CWS has worked in Asia and around the world for seven decades with one goal: helping build a world where there is enough for all.
We affirm the power of individuals and communities in creating their futures. We work to help people find solutions to the challenges and problems they face, and to seize the opportunities they have to – and build on – the change that comes from our partnership.
In Asia this means a poor rural family is able to start a home garden and raise chickens to ensure enough nutritious food, and a small income, for themselves. Or a community is able to have nearby access to clean, safe water for drinking, cooking, bathing and household chores. And unaccompanied and separated children seeking asylum are protected and sheltered and offered hope as well as safety.
At CWS we believe that there is enough food, water and justice for everyone in our world. Our aim and work is to build alliances among faith groups, civil society, advocates and communities and individuals needing support to secure their basic rights.
CWS in Asia
CWS first worked in Asia as a leader of humanitarian action to support the people of Japan at the end of World War II. As part of the Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia, CWS, together with many other organizations, facilitated delivery of about 200 shiploads of relief and recovery supplies that helped more than 14 million people survive the aftermath of the war. Over the past six decades as CWS has evolved in Japan, our engagement has remained strong.
Our work in Asia has expanded greatly since 1946 and it has changed in response to humanitarian and development needs.
Today in Southeast Asia, CWS focuses significantly on integrated community development for improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition and livelihood opportunities. Some country teams also lead programs to support community-based disaster risk reduction; others work for refugee protection and basic rights; for improving health care for marginalized people; for HIV/AIDS awareness-raising and prevention, and for advocacy for nuclear risk reduction and response preparedness.
Together, as a regional team, CWS stands ready to respond to natural and manmade disasters in partnership with members of the global ACT Alliance and local organizations, including churches.
In the broader Asia-Pacific region, CWS partners with many national and international non-government and government groups, including these:
Humanitarian Quality and Accountability
CWS is committed to globally recognized Sphere Project standards, and to keeping Core Humanitarian Standard commitments in our work. We also work with related initiatives and groups that seek to ensure quality and accountability in humanitarian action. In all emergency and crisis response activities in Asia, CWS follows core and technical minimum standards – which put the people we help in times of crisis or disaster at the center of our response.
Download the 2011 edition of The Sphere Project Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.