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CWS Joins Jakarta World Refugee Day Celebrations!

Last Thursday (June 20th) in Jakarta, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) invited their partners to enliven the celebration hall where formal activities were held. CWS was unique in deciding to invite the refugee children and teens in our care to host exhibitions of there are – including drawings and henna painting! CWS team members were proud to note that our young people’s exhibits were the ones most visited among all the displays in the hall!

Better Together. Photo: CWS

Unaccompanied Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Youth Celebrate Their Talents on World Refugee Day!

Laila is an Afghan refugee now under CWS protection in a group home for girls and women in Jakarta, which the Australian government funds. Because of World Refugee Day, we now know that she does not just paint and draw; she also markets! Here she is talking about her work with a potential buyer who asked about her painting – which he then bought. Well done, Laila!

The UNHCR allocated a space for refugee youth and children who are in CWS care and protection to exhibit their drawings, which are the inspirational results of one therapeutic activity offered in group homes to help children to express themselves about their life experiences so far and their hopes for better futures. Several onlookers observe painting while two artists from CWS Group Homes, Mustafa and Taman put finishing touches on their on-the-spot drawing corner.

A fifth group home exclusively for girls and young women opened (in Indonesia). 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.

Nirwana (in Indonesia) and some of her vegetables. Photo: CWS

Ma Ei Chaw (in Myanmar) and her prized sow. Photo: CWS

Mrs. Sak (in Cambodia) is happy to have safe water to drink. Photo: CWS

Stofan (in Indonesia) and his youngest son stand outside of their T-shelter. Photo: CWS

In Vietnam, CWS staff and visitors sharing and learning about improved stoves. Photo: CWS

Victor (in Timor-Leste) works with a family to set up their tomato plants. Photo: CWS

Sopheap (in Cambodia) caring for her latrine. Photo: CWS

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