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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 honor of the exceptional and long-term service of Donna J. Derr 

Church World Service has established

an endowment fund in her name to continue the work that was so important to her.

Donna’s leadership over many years in global relief and development, refugee ministries and humanitarian assistance was highly respected. Her commitment, compassion and caring for people and communities around the globe was clear to all who met her.

It is in a spirit of heartfelt gratitude that this fund is created so that her impact will continue to be felt for years to come.


The Donna J. Derr Fund for Women and Children

The Fund will provide support for empowering women and nurturing children in communities around the world through the programs of Church World Service, which Donna herself created and nurtured.

“Celebrating Donna’s life and service with thankfulness for a legacy that will live on through women and children for generations to come.”

In the spirit of Advent and light, we are gladdened to remember our beloved colleague and friend.

Lin Lae Cho girl is one of TB patients that CWS support in Myanmar. 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.

Latest News

CWS Annual Report 2017

CWS | November 27, 2017

From advocacy for disaster risk reduction & climate justice in Japan and child safeguarding advocacy & action in Thailand to humanitarian aid in Indonesia, HIV prevention education in Timor-Leste and integrated community development in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, it has been a busy year. Explore the work that we have made possible: CWS Annual Report […]

ACT Indonesia Forum Members Preparing For An Additional Response In The Event Of Mount Agung’s Large Eruption

CWS Indonesia | November 26, 2017

On November 25th Indonesia’s Mount Agung, which is on Bali island, erupted for the second time in a week. The government has raised its warning for citizens and visitors to the highest possible level because a larger and more devastating eruption may be imminent. ACT Indonesia Forum members YEU (YAKKUM), ICCO-Cooperation and Lutheran World Relief […]

An Enduring Legacy of CWS, Week of Compassion and Cambodian NGO Partnership

CWS Cambodia | November 19, 2017

In 2010-2011, the Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion funded Lending a Helping Hand – an initiative in Battambang, northwest Cambodia that was led by a Cambodian NGO, the Association for Development for Our Villagers’ Rights. There were many and varied accomplishments from the project, which supported basic health services, hand pump wells, community leader […]

CWS Japan Facilitates Public-Private Partnership to Support Disaster Risk Reduction in Eastern Afghanistan

CWS Japan |

As part of a CWS-designed and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs-funded project, 11 Afghans from national and local government entities, and civil society, including NGO and community representatives from Nangahar Province, gathered recently in New Delhi, India to meet CWS team members and partner (Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd.) staff. The group came together for […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia: Stories of Success and Change Continue

CWS Cambodia | November 18, 2017

Eighty percent-plus of Cambodians live in rural areas, and more than 40% of these people have no access to improved water sources https://www.wssinfo.org. Poor sanitation is endemic with 50% of people defecating in the open (Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey, 2014). These circumstances, plus poor household hygiene leads to many preventable diseases and to a […]

It Takes a Village!

CWS Indonesia |

Antonia (Nia) Nomlene is a 28-year-old mother of two from Saenam village in West Timor. Last year, Nia volunteered as a facilitator in the SOLIDARITAS initiative to help make Saenam a Government-designated Disaster Resilient Village; and since then, supported by CWS and partner, Gerbangmas, Nia has been helping her neighbors and local government workers learn […]

One Couple Learns That Malnutrition Is Not Always Obvious, But Can Be Addressed

CWS Myanmar |

Ko Kyaw Zaw Hein earns an above average monthly salary of 150,000 MMK (≈ $110) at Ngwe Saung Beach Hotel, so he provides well for his wife, Ma Theint Theint Sint, and their two daughters. So, he and Ma Sint were surprised to learn that their three-year-old daughter is malnourished. Fortunately, they were glad to […]

Expanding The Knowledge Of HIV and STI Prevention

CWS Timor-Leste |

Second Sergeant Pedro Soares is based at the Timor Leste naval base in Hera, about 40 km outside Dili, and he is one of a new group of HIV prevention facilitators who just completed a training program led by CWS-supported Master Trainers. He now uses his new skills and knowledge to offer HIV prevention information […]

Young Parents Learn Together About How to Care Better for Their Infant Son’s Health

CWS Vietnam |

Born in 1997, Khang A Su, like many other Mong men, married quite early. He is just 20 and his wife, Vu Thi Ve, is evening younger by two years. They live in Noong Thang, which is just about 7 km along the pathway from their commune center. The young couple already has an eight-month-old […]

CWS Japan Welcomes a Deputy Country Representative

CWS Japan |

Ikue Uchida has joined CWS Japan in a newly created deputy role designed to help the Board of Directors, including the Country Representative, Takeshi Komino, strengthen governance, management, and growth. Ikue brings a wealth of experience from corporate, government and nonprofit sector work, highlighted by her involvement in innovation projects with Japanese companies working with […]

Through Solidarity, Community Early Warning Systems Are in Place … And a Good Place to Start

CWS Indonesia | November 17, 2017

Natural disasters are sadly to common in Lembang on Sulawesi island, as they are in countless Indonesian villages. Over the years landslides and fires have repeatedly claimed lives and destroyed village infrastructure. But now, with CWS support in SOLIDARITAS, community member and local government are taking steps together to make Lembang a disaster resilient village. […]

Nutrition Promotion with a Very Special Champion

CWS Myanmar |

U Maw is 67 year old and lives with his wife, Daw Tin, and three children in Let Pan Tan village, where he farms winter crops on nine acres of land that he owns. He is a respected grand old man because he is very active in community development, and he is often asked to […]

Community Centers: A Safe Space for Children to Learn Lessons of All Kinds

CWS Indonesia | November 16, 2017

In two Jakarta neighborhoods, Community Centers have for some years offered welcoming and safe spaces for refugees and asylum seekers to meet and work together to improve their daily lives – despite the many challenges they and their families and neighbors face. The Centers offer all who are interested a chance to access information, to […]

Sometimes You Can Do More for Yourself Than You Think!

CWS Vietnam |

Po A Hu is a young La Hu man who, after marriage, moved from his own village to his wife’s, where he now lives with their young son and his elderly mother-in-law. Their small house was just built about three years ago, but there is no latrine because their family has neither the right land […]

Empowerment to Address Early Marriage and Pregnancy in West Timor

CWS Indonesia | November 10, 2017

Nuryadin Selan is the headmaster of the junior high school in Oebaki village in remote West Timor, where teenage pregnancies and early marriage are a serious concern. “At one point, I had only 30 girl students in my three classes because so many had dropped out,” noted Ms. Selan during a recent workshop about adolescent […]

CWS Hosted a Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding Information-Sharing Session

CWS Thailand | November 8, 2017

Recently, the CWS Thailand child protection project team, who work with The Church of Christ in Thailand, hosted a Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding information-sharing session for four new volunteer teachers from Nagaland. Since the young women will be teaching in schools that follow the Church’s child safeguarding policy, CWS team members Suchawalee (Bon, […]

Asia WASH Learning Exchange

CWS | November 7, 2017

On November 7th, following a one-day ‘talkshop’ in Yangon, Myanmar, where members of CWS water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) teams from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam shared details, and talked about successes and challenges, in our work in these countries, the team left for Maubin to meet with families and communities who benefit from CWS […]

     

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