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Sphere info-sharing workshop has inspired me!

CWS Vietnam | March 28, 2019

By Do Van Khai, Muong Te District Red Cross Chapter. In mid-March 2019, a workshop about Sphere project minimum standards for humanitarian response was hosted by Vietnam’s NGO Disaster Management working group (DMWG), its Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center (DMPTC) and the CWS team in Hanoi. The aim of the gathering was helping participants […]

Learning what “water is life” REALLY means in Central Sulawesi

Josephine Oguta | March 22, 2019

“Water is life.” It’s a common saying in the humanitarian community, and you’ve probably heard it before. I certainly have. But even after a long career in community development and emergency response organizations, I didn’t really understand what it meant. Not until I visited Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, earlier this month. Central Sulawesi was hit by […]

Reflections on a trip to Vietnam

Paul Chan | January 25, 2019

Paul Chan is a member of the CWS board of Directors. He led a trip for high school students to visit CWS programs in Vietnam in January 2019. Below are some excerpts from the trip updates that he sent to the students’ parents. Tuesday, January 8 Today was a whirlwind tour. We started with a […]

From Construction Worker to Passionate Community Development Professional

CWS Cambodia | December 27, 2018

Seng Sarin, who is 29 years old, is a Project Officer with CWS partner, Rural Development Association. He works in Battambang province in western Cambodia, having started working with RDA as a volunteer in 2009 and becoming a full-time program staff member in 2011. Since then Sarin has devoted his time and talents to many […]

“I am happy to say that many people were inspired and motivated to have sanitary latrines.”

Tran Van Thang - CWS Vietnam | December 26, 2018

Recently, I had a chance to spend some time with Bong Thi Chieu, who is 38 and a member of the Thai ethnic minority group in northern Vietnam. She lives with her family in Na Dan 2 village, and we met during my monitoring visit to see how she and her neighbors are doing in […]

“Joining the ACT General Assembly was an honor for me.”

Yukiko Maki - CWS Japan | December 25, 2018

This year’s ACT Alliance General Assembly brought together 379 people from member churches and organizations from around the world, and I was honored to be there with Maurice Bloem and Josephine Oguta from CWS. One thing that impressed me the most, beyond the numbers and nationalities, was the diversity of churches/denominations – and their distinctive […]

CWS Asia learning exchange: spotlight on Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Ek Sothea - CWS Cambodia | December 14, 2018

This blog is the last in a four-part series focusing on CWS water, sanitation and hygiene programs in each of four Asian countries where we work. This one focuses on Indonesia and Timor-Leste. It’s important to know that the acronym WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Access to safe water is a rising concern […]

CWS Asia learning exchange: spotlight on Vietnam

Ek Sothea - CWS Cambodia |

This blog is the third in a four-part series focusing on CWS water, sanitation and hygiene programs in each of four Asian countries where we work. This one focuses on Vietnam. It’s important to know that the acronym WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. CWS teams from across Asia gathered in Cambodia last week […]

CWS Asia learning exchange: spotlight on Myanmar

Ek Sothea - CWS Cambodia |

This blog is the second in a four-part series focusing on CWS water, sanitation and hygiene programs in each of four Asian countries where we work. This one focuses on Myanmar. It’s important to know that the acronym WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. In talking with my colleagues from around southeast Asia at […]

CWS Asia learning exchange: spotlight on Cambodia

Ek Sothea - CWS Cambodia |

This blog is the first in a four-part series focusing on CWS water, sanitation and hygiene programs in each of four Asian countries where we work. This one focuses on Cambodia. It’s important to know that the acronym WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. CWS teams from across Asia gathered in Siem Reap, Cambodia […]

Active and Interactive Teaching Makes Learning Easy

Nguyen Thi Hai Yen - CWS Vietnam | November 27, 2018

Hue is a young teacher at Trung Ha lower secondary boarding school, where about 300 ethnic minority students study – and live 80% of their lives together during the school year. As Hue’s students are teenagers who are changing, physically and emotionally, as they approach young adulthood, she and other of the school’s teachers are […]

Sharing Xuyen’s Happiness as My Own!

CWS Vietnam | October 22, 2018

By Pham Cong Tuan, CWS Project Officer. I met Mr. Xuyen while he was working in a rice field close to his house during my recent visit to Hung My commune. With a bright smile, Xuyen insisted that I drop by his home as he wanted to show me the biogas* tank that the family […]

Villagers in Ayerwaddy Delta Are Their Own Strongest Asset

Yukiko Maki - CWS Japan | September 20, 2018

With the thatched-roof houses built on stilts over often-flooded land, small shops lining the river embankment and pigs lying around in household gardens, the villages in Ayerwaddy River delta seemed unreal – like a fairy tale, but not an always lovely one – to me. Though I have lived and worked in many rural villages […]

Lombok Earthquake: Eight Days Later

Mathilde Hutagaol | August 21, 2018

“I live near the beach. I am too afraid to go back to my house right now – that’s why I stayed with my two sons here in the camp. My husband is a fisherman. He went fishing today but only caught 10 fish, which isn’t enough to be sold to buy milk for my […]

One Child’s Effort to Raise Awareness About Child Marriage Inspires Us

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer | July 23, 2018

I had a chance recently to meet with a young girl student when I visited the Muong Kim junior secondary school #1, who surprised me during a school awareness-raising event where she used a picture to support her talk to other students. Showing a drawing, she explained, “My drawing show a young girl in her […]

Biosand water filtration, one step at a time

CWS Vietnam | June 21, 2018

By Nguyen Van Ty and Ngo Quoc Dung. Recently, I (Ty) had a chance to visit Truong Quoc Hoan and his family in Nha May village in Quan Chu commune in northern Vietnam. As his parents’ first son, Hoan, who is 47, his wife and their two children live with his parents in a traditional […]

Everybody Poops. And Everybody Should Have a Dignified Place To Do It.

Ryan Shanley | June 19, 2018

Imagine I have a bottle of water. There’s a plastic seal on the cap. I unwrap the plastic seal, twist off the cap and take a sip. You wouldn’t see anything wrong with that, the bottle of water is clean. Now, imagine I take a piece of hair and place it in a piece of […]

Keeping Traditional Culture Alive in Hmong Schools in Vietnam

Ryan Shanley | June 15, 2018

On my third day with the Church World Service team in Vietnam, we traveled into the northern Vietnamese hills to visit two schools and learn about the progress of the newly developed children’s interest groups. We arrived at Ta Mung Ethnic Minority Boarding Primary School first and were greeted by the school’s deputy Headmaster, Ms. […]

Finding Water

Ryan Shanley | June 1, 2018

I was on assignment for CWS in West Timor, Indonesia. The team and I had traveled a long way on our first day to visit a village and the surrounding sub hamlets. Our focus was the Timor Zero Hunger project and chicken vaccinations. When we were in the village we had to drive across a […]

Introduction: Connecting Small Communities To Humanity

Ryan Shanley | May 24, 2018

For my first assignment with Church World Service I was sent to West Timor, Indonesia to photograph their project, Timor Zero Hunger. TZH is a program implemented in various villages that helps community members achieve food security through sustainable farming practices and ultimately improves daily nutrition through vegetable growth and chicken raising. Achieving food security […]

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