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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 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, hands-on education and 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.

In Southeast Asia, CWS Continues Partnering in Both Old and New Ways

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, CWS program teams are busy working with civil society partners, local government colleagues, communities and families. In Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects continue with added info-sharing about how the novel corona virus spreads. And, vitally, information is shared about ways to prevent infection. All livelihood initiatives, including support for climate adapted home gardening and animal raising continue too. Some skills training programs, including sewing and masonry, have slowed down because class sizes are limited by social distancing. But, they do continue.

The situation in Myanmar, as CWS Country Representative Marvin Pannell describes in the video below is similar to the situation in the other countries where we are fortunate to continue our work to help ensure that there is enough for all – especially in these challenging times. As Marvin says, we are grateful for CWS CROP Hunger Walk and other donors, who make our work possible.

                CWS Update: COVID-19 in Myanmar

                A coronavirus response update from our team in Myanmar. Our water and vocational training programs are as important as ever during this pandemic:

                Posted by CWS on Monday, May 18, 2020

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