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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.

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.

Ryan Shanley is a humanitarian photographer who recently visited several CWS programs in Asia. These blogs are parts of a series of reflections on her trip. Follow Ryan on Instagram @ShanleyStudio or through her website

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Imagine I have a bottle of water. There’s a plastic seal on the cap. I unwrap the plastic seal, twist off the cap and take a sip. You wouldn’t see anything wrong with that, the bottle of water is clean. Now, imagine I take a piece of hair and place it in a piece of exposed feces. I then place that hair in the bottle of water. The water doesn’t look any different, but you would be horrified if I drank it, correct? Well what if instead of a piece of hair it was a fly, a fly that lands on exposed feces and then landed on your food. You might not know it just landed in exposed feces, but your food is contaminated just the same.

This is the example Church World Service uses with communities to teach them about sanitation and hygiene (click to this video here to see one such demonstration in Vietnam). Read more

On my third day with the Church World Service team in Vietnam, we traveled into the northern Vietnamese hills to visit two schools and learn about the progress of the newly developed children’s interest groups. Read more

The children are educated in basic embroidery techniques so that they can assemble a small purse or seat cushion. Photo: Ryan Shanley

As we drove from the first sub hamlet to the second and then on to the third, we met a group of women. There were four of them and they were all carrying water containers. They walked from their village to an unprotected water well twice a day, once in the morning and once later in the afternoon. Read more

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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Biosand water filtration, one step at a time

CWS Vietnam | June 21, 2018

By Nguyen Van Ty and Ngo Quoc Dung. Recently, I (Ty) had a chance to visit Truong Quoc Hoan and his family in Nha May village in Quan Chu commune in northern Vietnam. As his parents’ first son, Hoan, who is 47, his wife and their two children live with his parents in a traditional […]

Twice Lucky: A Young Girl Grows Strong with CWS Support

CWS Myanmar |

Hnin Nanda Aung is a happy and healthy child, living in a small village in the Ayeyarwaddy River delta region. CWS got to know her during CWS-organized weight monitoring sessions that are part of nutrition education activities for mothers and other caregivers, and staff noticed how much she laughs and smiles while talking and playing […]

Crop Diversification for Better Family Diets … And to Cope with Climate Change

CWS Indonesia |

Maxi Taneseb and Fince Yane Baifeto live in a small village in West Timor with their three children. Because of their poverty and ambition to live better, the family joined CWS in Timor Zero Hunger activities in January 2017. With CWS support, they started to improve the way they grew vegetables and raised chickens, and […]

Gratitude and Shared Pride After a Decade of Partnership

CWS Cambodia | June 20, 2018

Phan Oeun is now 46 and has been a CWS partner for more than a decade from her home in northern Cambodia, where she lives with her husband, You Ron, 52, and their two grown children who were middle school age when the family first met CWS. Now Ron is a Village Livestock Agent and […]

A Message from the CWS Japan Board of Directors New Chair

CWS Japan |

It is more than seven years since CWS Japan reopened* after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Since 2011, the CWS Japan team, along with its partners, have tirelessly worked with different stakeholders to ensure best outputs from each and every initiative. CWS Japan has not only worked in response to the Tohoku and […]

A Hopeful Start for New Refugee Teachers

CWS Indonesia |

Recently about 100 unaccompanied and separated refugee children, both boys and girls, who live in three CWS-supported group homes in Jakarta started new classes in the group homes. It was an exciting time not only for the students, who were ending a two-week break and were eager to resume learning, but also for five new […]

School Awareness-raising Events Are Not Always for Children, But for Their Parents Too!

CWS Vietnam |

By Nguyen Thi Hai Yen and Ngo Quoc Dung. “It was a great event that our school had. So many student parents, both dads or moms, joined,… and even some grandparents, too. The feedback from them is also good, and it shows an increasing interest of the community on the issues, I think.” Luong Thi […]

This Was the First Opportunity I Have Ever Had Like This!

CWS Timor Leste |

Twentysomethings Clementina Pintu dos Santosher and Bernadus Lalus and their two young children live in a village high in the mountains above a nearby town that is not far, by distance, from Timor-Leste’s capital city, Dili. Yet, life is hard for the family: Bernadus works odd jobs a few dollars at a time, Clementina has […]

Getting Ready: Child Safeguarding School Network Conference to Be Held in Bangkok

CWS Thailand |

In Thailand the CWS child safeguarding team is working to support The Church of Christ in Thailand as it mobilizes its communities – schools, orphanages, churches and hospitals – to understand and embraces its 2016 Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct. Recently, the team surveyed young students about their feelings safety and, more broadly, their happiness […]

“I thought the training would be easy. But …”

CWS Myanmar |

To continue helping villages in Maubin Township in Southwest Myanmar, the CWS team once again worked with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (www.cawst.org) further strengthen sanitation in flood-prone villages where CWS has been partnering with families for several years to help them affordably improve sanitation in schools and at home. In a […]

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness and Response Teams in Tana Toraja

CWS Indonesia |

Henra Rante Allo is a 40-year-old member of the Disaster Preparedness Team (TAGANA is the Indonesian acronym) in Tana Toraja District of South Sulawesi – a team that was created by the Ministry of Social Affairs several years ago as part of a nationwide program designed to support community volunteers for disaster preparedness and response. […]

Now We Can Also Send Our Girls to School

CWS Cambodia |

Loy Koemsat is 42 and lives with his wife, Yong Chem, who is 40, and their two daughters in northwest Cambodia. Not too long ago Koemsat earned about 20,000 Riel ($5) a day for his labor when he could find work during planting and harvesting seasons and from collecting and selling crickets and grasshoppers in […]

Everybody Poops. And Everybody Should Have a Dignified Place To Do It.

Ryan Shanley | June 19, 2018

Imagine I have a bottle of water. There’s a plastic seal on the cap. I unwrap the plastic seal, twist off the cap and take a sip. You wouldn’t see anything wrong with that, the bottle of water is clean. Now, imagine I take a piece of hair and place it in a piece of […]

Keeping Traditional Culture Alive in Hmong Schools in Vietnam

Ryan Shanley | June 15, 2018

On my third day with the Church World Service team in Vietnam, we traveled into the northern Vietnamese hills to visit two schools and learn about the progress of the newly developed children’s interest groups. We arrived at Ta Mung Ethnic Minority Boarding Primary School first and were greeted by the school’s deputy Headmaster, Ms. […]

Finding Water

Ryan Shanley | June 1, 2018

I was on assignment for CWS in West Timor, Indonesia. The team and I had traveled a long way on our first day to visit a village and the surrounding sub hamlets. Our focus was the Timor Zero Hunger project and chicken vaccinations. When we were in the village we had to drive across a […]

Introduction: Connecting Small Communities To Humanity

Ryan Shanley | May 24, 2018

For my first assignment with Church World Service I was sent to West Timor, Indonesia to photograph their project, Timor Zero Hunger. TZH is a program implemented in various villages that helps community members achieve food security through sustainable farming practices and ultimately improves daily nutrition through vegetable growth and chicken raising. Achieving food security […]

     

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