet a call for CWS staff to join government-led response activities. But we are monitoring the situation and are ready to help in partnership with ACT Indonesia Forum member. As of Sunday evening, January 17th, the death toll from the earthquake in West Sulawesi had climbed to 56, with hundreds more injured. According to the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, about 15,000 people were displaced by the earthquake. The ACT Indonesia Forum is preparing a request for Rapid Response Funds (RRF). Requesting members will likely be YEU and Pelkesi.

    Separately, floods in South Kalimantan and North Sulawesi have killed 5 and displaced over 100,000 people. It is the peak of the rainy season, and landslides in West Java killed 28. Also, Java’s tallest (12,000-foot) volcano, Mt. Semeru erupted (again) on Saturday. The area is not densely populated, so no evacuations were ordered. Finally, new COVID19 cases passed 14,000 on Saturday, January 16th. The CWS leadership team is tracking this number closely already and will add tracking of the three natural disasters cited.

    Hope for a new chicken farmer in Myanmar

    CWS Myanmar | January 31, 2021

    Daw Aye May, a 56-year-old widow, used to make a living selling herbs in an open-air market. That was before Covid-19 public health restrictions curtailed public gatherings at large markets and travel beyond township borders. In the village of Sar Phyu Su, 40 miles north of Yangon, Myanmar, salaried job opportunities are limited. And when […]

    Complex Crises Compounded by COVID-19

    CWS Japan | January 25, 2021

    When disasters hit communities in Asia, CWS staff are often on the front line to help people. As needed, CWS responds to families affected by floods, earthquakes and drought. Increasingly, CWS staff compile and share lessons learned from government and civil society disaster response. The focus of CWS analysis, like CWS responses, is largely on […]

    Hope In the Midst of Loss and Struggle

    CWS Cambodia | January 7, 2021

    With funding from Later-Day Saint Charities’ 2020 holiday Giving Machines, CWS and Cambodian partners have been able to work with some of Cambodia’s most acutely vulnerable subsistence farmers this year. These are families who own tiny land plots at best. Many have no land at all. In the remote rural areas where CWS works, all […]

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