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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.

Recently, CWS Associate Director for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Beth Frank, met with the Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct leadership team from The Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) to review indicators for verifying progress in scaling up proper use of the Code of Conduct, which Church leadership affirmed in 2016 for roll-out countrywide in all CCT institutions. To date, progress is slow but steady, and the Bangkok-based team (pictured with Beth, who is second from the right in the photo) is gaining momentum with strong support from the Child Safeguarding Committee, which is comprised of senior Church members and an outside child psychology expert from Chiang Mai University.

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.

In mid-May, CWS Vietnam Country Representative, Ngo Quoc Dung, joined CWS Japan colleagues for a technical training workshop in support of plans (funding permitting) to start a comprehensive disaster risk reduction project in Tuyen Quang, northern Vietnam, later this year. As an additional participant to the training, which was organized for MoFA-funded project partners from Afghanistan, Dung was awarded a course completion certificate and was pleased for the opportunity to gain insight into how to organize and manage a similar training workshop in Vietnam, should JICA funding be awarded.

Dung (2nd from the right) joins some of his fellow trainees at the workshop’s final session. Photo: CWS

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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All in the Family: Cambodia

CWS Cambodia | May 18, 2018

Proeung Touch is 61 years old and he lives with his much younger wife, Vann Chhorvy, who is only 45 years old, but unable to work outside their home because of a long-term illness, which costs the family a great deal of money for treatment besides. They have four children, ages eight to 21, and […]

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CWS Vietnam |

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer. Hoang Thi Nu is a little girl of the Thai ethnic group living in Muong Kim commune, where CWS partners with schools to improve student learning environments, including the library and the reading activities it promotes. Nu is in Grade 5, which is the last grade of primary […]

Indonesia’s Signature Initiative to End Hunger Expands to Timor-Leste

CWS Timor Leste |

Lebucaility and Gariana hamlets are located in Timor Leste’s mountains in a district whose central town is just 20 miles west – but decades behind – the country’s capital, Dili. Using dangerous dirt roads to reach their tiny enclaves, CWS staff have come to work with several hundred subsistence farming families who use traditional agricultural […]

“My name is Khaing Win Swe, and I am happy for a chance to tell you my story”

CWS Myanmar |

So begins the story of one 30-year-old women with whom CWS is proud to work in Myanmar. “I live with my husband, Ko Aung Win, and our two sons, Kaung Khant Aung, who is 10 years old and in Grade 4 and Aung Phone Khant, who is just 14 months old. During the dry season […]

“Already, I can see a change in the way … we view disasters and risks …”

CWS Indonesia |

Surianti Todingbua is a 39-year-old nurse in a sub-district Health Center on Sulawesi island in eastern Indonesia. She is also a member of the Indonesian Red Cross North Toraja District Branch and, for two years, has been active in the SOLIDARITAS initiative, which is led by a local CWS partner, INANTA. Since she lives in […]

“I am … happy to share my learning and tell about our achievements”

CWS Myanmar | May 17, 2018

“My name is Ma Khin San. I am a 36-year-old daily wage farm worker, and my husband, U Kyaw Naing Myint, is 38 and a wage worker, too. Together, we earn about 6,500 Kyat ($5) each day for about 15 days of work each month during the six-month dry season, which makes us very poor. […]

Lessons Learned

CWS Vietnam |

By Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, CWS Program Officer. Me Van Lap is a 30-year-old health worker at a small clinic in remote Than Uyen district, where CWS is partnering with local government workers so people have the chance to improve their personal health, family and environmental health and wellbeing. Though rather young, Lap has worked […]

All in the Family: Indonesia

CWS Indonesia |

Yosber Sae and Esther Kikhau are a fortysomething couple who live in a remote hamlet in far southeastern Indonesia on the island of Timor. They have three children: Riski Rivan Sae, 18; Raiden Sae, 8 and Ririn January Sae, 4. Before joining CWS-organized Timor Zero Hunger activities a few years ago, the family was raising […]

I Feel Very Safe Here … Healthy and Happy

CWS Indonesia |

As unlikely as it seems for a young man with a disability (Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita) that requires he walk with crutches Mohammad (not his real name) is a sports enthusiast who works out regularly at a gym near the CWS-organize group home where he lives in Jakarta along with 39 other teens. After inviting a […]

Not Quite Rags to Riches, But Close Enough!

CWS Cambodia |

Bun Ven, who is 44, lives with his wife, Heng Samoeut, who is 39, and their daughter in Tuek Kraham village in northern Cambodia. These days Ven earns a good living by rice farming and raising chickens with his family, and by helping other poor farmers work hard to improve their lives. However, when he […]

Japan’s Private Sector and CWS Team Up To Assess Disaster Risk Reduction Needs and Opportunities

CWS Japan |

While it is still quite rare for non-government organizations and private companies in Japan to partner on development projects, starting with baseline assessments of needs and opportunities, CWS Japan Board and senior staff believe that such partnerships, and joint assessments, can help ensure stronger programming by bringing together key strengths from NGOs and private companies. […]

Volunteer Teachers Work to Educate … and Inspire

CWS Indonesia | May 16, 2018

Education is one way to inspire hope among displaced and at-risk children, including those who are separated from their families as refugees and asylum seekers in foreign countries far from their homelands. Nowhere is this more evident than in Jakarta, Indonesia, where CWS staff see that there is a thirst for education among the multicultural […]

     

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