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Church World Service (CWS) is a faith-based organization working to help communities around the world transform through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

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.

With the support of Japan’s Felissimo company, a beneficiary building latrine by himself. Photo: CWS

Latest News

Flood Recovery Brings Lasting Improvements for 85 Myanmar Families

CWS Myanmar | August 18, 2017

Some basic rebuilding in communities that were flooded last July in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region has improved the lives of 85 families in 2 villages of Maubin township, which is due West of Yangon. With the support of Japan’s Felissimo company, 10 families now have safer and more secure houses to live in because basic tin […]

After A Long Wait, Safe Water Is at Hand

CWS Indonesia |

In 2012 a landslide damaged a community well in Noemuke village in West Timor, forcing people to get their water from a river more than ½ mile away from the village. The river is used for washing clothes and bathing, but also for defecating, so it is harmful to everyone’s health, especially children’s. Five years […]

Partners for Life and Better Living

CWS Cambodia |

Hong Khoeun, age 55, and her husband Sim Kheang, age 60, live in Kam Prak village in northern Cambodia. They have a daughter Chrang in Grade 7 at a secondary school in a village that is about 20 kilometers from them, where she lives in a dormitory during the school week. In 2012, CWS began […]

“The project has helped our school a lot!”

CWS Vietnam |

By NQ Dung Vietnam Country Representative This is what I usually hear during my visits to schools where CWS works in one of the most difficult areas of Vietnam – its Northwest region. And, yes, it is true that it is very difficult to keep children in school in this mountainous area where many different […]

A Young Soldier’s New Skills Help Him Share His Knowledge

CWS Timor Leste |

Sergeant Sipriano Maia is among the first of a new generation of the Timor Leste defense forces’ (F-FDTL) HIV education and prevention activities facilitators. He joined the military in 2009 and has attended many health information sessions through the years. Based on his strong knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) causes, prevention […]

Sphere Handbook Revisions Continue

CWS Japan | August 17, 2017

The Sphere handbook is vital to ensuring quality and accountability to those affected by disasters, and it is one of the most widely used tools in the humanitarian sector. Now in the middle of a year-long revision process with CWS Japan’s Country Representative, Takeshi Komino serving as chapter lead for the Core Humanitarian Standards section, […]

A Precious Gift for Ma The Phyu

CWS Myanmar |

Forty-year-old U Tun Naing is married to Ma Aye Htay, who is 37, and they live with their seven children, who are 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 6 and 3 years old – in an unusually large family for Myanmar. The children who are 14, 12 and 6 are in school while their older siblings […]

It Takes a Village Health Worker … and Team Work

CWS Vietnam |

By NQ Dung Vietnam Country Representative I always feel good each time I return to Vang San village: not only because the village is so clean as a result of CWS environmental sanitation partnering, but also because of the man friendly people here, including Hieng. Hieng, 47, is from the Thai ethnic group and looks […]

Taking Stock of Disaster Management Success to Date

CWS Indonesia |

In July, a mid-term evaluation of the SOLIDARITAS project in South Sulawesi Province was done to assess CWS and local NGO partner, INANTA, success in helping the Pamgkung Batu become a disaster resilient village. “Initially the community did not have much knowledge about disaster preparedness and mitigation. [Even though they experience floods and landslides often.] […]

Enjoyment and Satisfaction in Being a Change Agent

CWS Cambodia |

CWS first met Chantha in January 2017 when he became a Community WASH Focal Persons for his village, Rung Chrey, in northwest Cambodia. Through CWS partner, Rural Development Association, Chantha joined with CWS Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Training Resource Center trainers to learn the basics about WASH promotion, including working to develop the skills […]

Celebrating Diversity and Harmony Alike

CWS Indonesia |

In a first-ever partnership for World Refugee Day, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration joined the CWS PURE team and the UNHCR to co-host a two-day celebration for refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta. Activities were as diverse as a discussion of a Presidential Regulation that reaffirms the Indonesian government’s commitment to protect asylum seekers and […]

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