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CWS teams across Asia are with our colleagues in spirit and prayer as they respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.

September 9, 2019

SITUATION Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday, September 1 as a Category 5, the strongest level of hurricane. The storm moved historically slowly, leaving widespread devastation in its wake. Read more

See photos of Hurricane Dorian’s damage in North Carolina here

At the opening session of the Global Network for Disaster Reduction Asia Regional Strategy Workshop in August 2019, CWS Asia Regional Director, Leslie Wilson, joined a panel, Creating the Big Picture, during which she addressed the much-discussed “shrinking space for civil society engagement” in development and humanitarian action, including disaster risk management. Leslie is the 3rd person (1st woman) from the right in the back row of the workshop participants’ photo. Other panelists were Animesh Kumar from UNDRR and Aslam Perwaiz from Asia Disaster Prevention Network.

Participants of Global Network for Disaster Reduction Asia Regional Strategy Workshop. Photo: CWS

We Can Do More Together

By Silvana Faillace and the Development and Humanitarian Assistance team at Church World Service

When the ground shook on that September afternoon in 2018, it was only the beginning. After a few hours of small quakes, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi in the early evening. The quake triggered tsunamis and a phenomenon called liquefaction, when land literally turns to liquid. Read more.

The Church of Christ in Thailand Makes Strides Toward Its Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct

This month, our Thailand Child Safeguarding team partnered with the Office of Child Protection of the Church of Christ in Thailand for an inaugural Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding Writer’s Workshop. The two-day gathering made time and space for all communities in the “first generation” network to develop their locally-relevant code to ensure the children in their care – in schools, churches and hospitals – are safe. The workshop’s success is that each communities wrote its first draft code based on the details and dynamics of their CCT institution and leadership. In the coming weeks and months, the Codes of Conduct will be shared with communities who will have a chance to learn the details of ways to be sure they are followed so that no harm of any kind comes to children in Church affiliates: schools or congregations.

CCT Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct writers’ workshop. 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.

Mohammad is in the green jersey trying to block the shot! (in Indonesia) Photo: CWS

CWS continue working with Timor-Leste families so they can make better nutrition decisions for their children. This is the food groups pie chart in local language. Photo: CWS

Hon making chicken feed (in Cambodia). Photo: CWS

Mama Deni at her loom (in Indonesia). Photo: CWS

Sarini and her daughters with their new WASH kit (in Indonesia). Photo: CWS

Sangkhlaburi church members at the Writers Workshop (in Thailand) with child protection expert, Suchawalee Mankhong. Photo: CWS

The finished eco-bricks at a garbage management workshop (in Vietnam). Photo: CWS

Ma Bo Ma and her son Mg Htet Oo (in Myanmar). Photo: CWS

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