Building a world where there is enough for all

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“In 2020, Japan may be far advanced in its disaster risk reduction, mitigation and management capacity. But this is due in no small part to the sacrifice of so many lives that were lost along the way. So, on this very day when more than 6,400 people lost their lives 25 years ago, I would like to pay my sincerest respect to those who are constantly reminding us of lessons we learn, so that the next generation can live in a world that is now safer from natural disasters.”

A reflection from our Japan Country Representative, Takeshi Komino, on the anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. Read more

Preserved rubble from the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 at Earthquake Memorial Park in Kobe Japan.

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.

Recently, Vietnam and Japan CWS Country Representatives, Ngo Quoc Dung and Takeshi Komino, were honored to meet in Da Nang, Vietnam to celebrate Japanese—Vietnamese development cooperation. Dignitaries present were the Prime Minister of Vietnam, the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam and the Secretary General Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Parliamentarians from both countries were also present along with provincial representatives from across Vietnam. Luong Minh Chinh, who is the Deputy Director of the Tuyen Quang Provincial Department of Foreign Affairs was on hand to celebrate a newly agreed CWS Japan—Vietnam disaster risk reduction partnership project. He is front and center in the photo with Dung (far left) and Takeshi, who is holding the agreement document with him.

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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