CWS is delivering 30,000 liters of clean water daily for 4,200+ people affected by the Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.

Photo: CWS

Other aid that CWS team members from across Indonesia and ACT Alliance partners are providing:

• Hundreds of family hygiene kits for families
• Ongoing medical and health care assistance
• 2,000 tarpaulins from USAID and the American people
• Information and referrals to other assistance organization for families CWS and ACT Alliance partners cannot help directly

CWS Child Protection Officers in Thailand Have Earned Their Master’s Degrees

The CWS Thailand team recently feted Child Protection Officer, Ponsawan (Cake) Lysoowan for earning her Master’s degree in Psychology at Thailand’s prestigious Mahidol University. She joins our other Child Protection Officer, Suchawalee (Bon) Mankhong, whose graduation was celebrated some months ago. Both young women support The Church of Christ in Thailand’s congregations, schools and hospitals to embrace the Church’s Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, which seeks to ensure that 100% of Church institutions are child safe places. Joining Cake and Bon in their continuing work is Dan Djamaludin, a missionary volunteer with Interserve Australia and a key member of the CWS-CCT child protection team.

Talking to CWS colleagues at the celebration, Cake said, “I am proud of myself for putting in all the hard work to finally earn my Master’s degree in Child, Adolescence and Family Psychology. This accomplishment helps me to be more confident in sharing my knowledge and advice with parents, teachers and other staff in the organizations comprising The Church of Christ in Thailand.” In Thailand, where higher education is admired, Cake’s graduate degree brings respect for her advice as she encourages parents, teachers, pastors and others to see the importance of creating a safe place for children – something she works on each day, with her colleagues, in supporting the Church’s Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.

Cake (center) and Bon (first left). Photo: CWS

CWS Sends Relief Supplies to Central Sulawesi While Continuing to Care for Children Affected by Japan’s July Floods

“This summer, we have lost a lot, including all our family photos of our memories. I am very thankful that my child now has such a lovely new memory.”– One YMCA camper’s mom.

Forty elementary school children from Mabi, a town hard hit in July’s torrential rains in western Japan, just got a respite from their ongoing displacement at a camp outing organized by the Setouchi YMCA. The children’s town in Okayama Prefecture lost 2,000+ houses, including these children’s. Now, two months after the storm’s worst days, Mabi’s streets are no longer streams of mud; but, flooded buildings remain empty. Mabi is a ghost town.

Outside Mabi, the children who joined the camp, which was generously supported through CWS Japan by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, are now living in government-supported temporary housing. So, one reason for the camping trip was to help relieve the children’s anxiety about their family’s stressful living situation, and to help heal their hearts, which CWS Japan’s team learned a lot about while working with families after Japan’s 2011 Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and again after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake. Read more.

Japan children’s camp. Photo: YMCA

CWS Is Coordinating with Humanitarian Partners to Respond to Indonesia’s Latest Earthquake and Tsunami

Immediately after the news of Saturday’s twin natural disasters hitting Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, CWS staff were in action to partner with ACT Alliance and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia colleagues to determine how best to respond in the immediate aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami it caused. Additionally, CWS Japan colleagues are in contact with our Indonesia team and their several humanitarian response networks.

As of Monday afternoon, local time, CWS is coordinating with key humanitarian partners in Jakarta and Sulawesi, while preparing to send a small response team by road from Makassar to Palu with relief supplies not, or no longer, available in cities and towns close to Palu.

With a long-standing partnership with the Indonesia government’s disaster response agency, BNPB, in other Sulawesi districts, the CWS team is well positioned and networked to be of immediate assistance as requested. Updates to follow. For more information contact

Just two months ago, as pictured here, CWS was supporting HFI and ACT responses to the Lombok earthquake in Indonesia. Photo: CWS

CWS and the YMCA Join Together to Support Flood-affected Children in Western Japan

In continuing response to western Japan’s severe storms and flooding, CWS is happy to report that our partnership with the YMCA has supported a camping event for 40 children from the disaster-affected areas in Okayama prefecture. Thanks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, some of the children who survived the crisis found a bit relief from the disaster, which left hundreds dead and injured, and has forced thousands to live in temporary shelters. With the camp’s success and positive outcomes for some of the storm’s worst-affected children, CWS and the YMCA are planning for another one in October. Separately, CWS response with support from the United Church of Canada and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which is part of Presbyterian Church (USA), to others affected by the July floods and displacement continues alongside CWS support for Japan’s national response to the September 6th Hokkaido earthquake.

