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CWS Partner, The Church of Christ in Thailand, Leads the Way for Child Safe Places Nationwide

Recently, Church District 5 of The Church of Christ (CCT) in Thailand Foundation was the first Church District in all of Thailand to formally approve a Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct. Their document is based on the 2016 Code of Conduct approved by the CCT Executive Committee, and it will be used in all District 5 church communities. Since 2015, a six-member team, who work for both Church World Service (CWS) and the CCT, have led an initiative for all CCT schools, churches and hospitals to be known as “child safe” places. Pastor Thirakit, who serves on both the Church’s national and District 5 child safeguarding committees was instrumental in championing the Code of Conduct through his church district’s Executive Committee. He is an inspiration to the CWS-CCT child safeguarding team, and he is a role model for all CCT leaders!

CWS-CCT Child Safeguarding team with the CCT District Five team. Pastor Thirakit is at the top right in the photo. 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 President and CEO Rev. John L. McCullough visits families in West Timor, Indonesia

While recently visiting Timor Zero Hunger project activities, including technical support for improved vegetable farming and women’s savings and loans groups, McCullough (third from right, standing, in the photo) met with members of the Bauk Usif B weaving group in Enonabuasa village in south central West Timor. He was joined by CWS Cambodia program colleagues Ek Sothea and Kim Nimol, who work on similar issues with families in rural Cambodia. They were hosted by Vincent Surma (standing first on the left in the photo), who is CWS Program Manager in West Timor, and other members of the CWS Indonesia team. Photo: CWS

Our vision is a world where all have food, voice and a safe place to call home

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.

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