CWS Asia


Child Protection and Safeguarding

Children enjoy reading books in Lang Chanh, Vietnam. Photo: CWS

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New water filter for a kindergarten in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam. Photo: CWS

Students from a CCT school take part in a workshop on child protection and internet safety

Students from a CCT school (Thailand) take part in a workshop on child protection and internet safety. Photo: CWS

In all CWS projects across Southeast Asia – integrated rural community development, especially WASH and nutrition as well as disaster risk reduction and mitigation – are designed and implemented with a focus on children’s best interests, rights and needs.

In Indonesia, CWS supports an initiative to protect children who are in Jakarta as asylum seekers and refugees. In addition to support for young children seeking refuge along with their families, CWS has a strong shelter and protection project for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, mostly young teenagers, who find their way to Jakarta on their own. About 200 such children live in five group homes (shelters) in several Jakarta neighborhoods, and they are supported to have the basics for safe daily living by CWS and a number of other groups, including local police. In addition, these children have educational opportunities, recreational activities and access to psychosocial and healthcare services.

CWS supports the Church of Christ in Thailand’s Office of Child Protection as The Church continues promoting a positive, proactive Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding for all its members: churches, schools, orphanages, universities and hospitals. The aim is to have a fully ‘child safe’ organization.

The NEW IDEA project in Vietnam has a particular focus on child protection awareness-raising because of the potential harm that the ethnic minority communities with which we work face regard child trafficking.

Countries: Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam

Latest News

Students Enrich and Enliven Their Library to Encourage More Reading

CWS Vietnam | May 18, 2018

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer. Hoang Thi Nu is a little girl of the Thai ethnic group living in Muong Kim commune, where CWS partners with schools to improve student learning environments, including the library and the reading activities it promotes. Nu is in Grade 5, which is the last grade of primary […]

Volunteer Teachers Work to Educate … and Inspire

CWS Indonesia | May 16, 2018

Education is one way to inspire hope among displaced and at-risk children, including those who are separated from their families as refugees and asylum seekers in foreign countries far from their homelands. Nowhere is this more evident than in Jakarta, Indonesia, where CWS staff see that there is a thirst for education among the multicultural […]

The Reason We Are Here in the First Place

CWS Indonesia | April 17, 2018

For unaccompanied refugee children living in CWS-hosted group homes in Jakarta, Indonesia, soccer means something different than in many places. Played most by boys seeking asylum and safety from war-torn countries around the world, soccer represents a real kind of freedom – if only momentary freedom from worry and fear about the future. While all […]

“Smoke No Longer Gets in My Eyes”

CWS Vietnam |

By Nguyen Van Ty, CWS Program Officer, and Leslie Wilson, Asia Regional Director. Like many other schools in rural mountainous areas in Vietnam, the very remote Ta Mung kindergarten has an even more remote satellite school in Lun village where, amazingly, almost 100 pre-school children aged 3- to 6-years old come to learn and play […]

Children Are Key to a Healthy Thai Church

CWS Thailand | April 16, 2018

Speaking to hundreds of Church of Christ in Thailand pastors about “how to grow a healthy church”, General Secretary Elder Surapong Mitrakul chose to highlight the importance of children by focusing on some who attend Church-sponsored schools. The CWS-supported Child Safeguarding Team was gratified to see that the General Secretary used information and data they […]

Proud Parents and Student Enrichment Activities: A Source of Pride for Our Vietnam Country Rep.

Ngo Quoc Dung - CWS Vietnam | March 15, 2018

“It took me an hour to walk here, but I’m happy. I usually visit the school every two weeks.” – Giang Thi Seo, H’Mong woman. I met with Giang Thi Seo during my recent visit to a school in Ta Mung commune, where CWS is partnering with local government workers to improve education in this […]

A New Understanding of What It Means to Be Truly Child-friend

CWS Vietnam | February 18, 2018

by Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, CWS Program Officer for Education Inspired by joining a CWS-led workshop about child-friendly libraries, Le Thi Kim Lan, from the Than Uyen district Education Department, shared her thoughts when we met again after some time: “You know, Yen, we teachers used to share ideas about child-friendly libraries during summer vacation […]