YMCA canoe. Photo: YMCA

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Leaves the Philippines and Passes North of Vietnam and on to China

CWS staff in Asia continue to stand by ready to join ACT Alliance colleagues as needed for Super Typhoon Mangkut early recovery. For more information, go to In the United States, CWS is actively involved in responding to Hurricane Florence Hurricane Florence across the Southeast of the country.

Western Japan Floods: Old-fashioned ‘Technology’ Helps Evacuees Share Key Information

In addition to local coordination structures and groups, a mechanism was needed to coordinate agencies in Tokyo since a key unresolved issue was that insufficient information about available government support schemes, including subsidies and legal assistance. Since information was being sought in a scattered way, i.e., by different agencies, an urgent effort to integrate and share information – in both directions – was needed. So, for the people affected by the floods, CWS supported a Kochi University team to innovate a way to ease their info-sharing fatigue by providing a simple tool – an old-fashioned paper diary – Read more

The old-fashioned paper diary. Photo: CWS

CWS Helps Celebrate the Start of a New Kwai River Christian Hospital in Thailand

On Friday afternoon, June 29th, a host of Church of Christ in Thailand leaders, Royal Thai Government local officials, university representatives, local Church pastors and members came together to bless the cornerstone for a new, state of the art Kwai River Christian Hospital in Sangkhlaburi town of Kanchanaburi province in west-central Thailand. Church World Service was represented by Asia Regional Director, Leslie Wilson, whose privilege it was to introduce the special guest speaker from USAID, which is a major supporter of the new hospital’s construction with a $500,000 grant from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program. Read more.

CWS Liaising with Local Partners in Response to Earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia

When a second earthquake within a week struck Lombok, Indonesia yesterday, 5th August 2018, CWS staff were immediately in touch with ACT Alliance colleagues from YAKKUM Emergency Unit and Pelkesi, both ACT Alliance members, which are already responding to the less damaging July 29th quake and are ready to respond to this latest disaster.

According to the national disaster management agency (BNPB), there is a coordinated response under way now. Key first responders are local disaster management office staff, the national army and local police, national search and rescue agency teams, among others including national non-government agencies and volunteers. The priority focus is on search and rescue and medical treatment for the injured. Also, material support (blankets, water, etc.) is being sought from the Indonesia public.

At this time, according to a UN OCHA situation report , the Government is not asking for international assistance, but the CWS Indonesia team has seconded one staff member to a local NGO coalition, HFI, and others are standing by in case additional help is needed.”.

The medical team from ACT member Pelkesi is partnering with local nurses in Karang Bajo village in North Lombok district. Photo: CWS

CWS Responds to Western Japan’s Floods: Emergency Appeal Issued and Early Recovery Work Begins

Inside Mabi town in Okayama Prefecture, disaster debris is still piling up and reminding everyone of the recovery challenges ahead. All the debris must be cleared before people can to start rebuilding their homes, and many people’s emotional and physical recovery is just happening now. To first address the human challenge, HuMA, CWS partner in this effort, has stepped up its medical check-ups from a trailer outside evacuation centers. In fact, the ‘centers’ are schools appropriated for flood-affected families and individuals to rest, eat and sleep each evening once they return from sorting out their home situations during the day. Being nearby, HuMA staff can also so check-ups or respond to emergencies during the night time if there are people who were injured or are ill from exhaustion after their day-time clean-up efforts.

Another cause of fatigue for many adults comes from the staff and volunteers of the many different government agencies and private voluntary organizations who are arriving to help – but all needing the same information and asking the same questions, repeatedly. To try to help address this, CWS Japan is working with a few other key partners to improve information management in the shelters, not only to streamline information-sharing for those seeking to help but also to let families know where they can get help to search for missing friends and relatives, how to access government compensation and support for rebuilding their homes and, for mothers and grandmothers, especially, where to find nursery and day care services, which are gradually opening.

For more information, please contact Takeshi Komino, Country Representative, CWS Japan telephone: 03-5577-4538; email: )

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HuMA and other partners of CWS Japan in front of trailer medical vehicle. 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.

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