Recently, two CWS team members, Ek Sothea from Cambodia and Boba Juanda from Indonesia, joined a workshop to increase their understanding of the Building a Better Response project, which aims to strengthen humanitarian workers ability to engage effectively within the international humanitarian coordination system, especially for large, complex emergencies. The BBR project’s main goal is to improve coordination and response to affected populations. Funded by the US Agency for International Development, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, the project is implemented through a consortium that brings together operational and technical expertise, and it is led by International Medical Corps, Concern Worldwide and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Before joining the workshop both Sothea and Boba completed the BBR e-learning course, which gave them, a solid foundation – alongside their own experience in responding to disasters in their countries – from which to accelerate their learning.
March 11th to 13th the CWS Vietnam team in proud and energized in joining a Sphere standards workshop that they took the lead in organizing for the humanitarian response community in Vietnam. In considering the week, CWS Emergency Response Focal Point, Mai Thi Quynh Giao shares these thoughts, “The gathering to update ourselves on the 2018 edition of the Sphere handbook is well under way in Hanoi, and all participants are especially glad that we are using our national language for all workshop sessions. Using Vietnamese makes the workshop more useful to most of us, especially our colleagues who have not heard much about or used the Sphere standards before. Read more
Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update: CWS has received and distributed 2,100 tarps, 1,911 blankets, 1,148 sleeping mats from USAID in Sigi and Donggala districts; 4,373 jerry cans, 2,760 mosquito nets, 6,000 sleeping mats, 5,671 solar lamps and 195 family tents from UNHCR in Sigi and Donggala districts. Read more…
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.
CWS Vietnam | March 7, 2019
In early January our CWS team in Vietnam hosted CWS Board of Directors member, Dr. Paul Chan, and 11 Kansas City Pembroke High School students and their teacher Mr. Samuel Knopik, for a service-learning opportunity of a lifetime. The trip succeeded beyond Paul’s and Sam’s wildest dreams for the students, who all agreed that the […]
CWS Indonesia |
16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a fundamental violation of human rights. The campaign runs annually from November 25th, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to December 10th, which is international Human Rights Day. In November 2018, to include and educate […]
CWS Timor-Leste |
Paulinho Martinez, like most of his neighbors in Gariana, makes a living from the land by farming and raising animals. For the past year, Paulinho and CWS have been working together to help families within his community to work smarter in order to improve the quality of their lives. In talking to CWS team members […]
CWS Cambodia |
Chum Khoeun, who is 55, live with his wife Neang Nim, 59, and their three children in Boeng Popoul village in Battambang province, western Cambodia. His family’s main income is from the rice they grow on their 3 hectare (7-acre) farm. However, the lack of water means the family can never plant and harvest enough […]
CWS Indonesia |
Thirty-five-year-old Yuniarti A. Nabuasa – Ani, for short – is a community health volunteer, farmer and entrepreneur in Oebaki, where she lives with her husband and three children. A number of years ago, Ani started selling pisang goreng, which is a popular Indonesia snack similar to American banana fritters. In fact, these fritters are so […]
CWS Myanmar | March 6, 2019
In working in hard-to-reach areas of Myanmar’s Ayeyawaddy River delta region, where many disaster risks from seasonal flooding, riverbank erosion and cyclones affect many vulnerable families, CWS works to help these families, their community leaders and the local government, building both resilience and response capacity. In the past year, in the face of continuing out-migration […]
CWS Indonesia |
A look into the lives of those affected by the 7.4 M earthquake in Palu, Indonesia shows glimpses of grief, to be sure; but there are also snapshots of resilience, too. Among the central Sulawesi earthquake survivors, particularly women and girls, most have increased responsibilities and more hard work than before to ensure their families […]
CWS Indonesia |
In villages throughout rural Indonesia, starting and maintain a family business, even if it’s a small or micro one, is a challenge. One reason for this is that loans for start-up or expansion, come at quite a hefty cost. In talking to CWS staff about her benefits from joining neighbors and friends in the DREAM […]
CWS Japan |
In continuing partnership with the YMCA, CWS is still working with families in Mabi who were affected by devastating floods in western Japan last summer. Recently, another camp outing was held for about 50 children from a number of struggling families. The camp was a time of respite from the continuing uncertainty of the recovery […]