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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: t.komino@cwsjapan.org )

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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.

Congratulations to our colleagues from partner organizations, Global Network for Disaster Risk Reduction and YEU: YAKKUM Emergency Unit along with CWS Japan Country Representative, Takeshi Komino, who are active, along with our ACT Alliance Asia-Pacific colleague, James Munpa, with side events and special sessions at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

Photo (left to right): Rouf Mohammad Abdur, GNDR Asia-Pacific Regional Development Coordinator; Hepi Rahmawati, YEU Program Manager, and Baranee Tongboonrawd, GNDR, Asia-Pacific Regional Assistant with Takeshi, who is representing http://jcc-drr.net/en/ at the conference. 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.

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.
 

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