Continuing Education and Practical Training Inspires Teachers in Vietnam

CWS Vietnam | December 18, 2017

“It was such a meaningful and interesting teacher training session!” “We have never, ever had a good training course like this!” “I didn’t even mind that it was on the weekend outside work time!” These are just a few answers from the teachers who were asked about a recent First Aid skills hosted by the […]

CWS Hosted a Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding Information-Sharing Session

CWS Thailand | November 8, 2017

Recently, the CWS Thailand child protection project team, who work with The Church of Christ in Thailand, hosted a Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding information-sharing session for four new volunteer teachers from Nagaland. Since the young women will be teaching in schools that follow the Church’s child safeguarding policy, CWS team members Suchawalee (Bon, […]

Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct In Karen Language Is Issued by CCT and CWS

CWS Thailand | October 17, 2017

Recently, CWS colleagues Suchawalee (Bon) Mankhong and Ponsawan (Cake) Lysoowan, who are seconded to work with the Office of Child Protection at The Church of Christ in Thailand, traveled to west-central Thailand to lead an information-sharing session about the CCT Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct. Since many church members in the six Thai provinces whose […]

Momentum Grows for The Church of Christ in Thailand’s Child Safeguarding Initiative

CWS Thailand | June 13, 2017

Now that The Church of Christ in Thailand has finalized its Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, CWS is supporting a follow-on initiative for three child safeguarding specialists to reach out to communities within the Church – schools, hospitals and congregations – to review and understand the details of the Code of Conduct. Altogether, the Church […]

It Was a Long and Difficult Journey … I Feel Much Safer Now

CWS Indonesia | May 7, 2017

Aziz* is from Afgooye in Somalia, and his story echoes that of many other boys who flee their country to get away from a militia trying to make them join their ranks. Also, like many others, after a long journey through Malaysia, he arrived alone in Indonesia and found his way to the United Nations […]

“These Children Need Very Special Care”

CWS Indonesia | April 8, 2017

The Community Health Center (Puskesmas) in Oekam village, West Timor, in the only clinic for people from 10 villages in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) district, and Vera Kuli has been working there for the past six years. Part of her role is monitoring children’s nutritional status in all 10 villages; and, in this role, she […]

It’s Never Too Late To Learn: Building a Better Future For Our Children

CWS Myanmar | April 7, 2017

Nang Aye Khaing (Ma Nang) is 38 and lives in Auk Htone village in Southwest Myanmar with her husband U Aung Min and three children: a daughter, 17, and two sons, 11 and 5. The family runs a small grocery store and basket weaving business from their home which, alarmingly, has lost six acres of […]

A Profile in Courage, and Hope: A Somali Refugee Girl’s Story

CWS Indonesia | March 14, 2017

Nafyar* was 12 when men from the Al-Shabab militia entered her hometown in Somalia, killing her parents and older siblings. Nafar survived by hiding until the militia left, and then a kind-hearted neighbor helped her escape to Kenya. After living in Kenya for two years, and after a long journey by ways of Malaysia, Nafyar […]

A Young Myanmar Family with A Brighter Future: A New Opportunity Starts to Pay Off

CWS Myanmar | February 23, 2017

CWS Japan Partnership Helps Myint Myint Kyi, who is known as Ma Kyi, is 22 years old and lives in Inn Tae Su village in Maubin Township of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region. She is married and, with her husband, Ye Lay, who is 31 years old, she has two boys: Zin Myo Oo is 5 years […]

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 […]

Child rights awareness-raising

CWS Vietnam | September 9, 2016

Phi Hung is a four-year old boy from Vietnam’s La Hu ethnic minority group who, along with his two-year-old brother and countless other ethnic minority children, does not have a birth certificate. When his parents joined a child rights awareness-raising session in his village, they like all others in remote Mu Chi village (Muong Te […]

Finalizing the Church’s child protection code of conduct

Thailand | August 6, 2016

Leaders from The Church of Christ in Thailand, a key partner of CWS in Asia, are finalizing the Church’s child protection code of conduct in partnership with key university and government advisors. The code’s formal adoption by Church leaders is on track for later this year.

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