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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.