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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.

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.

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.

Latest News

Lombok Earthquake: Eight Days Later

Mathilde Hutagaol | August 21, 2018

“I live near the beach. I am too afraid to go back to my house right now – that’s why I stayed with my two sons here in the camp. My husband is a fisherman. He went fishing today but only caught 10 fish, which isn’t enough to be sold to buy milk for my […]

One Successful Endeavor Leads to Another and Another for One Myanmar Mother

CWS Myanmar |

Ma Than Dar is a 29-year-old mother with one daughter and, besides her full-time job being a mother and house keeper, she used to work as a day laborer outside her home village, Yae Le Gyi, in southwestern Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region. U Thet Naing, her 35-year-old husband works as fisherman and, in the past, they […]

A Good Place to Start!

CWS Timor-Leste |

Marcos Martins and his wife, Filomena do Santos, live in Maumetalau aldeia (hamlet) in rural north-central Timor-Leste with their two daughters, who are three and two years old. They are subsistence farmer like most families in their remote mountain village, and they are able to grow enough vegetables so that they can sell some in […]

Nothing Is Left. We Were Poor Already, and Now We Are Poor Again

CWS Vietnam | August 20, 2018

Coming to Lai Chau in mid-July about three weeks after flash floods and landslides there, CWS Emergency Response team members, despite their years of experience with helping poor people in their country, were surprised and moved to meet the families affected by a crushing natural disaster. The flash floods swept away almost all that families […]

Hard Work, Creativity and Persistence Rewarded in One Indonesian Family, Who Inspire Us All

CWS Indonesia |

Mada and Lazarus Selan and their two children live in Noemuke village on Timor island in far southeastern Indonesia. Like other families in their village, the Selansare farmers, laborers and micro-entrepreneurs who piece their livelihoods together in different ways depending on the farming seasons, which shape their lives. Lazarus harvests corn and vegetables: corn to […]

Testimony to CWS Commitment to Cambodia’s Rural Poor

CWS Cambodia |

Sok Yan, 46, lives with her husband, Or Sereivuth, 47, and four children ages 25, 16, 14 and 4 in Rung Roeung 3 village in northern Cambodia. When she met CWS team members in 2006, Yan earned a living by selling vegetables from her garden while Sereivuth was a welder, which did not pay a […]

LembangBau Will Be A “Disaster Prepared” Village!

CWS Indonesia | August 19, 2018

Oktovina Sari Andilolois a Village Disaster Preparedness Facilitator in LembangBau village in South Sulawesi; and she came to hold this important position when she first heard about a disaster resilience initiative called DREAM. “When I first heard about the DREAM project I was immediately interested. My neighbors and I talked about our experience with disasters […]

What I Learned: Someone Who Is ‘Different’ Is Not Necessarily ‘Bad’

CWS Indonesia |

In July, CWS partnered with Kampus Diakonia Modern, a local foundation that supports street children in Jakarta, to bring 33 unaccompanied and separated refugee children (UASC) together with 35 Indonesian children for two days of fun through sports, arts and crafts activities and cultural sharing and learning. Among many options, the Indonesian children wanted to […]

Ecumenical collaboration strengthened for the 2018 Western Japan Floods

CWS Japan |

In response to the worst weather disaster in Japan in more than three decades – one that has left 225 dead, many injured and ill, and other 4,000 still in evacuation centers, CWS Japan has provided its initial assistance through Japanese medical NGO, HuMA. Further, CWS is partnering with the YMCA to provide psychological care […]

A Grandmother and Village Health Volunteer Team Up to Help a Toddler Grow Strong and Healthy

CWS Cambodia |

Oeun E is the Village Health Volunteer of Sophy village in western Cambodia. E lives with his wife and their four children, ages 16 to 19, two of whom are in secondary school. Unfortunately, the other two dropped out of school and help the family earn money with farm work. Besides being committed to helping […]

Transitioning Project Leadership: HIV Awareness to Be Led by Government Partners in Timor-Leste

CWS Timor-Leste | August 18, 2018

In preparing to transition leadership for years of HIV education and treatment work to its national counterpart, CWS staff noted that epidemiological information about Timor-Leste defense forces (F-FDTL) personnel is limited to info-data from behavioral surveys done by the University of New South Wales and CWS in 2008 and 2011, respectively. So, before ending its […]

Facing the Complex Challenges of Poverty in Rural Cambodia: Hope Springs Eternal

CWS Cambodia | July 24, 2018

Nhep* and her husband Oeun* lead one of seven landless families in their village in western Cambodia – and being landless is only one of the challenges they face. Nhep and Oeun have five children ranging from three to 20 years old. One of their biggest challenges is the fact that Nhep, Oeun and their […]


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