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, hands-on education and 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.
Despite the COVID-19 crisis, CWS program teams are busy working with civil society partners, local government colleagues, communities and families. In Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects continue with added info-sharing about how the novel corona virus spreads. And, vitally, information is shared about ways to prevent infection. All livelihood initiatives, including support for climate adapted home gardening and animal raising continue too. Some skills training programs, including sewing and masonry, have slowed down because class sizes are limited by social distancing. But, they do continue.
The situation in Myanmar, as CWS Country Representative Marvin Pannell describes in the video below is similar to the situation in the other countries where we are fortunate to continue our work to help ensure that there is enough for all – especially in these challenging times. As Marvin says, we are grateful for CWS CROP Hunger Walk and other donors, who make our work possible.
Building a world where there is enough for all
CWS Indonesia | May 12, 2020
A September 2018 earthquake in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, destroyed or badly damaged most houses in Balongga village. There, and elsewhere, countless people became homeless. Today, 20 months since the disaster, many families still live in so-called temporary (T) shelters. These were built with international support in the disaster’s immediate wake. They are called temporary. But, […]
CWS Indonesia | April 30, 2020
By Indarwati Palembangan, our Senior Project Officer in Tana Toraja. State Primary School 177 is in Se’seng village in the Tana Toraja district of Sulawesi island in Indonesia. The village lies in a mountainous area prone to landslides. So, back in 2015, schools and community leaders joined teachers, students and parents to join a Safe […]
CWS Cambodia | April 23, 2020
In the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia, like all countries, continues battling many social and economic problems. These are in addition to public health issues, including the ones now presented by the coronavirus. Of course, the new rules put in place to try to contain the virus are necessary. They will prevent further harmful health impacts. This […]
CWS Myanmar | April 19, 2020
Things are a bit business unusual for CWS these days, as they are for much of the world. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is slowing us down and causing us to reschedule larger group activities. These include Community-led Total Sanitation start-up events and cross-community sharing and learning field trips. But, in most rural areas where CWS […]
CWS Japan | April 10, 2020
Typhoon Faxai made landfall in east-central Japan in September 2019 on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture. Its impact was exacerbated when Typhoon Hagibis hit the same area the next month on October 12th. Tateyama city, where CWS Japan and partners responded to Hagibis, was a complete disaster due not only to the storms but […]
CWS | April 1, 2020
In continuing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that emerged in late 2019, CWS is adjusting and coping – creatively and positively – in line with all government requirements and requests across Asia. In Cambodia, our partners are postponing many awareness-raising and education sessions until further notice. But, some activities that have five or fewer […]