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

Health Check-ups in Nam Mo Village Motivate a Mother’s Change

CWS Vietnam | October 23, 2018

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer. Giang Thi Dinh, 35, is the mother of two young children in Nam Mo village, which is quite difficult to reach even though it is just 25 km (≈15 miles) from the district town. This is because the dirt road that winds through the mountains to Nam Mo […]

CWS Child Protection Officers in Thailand Have Earned Their Master’s Degrees

CWS Thailand | October 9, 2018

The CWS Thailand team recently feted Child Protection Officer, Ponsawan (Cake) Lysoowan for earning her Master’s degree in Psychology at Thailand’s prestigious Mahidol University. She joins our other Child Protection Officer, Suchawalee (Bon) Mankhong, whose graduation was celebrated some months ago. Both young women support The Church of Christ in Thailand’s congregations, schools and hospitals […]

What I Learned: Someone Who Is ‘Different’ Is Not Necessarily ‘Bad’

CWS Indonesia | August 19, 2018

In July, CWS partnered with Kampus Diakonia Modern, a local foundation that supports street children in Jakarta, to bring 33 unaccompanied and separated refugee children (UASC) together with 35 Indonesian children for two days of fun through sports, arts and crafts activities and cultural sharing and learning. Among many options, the Indonesian children wanted to […]

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 […]

Peer Support to Expand Child-friendly Libraries Motivates Teaches and Students!

by Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, CWS Program Officer | July 22, 2018

Duong Duc Trung is Head Teacher at Muong Kim #2 primary school in Than Uyen district, and he recently joined CWS-organized child-friendly school library training course I led. During one break time, he told me that during 10 years of teaching and leading schools, this is the first time he has worked in a school […]

CWS Helps Celebrate the Start of a New Kwai River Christian Hospital in Thailand

CWS Thailand | July 2, 2018

On Friday afternoon, June 29th, a host of Church of Christ in Thailand leaders, Royal Thai Government local officials, university representatives, local Church pastors and members came together to bless the cornerstone for a new, state of the art Kwai River Christian Hospital in Sangkhlaburi town of Kanchanaburi province in west-central Thailand. Church World Service […]

School Awareness-raising Events Are Not Always for Children, But for Their Parents Too!

CWS Vietnam | June 20, 2018

By Nguyen Thi Hai Yen and Ngo Quoc Dung. “It was a great event that our school had. So many student parents, both dads or moms, joined,… and even some grandparents, too. The feedback from them is also good, and it shows an increasing interest of the community on the issues, I think.” Luong Thi […]

Getting Ready: Child Safeguarding School Network Conference to Be Held in Bangkok

CWS Thailand |

In Thailand the CWS child safeguarding team is working to support The Church of Christ in Thailand as it mobilizes its communities – schools, orphanages, churches and hospitals – to understand and embraces its 2016 Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct. Recently, the team surveyed young students about their feelings safety and, more broadly, their happiness […]

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. […]

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 […]

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