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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.

Overview: CWS Around the World

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 Myanmar interview with local people. 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.

Latest News

The Reason We Are Here in the First Place

CWS Indonesia | April 17, 2018

For unaccompanied refugee children living in CWS-hosted group homes in Jakarta, Indonesia, soccer means something different than in many places. Played most by boys seeking asylum and safety from war-torn countries around the world, soccer represents a real kind of freedom – if only momentary freedom from worry and fear about the future. While all […]

Happy to Have Help, Ma Aye Joined All the Education Sessions

CWS Myanmar |

Ko Myo Kyi and Ma Khin New Aye live in Taung Tar Yar village in Myanmar’s far southwest Ayeyarwady Region, which is defined by the far-reaching Ayeyarwady River system that has hundreds of powerful tributaries by which people live but also because of which they struggle sometimes. Ko Kyi and Ma Ayge have three children: […]

Now I Have More Time to Focus on … Making a Better Life

CWS Cambodia |

Bun Ratha, 28, lives with her husband, Horm Chanthorn, 25, and their 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. They are farmers living on her mother’s land and raising ducks for a living. But their income is quite low and they have high interest loan payments due from buying the […]

“Smoke No Longer Gets in My Eyes”

CWS Vietnam |

By Nguyen Van Ty, CWS Program Officer, and Leslie Wilson, Asia Regional Director. Like many other schools in rural mountainous areas in Vietnam, the very remote Ta Mung kindergarten has an even more remote satellite school in Lun village where, amazingly, almost 100 pre-school children aged 3- to 6-years old come to learn and play […]

It Takes a Village

CWS Indonesia | April 16, 2018

To be prepared to respond to natural disasters, especially mudslides and localized floods from too-heavy rains, it is most important, Father Yos concludes, to maintain coordination – not only among individual people taking action but also among organizations and groups, like local government and the Indonesian Red Cross, which are responsible for people’s survival and […]

NGO2030 Initiated in Japan

CWS Japan |

CWS Japan is part of a new Japanese initiative, NGO2030, in anticipation of that year being an important one for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris (climate change) Agreement, and in self-recognition that Japanese NGOs have a timely chance to renew their vision and purpose to […]

The HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Program CWS Pioneered Will Remain a Vital Public Health Service

CWS Timor Leste |

In March (2018) our small CWS Timor Leste team traveled to Oecusse, which is an enclave of about 70,000 people in one of the country’s most isolated district; it is almost entirely land-locked within neighboring West Timor (Indonesia) and has the Savwu Sea on its northern border. Because Timor Leste’s national defense forces are strategically […]

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 who attend Church-sponsored schools. The CWS-supported Child Safeguarding Team was gratified to see that the General Secretary used information and data they […]

Marking One Year of Progress Since Signing Our MOU in Myanmar

CWS Myanmar |

Just one year ago, CWS celebrated signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Disaster Management of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement to validate our years of work with communities to improve their disaster preparedness through grassroots risk reduction efforts and to expand and improve water, sanitation and hygiene programs. This […]

Saving for an Ever Better Future

CWS Indonesia |

Jeni Liunokas, who is Mama Jeni to her friends and neighbors, is a 41-year-old mother of three children and an active member of the Fetomone women’s savings group in Enonabuasa village, West Timor. Mama Jeni and her neighbors started their group because of the Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion-funded Berdaya initiative, which is one […]

We Dream to Have a Proper House to Live In

CWS Cambodia |

Touch Oeun, 41, lives with his wife Kun Pich, 37, in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. Before getting to know CWS partner, Rural Development Association, Touch and his wife sowed and harvested vegetable twice a year. They were better off than some neighbors because of their garden; still, they often they did not have […]

“For Almost 20 Years, We Did Not Know This Basic Information”

CWS Vietnam |

By Mai Thi Quynh Giao, Administration-Finance Manager, and Leslie Wilson, Asia Regional Director. Mrs. Lo Thi Cay is 55 and she lives in Na Dan #1 village in Than Uyen district in remote northern Vietnam. Fortunately, she is not among the poorest people in the village: her family has some land for rice farming, a […]

     

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