Talking to CWS colleagues at the celebration, Cake said, “I am proud of myself for putting in all the hard work to finally earn my Master’s degree in Child, Adolescence and Family Psychology. This accomplishment helps me to be more confident in sharing my knowledge and advice with parents, teachers and other staff in the organizations comprising The Church of Christ in Thailand.” In Thailand, where higher education is admired, Cake’s graduate degree brings respect for her advice as she encourages parents, teachers, pastors and others to see the importance of creating a safe place for children – something she works on each day, with her colleagues, in supporting the Church’s Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.
Forty elementary school children from Mabi, a town hard hit in July’s torrential rains in western Japan, just got a respite from their ongoing displacement at a camp outing organized by the Setouchi YMCA. The children’s town in Okayama Prefecture lost 2,000+ houses, including these children’s. Now, two months after the storm’s worst days, Mabi’s streets are no longer streams of mud; but, flooded buildings remain empty. Mabi is a ghost town.
Outside Mabi, the children who joined the camp, which was generously supported through CWS Japan by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, are now living in government-supported temporary housing. So, one reason for the camping trip was to help relieve the children’s anxiety about their family’s stressful living situation, and to help heal their hearts, which CWS Japan’s team learned a lot about while working with families after Japan’s 2011 Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and again after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake. Read more.
As of Monday afternoon, local time, CWS is coordinating with key humanitarian partners in Jakarta and Sulawesi, while preparing to send a small response team by road from Makassar to Palu with relief supplies not, or no longer, available in cities and towns close to Palu.
With a long-standing partnership with the Indonesia government’s disaster response agency, BNPB, in other Sulawesi districts, the CWS team is well positioned and networked to be of immediate assistance as requested. Updates to follow. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the national disaster management agency (BNPB), there is a coordinated response under way now. Key first responders are local disaster management office staff, the national army and local police, national search and rescue agency teams, among others including national non-government agencies and volunteers. The priority focus is on search and rescue and medical treatment for the injured. Also, material support (blankets, water, etc.) is being sought from the Indonesia public.
At this time, according to a UN OCHA situation report , the Government is not asking for international assistance, but the CWS Indonesia team has seconded one staff member to a local NGO coalition, HFI, and others are standing by in case additional help is needed.”.
Another cause of fatigue for many adults comes from the staff and volunteers of the many different government agencies and private voluntary organizations who are arriving to help – but all needing the same information and asking the same questions, repeatedly. To try to help address this, CWS Japan is working with a few other key partners to improve information management in the shelters, not only to streamline information-sharing for those seeking to help but also to let families know where they can get help to search for missing friends and relatives, how to access government compensation and support for rebuilding their homes and, for mothers and grandmothers, especially, where to find nursery and day care services, which are gradually opening.
For more information, please contact Takeshi Komino, Country Representative, CWS Japan telephone: 03-5577-4538; email: email@example.com )
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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.
CWS Japan | October 4, 2018
“This summer, we have lost a lot, including all our family photos of our memories. I am very thankful that my child now has such a lovely new memory.”– One YMCA camper’s mom. Forty elementary school children from Mabi, a town hard hit in July’s torrential rains in western Japan, just got a respite from […]
By Yukiko Maki, CWS Japan, Program Manager | September 20, 2018
With the thatched-roof houses built on stilts over often-flooded land, small shops lining the river embankment and pigs lying around in household gardens, the villages in Ayerwaddy River delta seemed unreal – like a fairy tale, but not an always lovely one – to me. Though I have lived and worked in many rural villages […]
CWS Vietnam |
When I joined the celebration in Na Dan #1 village for their certification as a “Community with outstanding achievement in obtaining Open Defecation Free status”, I could see the happiness and excitement on the face of each person I met, especially Lo Van Nhoi, the young head of the village. Before the celebration day, Nhoi […]
CWS Timor-Leste |
Zelia Pintu da Cruz lives in Maumeta village of Timor-Leste where, at age 32 she is mother to three children, ages 11, 5 and 4 years, and 6 months pregnant as well. She is a subsistence farmer and her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver who earns about $10 a month, which she supplements with […]
CWS Myanmar |
Thin Thin Soe, who is 24, lives with her family in Sit Kone village in the Ayerwaddy River delta region of southwest Myanmar. She finished Grade 8 at her village school and then decided to leave school to help her family grow winter crops. Because CWS has been working with many of her family’s neighbors […]
CWS Indonesia |
Mateos Missa, who is 33, chairs the Oe Sustana Water User Committee in West Timor. He is a farmer and lives in Nitutoli hamlet in Saenam village with his wife, Yufita Sio, their toddler, Mercy and their newborn, Misa. In Nitutoli there are 83 families – about 400 people in all. As Chair of the […]
CWS Indonesia |
Abdo (not his real name) is the youngest of 8 children in a Sudanese family, and he was just one year old when his mother and siblings had to flee with him to a refugee camp after their village was burned down in the ongoing sectarian violence that plagues their country. Abdo lived in the […]
CWS Cambodia |
Tep Kosol is 49 and lives with her husband, Sin Choy, who is 66 and has been disabled and unable to work for about 10 years. They have four children between the ages of 24 and six; and, even with her eldest daughters’ help, when they left school to take jobs, Kosol has struggled to […]
CWS Japan |
In addition to local coordination structures and groups, a mechanism was needed to coordinate agencies in Tokyo since a key unresolved issue was that insufficient information about available government support schemes, including subsidies and legal assistance. Since information was being sought in a scattered way, i.e., by different agencies, an urgent effort to integrate and […]
CWS Timor-Leste | September 19, 2018
Juliana da Concenca’o is a solider in Timor-Leste’s national defense force based in Hera just outside her country’s capital, Dili. Like thousands of her military peers over many years, Juliana recently joined 15 other soldiers for an info-session about HIV prevention – an issue that remains critical to her and her military colleagues. Led by […]
CWS Indonesia |
Yohanis Toding started working for his local government in North Belau village in 1999 when he was 28; and, since 2005, he has been the Deputy Chairman of the North Belau village parliament***, which led to his election as Chairman of the North Belau Village Disaster Preparedness Team last year. “Joining activities in partnership with […]
CWS Myanmar |
Khin Myo Thant is 33 and married to U Aung Ko, who is 35; they live with their only son, Hein Aung Soe who is 3 and a half in They Sin Ku Taung village in the Ayerwaddy River delta region of southwest Myanmar. Khin Myo spends most of her time taking care of Hein […]
By Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Vietnam Administrative and Program Support Officer |
I met Chao Kien Hin, a 66-year-old man from the Dao ethnic group during a recent emergency relief materials distribution event and was pleased that he took some time to tell me about his son’s family, which was greatly affected in one of our recent severe rainstorms. Here is what Mr. Hin told me: while […]
CWS Cambodia |
In early 2018 the CWS Cambodia team was able to support 11 primary schools in Preah Vihear Province of northern Cambodia with tried-and-true water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs to support better basic health and wellbeing for 2,613 students. Recently, gratitude to CWS for our WASH program support came from one of the 69 teachers […]