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Hope, resilience and innovation on the Thailand-Myanmar border

Leslie Wilson | November 7, 2016

For more than 20 years, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from Myanmar (Burma) have lived inside Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border – next to their country yet far from their homes . Last week, I visited one refugee camp that is home to about 6,000 people, mainly from the Karen ethnic group, who live […]

In search of the origin of LARA and CWS

Yukiko Maki | November 4, 2016

CWS Japan wouldn’t have been established if there had not been the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Actually, it was more like a fateful ‘comeback’ of CWS to Japan. CWS Japan did exist 70 years ago during the postwar period for the mission of LARA. The name LARA has gained renown nationwide due to […]

A sweet treat: pumpkin coconut custard

Isaree Khreusirikul | October 31, 2016

An age old question: is a pumpkin a vegetable or a fruit? When I was young, I thought pumpkin was a vegetable best served as a savory snack. However, pumpkin is also an excellent ingredient for a variety of delicious desserts! One famous Cambodian dessert is Pumpkin Coconut Custard, or as it is called in […]

CWS and Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea to collaborate on future disaster response

Leslie Wilson | October 26, 2016

In late September, CWS-CROP signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea – known as PROK – to facilitate cooperation and productive collaboration in preparing to respond, and when responding, to disasters, particularly in Asia. I was truly honored to join the PROK 2016 General Assembly in Seoul and […]

New home for Afghan and Somali unaccompanied children

Leslie Wilson | October 20, 2016

In Indonesia I joined the official opening of the 3rd of 5 group homes CWS organizes for unaccompanied and separated (refugee) children. The Jakarta neighborhood where we are renting the house for 40 Afghan and Somali boys has been quite welcoming, which is great for the boys who have left so much, including their families, […]

CWS supported the Kumamoto YMCA-managed evacuation centers

CWS Japan | October 15, 2016

Five months after the devastating 7.0 [Richter scale] magnitude earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan, the Kumamoto YMCA-managed evacuation center at Mashiki Gymnasium will close. As such it is the last of 18 centers originally opened to help evacuees from Mashiki-town, one of the hardest hit areas. Since there are still 200 people living there, and not […]

When short-term aid isn’t enough

CWS Myanmar | October 12, 2016

U Pauk Sa and Daw Hla are a married couple in their 60s who live in one of an endless number of flood-affected villages in southwest Myanmar. They live with their daughter and three granddaughters. U Pauk Sa cannot work because he is recovering from a stroke. Daw Hla weaves grass mats, which their daughter […]

Seeds, tools, training and initiative: a recipe for success!

CWS Cambodia | October 11, 2016

Chann Sim, who is 61, lives with his wife Ek Mon, who is 55, and their three children in Choam Ksant village in northern Cambodia. Sim owns one-third acre of land for the family’s house and home gardening and another 2.5 acres where Sim plans rice once each year, which is all that’s possible because […]

Our commitment to building confidence and self-reliance

Tauch Norneath, CWS Cambodia | September 19, 2016

Recently, I joined 33 of my CWS colleagues in Phnom Penh for a three-day educational workshop on disability. Our staff came from several provinces to learn how CWS can help reduce barriers in our program activities for people with disabilities. First, we reviewed the definition of disability, the physical and social barriers to community inclusion […]

Sustainable and fair access to water in northern Vietnam

CWS Vietnam | September 17, 2016

The remote village of Me Giong is in Ka Lang commune in Muong Te district in northern Vietnam. It is just six miles from the border with China. The village is made up of about 80 families, almost all of whom are of the Ha Nhi ethnic minority. The community’s water source is a gravity-fed […]

A dedicated woman. A stronger community.

CWS Cambodia | September 8, 2016

Saron Nith is 35 years old, and until recently she could not read or write. She lives in Robonh village in Cambodia, where she is part of a Village Development Committee and is an active health volunteer. She has mobilized the community to improve the condition of the community’s road, and she encourages families to […]

One Humanity

Michael Koeniger | August 19, 2016

On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the humanitarian aid workers who stand on the front lines of conflict and disaster, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to help those who need it most. One of these humanitarian aid workers is my colleague, Harun Tambing. Harun has been a team member and leader in many of the […]

World Humanitarian Day: behind the numbers

Takeshi Komino | August 16, 2016

By the time that the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan in 2011, I had been an international aid worker for years. I had been part of CWS emergency response efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand already. As a Japanese national, I was always “an expat” in my work. Generally, things had to […]

Three days in Tana Toraja

Michael Koeniger | August 15, 2016

Michael and the CWS team travel to the village of Randan Batu, which has experienced the devastation brought by landslides. Day 1 I am in Tana Toraja on South Sulawesi island in central Indonesia this week to meet with community and government partners. Together, we will be building on the Indonesian government’s Resilient Village initiative […]

Promoting Better Lives. Together.

Isaree Khreusirikul | July 25, 2016

Our team in Cambodia is continuing our integrated community development work in a new project called Promoting Better Lives. This will be a two-year project that will support 67 communities in Battambang and Preah Vihear provinces in central and northwest Cambodia. Though this project is not specifically designed as a disaster response project, it has already supported distribution […]

Collecting local seeds for reuse

CWS Cambodia | May 22, 2016

Recently, a dozen farmers in Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear provinces in central and northern Cambodia joined a four-day CWS-hosted workshop about climate resilient agriculture linked to markets, where they learned new techniques for growing organic vegetables, making organic fertilizer and pesticides, and identifying markets to help determine best selling prices. In group discussions participants […]

Small loan for villagers

CWS Cambodia | April 28, 2016

CWS has worked with the villagers in Krava commune in central Cambodia to start savings and lending groups; so far eight saving groups have been established and strengthened so affordable small loans are readily available to members. In Prey Roleap village, one committee member, Mr. Yem Sophat, notes that monthly group meetings are a forum […]

Breastfeeding improvement in Muong Te

CWS Vietnam | March 8, 2016

Po Thi Thanh, age 33, is from Thai ethnic group in Vietnam, and she works at the remote Muong Te district health center in northern Vietnam. Joining with CWS staff, Thanh usually organizes activities in remote villages to help raise people’s health awareness. Her focus on women in another ethnic group, the La Hu, is on healthy pregnancy, […]

Emergency aid for Myanmar flood survivors

Leslie Wilson | November 9, 2015

A largely silent, slowly growing disaster continues wreaking havoc on the lives and livelihoods of tens of thousands of poor rice farming families in the Irrawaddy River delta of far Southwest Myanmar (Burma). This is an area much of the world first knew of only because the massively destructive Cyclone Nargis, which made news headlines […]

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