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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.

On a rainy Jakarta afternoon Mohammad* and Ahmad* (*not their real names), who are asylum-seeking teens from Darfur, Sudan, are sitting on the balcony of their CWS-hosted group home passing the time by drawing in their sketch books. Ahmad is a very talented sketch artist and he is teaching Mohammad. They both have lived in Indonesia for more than a year, having escaped violence in their home country. Read more

One of Ahmad’s drawings. 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.

With a small grant of $30 for startup [supported by CWS] now Sokhean’s profits are almost $9 a day and she can save as much $750 annually now. Thinking about her success, Sokhean said, “I knew how to make these desserts, but I didn’t have the confidence to make them for a business because I thought, ‘I am really poor and people will not buy from me.’ But with learning from CWS-organized workshops, and with their support to build my confidence, I [proved myself wrong!]. My family now has enough to eat, I can send my sons to school and even manage to have some savings [to invest in more improvements to our house and business]”. Read more

Sokhean proudly sharing with us her success in her dessert business. Photo: CWS

Latest News

Team Work for Clean Water in Na Dinh!

CWS Vietnam | February 19, 2018

by Tran Van Thang, CWS Field Officer, Than Uyen district Na Dinh is a remote mountain village with a small satellite kindergarten where 50 very young children spend their whole day – learning, having meals and playing while their parents are working. Some time back, I met with Teacher Ha Thi Thao, who is from […]

Teamwork Supports Expanding Timor Zero Hunger

CWS Timor Leste |

“I am so happy that we had an opportunity to visited Soe and see Timor Zero Hunger activities and impact in communities,” is how Timor-Leste Program Manager Odete Peloy began her report on the Timor-Leste team’s trip to West Timor. Then she continued, “After a briefing from the project team on the first day, we […]

Community-based and led Disaster Risk Reduction Redux

CWS Myanmar | February 18, 2018

Since 2015 CWS has joined with many partners, including AmeriCares, the Pathein YMCA and villages in Southwest Myanmar to strengthen Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction with basic readiness training and with small mitigation projects too. This work followed naturally from years of recovery and resilience work following 2008’s historic cyclone, Nargis, which devastated the Ayeyarwaddy Region. […]

A Place To Live, Learn, And Play

CWS Indonesia |

On a rainy Jakarta afternoon Mohammad* and Ahmad* (*not their real names), who are asylum-seeking teens from Darfur, Sudan, are sitting on the balcony of their CWS-hosted group home passing the time by drawing in their sketch books. Ahmad is a very talented sketch artist and he is teaching Mohammad. They both have lived in […]

A Little Help from Our Friends

CWS Cambodia |

Pann Srey Touch, 23, lives with her husband, Doeun Tith, 25, and their two-year-old daughter in Teuk Kraham village in northern Cambodia. They are farmers with a small land plot where they grow rice, cassava, eggplant, citronella and basil. They sell the cassava locally for about $450 per season, and the other crops they keep […]

A New Understanding of What It Means to Be Truly Child-friend

CWS Vietnam |

by Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, CWS Program Officer for Education Inspired by joining a CWS-led workshop about child-friendly libraries, Le Thi Kim Lan, from the Than Uyen district Education Department, shared her thoughts when we met again after some time: “You know, Yen, we teachers used to share ideas about child-friendly libraries during summer vacation […]

Reaching Out to Young People to Promote Good Health

CWS Timor Leste |

Recently, the CWS Timor-Leste team took time to reach beyond their national defense forces, on whom they usually focus, to share information about HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health with 16 girls and 15 boys at a youth center in Comoro, a neighborhood in Dili. One participant, 17-year-old high school student Feliza Hau, […]

CWS Actively Join The Sphere Handbook 2018 Revision

CWS Japan |

As lead Core Humanitarian Standards chapter author for the 2018 revision of The Sphere Project Handbook , Takeshi Komino, CWS Japan Country Representative, joined other chapter leads in Geneva to discuss chapter cross-referencing and then final design and editing. The new handbook – which our Indonesia colleague, Dino Satria has dubbed our humanitarian bible, and […]

CWS Joins an Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition in Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | February 17, 2018

CWS had joined the 67-member Scaling-Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance, at the Myanmar national and Ayeyarwaddy regional levels as one of 14 international NGO members. The SUN-CSA goal is to eliminate all forms of malnutrition; and, invoking the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition, the alliance unites civil society organizations […]

Farmer Groups Support Women’s Empowerment

CWS Indonesia |

As part of the Timor Zero Hunger project and with help from local extension workers from their district Department of Agriculture and Food Security, 12 women from Eonfetnai hamlet of Enonabuasa village got together recently to form the Tunas Muda women farmers group. “What motivated us to establish this group was a desire to be […]

Meeting Sokhean … Seven Years On

CWS Cambodia |

CWS household partner, Veth Sokhean, is one of a surprisingly high 65% of women who run Cambodian businesses – many small and informal. She lives in Choam Ksant village in northern Cambodian with her husband Lum Loep, 33, and their three sons ages 13, 9 and 4. Loep is a wage laborer with low income […]

Exploring Alternatives to Detention for Unaccompanied and Separated Refugee Children

CWS Indonesia | February 16, 2018

In support of the 200+ asylum-seeking and refugee children CWS hosts in Jakarta, PURE Program Manager Andi Juanda recently joined an EU-funded / UNHCR-organized Alternatives to Detention Learning Program, which convened program experts from the UNHCR and a variety of organizations involved in campaigning and advocating for alternatives to detention for children; and, like CWS, […]

A Village Midwife Expands Her Role

CWS Indonesia | February 15, 2018

Marsya Karangan is the midwife in Likulambe village in the remote north of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. At age 33 she is also Likulambe’s Disaster Risk Reduction Forum Health Unit Coordinator, which is a big responsibility for a young woman. Being active in the Forum has given Marsya the opportunity to learn many new things – […]

     

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