Building a world where there is enough for all

Photo: CWS

At today’s opening session of the Global Network for Disaster Reduction Asia Regional Strategy Workshop, CWS Asia Regional Director, Leslie Wilson, joined a panel, Creating the Big Picture, during which she addressed the much-discussed “shrinking space for civil society engagement” in development and humanitarian action, including disaster risk management. Leslie is the 3rd person (1st woman) from the right in the back row of the workshop participants’ photo. Other panelists were Animesh Kumar from UNDRR and Aslam Perwaiz from Asia Disaster Prevention Network.

Participants of Global Network for Disaster Reduction Asia Regional Strategy Workshop. Photo: CWS

PARTNERING TO AMPLIFY DISASTER RESPONSE

We Can Do More Together

By Silvana Faillace and the Development and Humanitarian Assistance team at Church World Service

When the ground shook on that September afternoon in 2018, it was only the beginning. After a few hours of small quakes, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi in the early evening. The quake triggered tsunamis and a phenomenon called liquefaction, when land literally turns to liquid. Read more.

Delivery of tarpaulins in Central Sulawesi. Photo: CWS

The Church of Christ in Thailand Makes Strides Toward Its Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct

This month, our Thailand Child Safeguarding team partnered with the Office of Child Protection of the Church of Christ in Thailand for an inaugural Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding Writer’s Workshop. The two-day gathering made time and space for all communities in the “first generation” network to develop their locally-relevant code to ensure the children in their care – in schools, churches and hospitals – are safe. The workshop’s success is that each communities wrote its first draft code based on the details and dynamics of their CCT institution and leadership. In the coming weeks and months, the Codes of Conduct will be shared with communities who will have a chance to learn the details of ways to be sure they are followed so that no harm of any kind comes to children in Church affiliates: schools or congregations.

CCT Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct writers’ workshop. 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.

Rin in his vegetable garden (in Cambodia). Photo: CWS

Lucia with her son, mother and younger brothers in their new home garden (in Timor-Leste). Photo: CWS

Minh Vi (left) and her friend during ‘pair reading’ in their school library (in Vietnam). Photo: CWS

Susana with eggplants from her drip irrigated garden (in Indonesia). Photo: CWS

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Blessed Are The Poor (Luke 6:20)

CWS Myanmar | August 5, 2019

By Yukiko Maki, Program Manager CWS Japan. My first visit to the Ayeyarwady River delta and the Myanmar villages where CWS Japan supported a nutrition education project was in 2017. This work was done in partnership with the Japanese food products company, AJINOMOTO; and, it was a success despite the challenges families face every year […]

Instilling Savings Habits a Little at a Time

CWS Myanmar | July 31, 2019

Parents of five children ages four to 16, Ko Tun Tun Win and his wife Ma Tin Tin Htay work hard to make ends meet. Ko Tun Tun owns a small boat that he uses to ferry one to three people at a time, around his communities’ waterways, and Ma Tin Tin sells betel nut, […]

From “Not Having Enough” To “Having More Than Enough”

CWS Cambodia |

Vann Rin and his wife, Khoeun Norn are both 33 and their two daughters are 6 years old and 18 months old. Rin’s elderly mother lives with them in Boeung Popul village in western Cambodia. Like countless rural Cambodian families, their main food sources, and some income, is from rice farming. Rin farms two hectares […]

A Bit of a Dream Come True: Affordable Loans for Women Farmers

CWS Indonesia |

Yuliana La’lai, like many of her neighbors in South Sulawesi, has always relied farming for her family’s income. However, slowly but surely climate change is making the region’s harvests less fruitful. Gradually, Yuliana notes, “unpredictable rainfall leaves us not knowing when to plant rice; our cacao pods and coffee plants are affected too”. These crop […]

Central Sulawesi Disaster Recovery Continues with Cash for Families to Rebuild and Renew

CWS Indonesia |

Recently, people from Donggala district, which was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in late September 2018, receive money to support them in the next steps of their recovery from the disaster that upended their lives. The payments to families were made through what is called a cash transfer program, and such programs are increasingly […]

Growing Vegetables for Growing Children

CWS Timor-Leste |

Lucia Martins lives with her mother, husband, two children, and 10 siblings in a modest bamboo house in rural Timor-Lest – Liquisa village about several miles outside Dili. And, even though the village is not all that far, distance-wise, from the country’s capital city, it is light years away in terms of socioeconomic development. This […]

Getting to The End

CWS Vietnam |

By Tran Van Thang, Vietnam Project Officer. Lo Thi Minh Vi is a young girl of Thai ethnicity who studies in class 2A8 of satellite primary school in Phuc Than commune in northern Vietnam. When I sat down to talk to her last month, she told me that “Before my classmates and I found library […]

Drip, Drip, Drip (Irrigation): Better Diets and More Produce to Sell in Op Village

CWS Indonesia |

Susana Tefa is a poor farmer in Op village, West Timor. Like countless others in Op and nearby villages, she and her husband are always looking for ways to improve their lives and livelihoods. So, Susana was glad for the opportunity to join CWS-led Timor Zero Hunger project activities, which are open to all who […]

Haircuts, Henna and a Little Happiness

CWS Indonesia |

Recently a few young people who live in group homes for unaccompanied refugee children came to CWS staff with an idea. They wanted to practice their newly honed hair cutting skills by offering to cut their neighbors’ hair. Excited about the idea – and a chance for the youngsters to get to know their neighbors […]

The Church of Christ in Thailand Makes Strides Toward Its Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct

CWS Thailand | July 30, 2019

This month (July 2019), our Thailand Child Safeguarding team partnered with the Office of Child Protection of the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) for an inaugural Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding Writer’s Workshop. The two-day gathering made time and space for all communities in the “first generation” network to develop their locally-relevant code […]

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