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Church World Service (CWS) is a faith-based organization working to help communities around the world transform through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

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.

In Japan, one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, local governments are increasingly investing resources to have their staff trained on international standards. According to Takeshi Komino, Country Representative of Church World Service Japan, a recognition is spreading that agencies which adhere to international standards are trustworthy in crisis management situations.

Interviewed by Sphere, Takeshi Komino explains how civil society’s efforts are promoting Humanitarian Quality & Accountability in his country.

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.

Latest News

Success Builds on Success: One Family Succeeds in Improving Its Life

CWS Myanmar | March 16, 2018

Ma Khaing is a 39-year-old mother of 5 children and, besides the huge job of being a mother and homemaker, she has an added job selling fish. Ko Ye Tun, who is Ma Khaing’s 36-year-old husband, works as a wage laborer and fisherman. Their children’s ages span 17 years, starting with Yamin Hlaing, who is […]

Children Are Key To a Healthy Thai Church

CWS Thailand |

Speaking to hundreds of Church of Christ in Thailand pastors about “how to grow a healthy church”, General Secretary Elder Surapong Mitrakul chose to highlight the importance of children by focusing on some students in Church-sponsored schools. The CWS-supported Child Safeguarding Team was gratified to see that the General Secretary used information and data they […]

“We are ready to continue the program on our own”

CWS Timor Leste |

With 16,000+ residents, Baucau is Timor-Leste’s second largest city and, like the country’s much larger capital, Dili, the small city is on the northern coast of Timor island. Baucau is home to a national defense forces base, and the CWS team traveled there recently to support HIV prevention info-sessions as well as routine HIV testing. […]

Proud Parents and Student Enrichment Activities: A Source of Pride for Our Vietnam Country Rep.

Ngo Quoc Dung - CWS Vietnam | March 15, 2018

“It took me an hour to walk here, but I’m happy. I usually visit the school every two weeks.” – Giang Thi Seo, H’Mong woman. I met with Giang Thi Seo during my recent visit to a school in Ta Mung commune, where CWS is partnering with local government workers to improve education in this […]

We DREAM to Become a Climate Resilient Community

CWS Indonesia |

Living in a remote area prone to landslides and far from any town or city, people in North Belau village in South Sulawesi face many challenges. Frederik Kumbun has been North Belau’s leader for more than 10 years, and during this time the 47-year-old has seen his village become more vulnerable than ever to disasters […]

Ensuring Dignity in Health Care Service Increases Service Use

CWS Cambodia |

When CWS partner, Rural Development Association (RDA), staff started working in Chroy Sdao commune in western Cambodia two years ago, the health center was in great disrepair. The most alarming indicator of the clinic’s poor situation was the lack of a functioning toilet – at a health clinic! Still the health center staff was meant […]

Emergency Aid for Afghan Returnees from Pakistan Continues with Japanese Funding

CWS Japan |

During another harsh winter in eastern Afghanistan over the past five months, CWS Japan provided cash assistance to help families returning from Pakistan after years in exile to meet basic needs, including interventions to help prevent often-deadly acute respiratory illness among children. Since most families are living in extreme conditions without full shelter or heat, […]


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