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Recently, two CWS team members, Ek Sothea from Cambodia and Boba Juanda from Indonesia, joined a workshop to increase their understanding of the Building a Better Response project, which aims to strengthen humanitarian workers ability to engage effectively within the international humanitarian coordination system, especially for large, complex emergencies. The BBR project’s main goal is to improve coordination and response to affected populations. Funded by the US Agency for International Development, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, the project is implemented through a consortium that brings together operational and technical expertise, and it is led by International Medical Corps, Concern Worldwide and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Before joining the workshop both Sothea and Boba completed the BBR e-learning course, which gave them, a solid foundation – alongside their own experience in responding to disasters in their countries – from which to accelerate their learning.

Sothea and Boba at BBR workshop in Bangkok. Photo: CWS

March 11th to 13th the CWS Vietnam team in proud and energized in joining a Sphere standards workshop that they took the lead in organizing for the humanitarian response community in Vietnam. In considering the week, CWS Emergency Response Focal Point, Mai Thi Quynh Giao shares these thoughts, “The gathering to update ourselves on the 2018 edition of the Sphere handbook is well under way in Hanoi, and all participants are especially glad that we are using our national language for all workshop sessions. Using Vietnamese makes the workshop more useful to most of us, especially our colleagues who have not heard much about or used the Sphere standards before. Read more

Dung and Ty are giving presentation after the group discussion (Sphere standards workshop, Hanoi-Vietnam). Photo: CWS

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update: CWS has received and distributed 2,100 tarps, 1,911 blankets, 1,148 sleeping mats from USAID in Sigi and Donggala districts; 4,373 jerry cans, 2,760 mosquito nets, 6,000 sleeping mats, 5,671 solar lamps and 195 family tents from UNHCR in Sigi and Donggala districts. Read more

Augustin and her daughter and the CWS-provided water tank they use (in Indonesia). Link here to read about a recent donor visit to Palu. 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.

Sand water filter in Yae Le Gyi school (Myanmar). Photo: CWS

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.

Testing filtering speed of a biosand water filter made by Kansas City students (in Vietnam). Photo: CWS

Mateos collecting water for his family at the Oe Susanta spring (Indonesia). Photo: CWS

Mr. Boris, Ang Primary School (Cambodia) Headmaster, showing us the well and explain how it is important for them. Photo: CWS

Hanh (far right girl) cleaning hands with her friends at Khuon Pong kindergarten (Vietnam). Photo: CWS

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