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Public School Access for Refugee Children in Jakarta

Most refugee and asylum-seeking children in Indonesia are left out of the nation’s formal education system. In partnership with UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief, we’re working to change this. As a first step, we’re hosting information sessions for parents (pictured) and enrolling children in Indonesian language classes. When the students officially join public […]

Today I have 11 eggs!

Cam Thi Thao is a Thai woman from Doi 9 village in remote Phuc Than commune in northern Vietnam. For their daily sustenance, Thao’s five-member family relies on her husband’s family land to grow rice. But the yield is not enough to support the family, which includes two growing children and Thao’s mother-in-law. To feed […]

Hope for a new chicken farmer in Myanmar

Daw Aye May, a 56-year-old widow, used to make a living selling herbs in an open-air market. That was before Covid-19 public health restrictions curtailed public gatherings at large markets and travel beyond township borders. In the village of Sar Phyu Su, 40 miles north of Yangon, Myanmar, salaried job opportunities are limited. And when […]

Complex Crises Compounded by COVID-19

When disasters hit communities in Asia, CWS staff are often on the front line to help people. As needed, CWS responds to families affected by floods, earthquakes and drought. Increasingly, CWS staff compile and share lessons learned from government and civil society disaster response. The focus of CWS analysis, like CWS responses, is largely on […]

CWS Stands Ready to Respond to Serial Disasters Across Indonesia

Tragically, Indonesia has been hit in recent days with a series of devastating natural disasters. There is not yet a call for CWS staff to join government-led response activities. But we are monitoring the situation and are ready to help in partnership with ACT Indonesia Forum member. As of Sunday evening, January 17th, the death […]

Hope In the Midst of Loss and Struggle

With funding from Later-Day Saint Charities’ 2020 holiday Giving Machines, CWS and Cambodian partners have been able to work with some of Cambodia’s most acutely vulnerable subsistence farmers this year. These are families who own tiny land plots at best. Many have no land at all. In the remote rural areas where CWS works, all […]

Refugee and Asylum-seeking Children Give Thanks for CWS Support

A very difficult year, 2020, is drawing to a close. And, despite the heartache of being separated from their families, and the added threats posed by COVID-19, a group of children and teens who live in Church World Service care in Jakarta, Indonesia, took time to thank one of our generous friends for his support […]

A village achieves Open Defecation Free status in Vietnam

“Just last year, there were only about 20 families using sanitary latrines. As the head of the village, I wanted to encourage other families to do so as well, but it was hard, and I did not know how to do it efficiently. When I heard that CWS would work with villages in the commune, […]

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