CWS Asia


Disaster Risk Reduction

CWS-village WASH team on the new bridge supported by our Week of Compassion friends at Maubin, Myanmar. Photo: Leslie Wilson

Recently, SOLITARITAS was celebrated by project partners and beneficiaries during a visit with Disciples of Christ pastors and seminarians, who were joined by the CWS Indonesia Country Representative and the Asia Regional Coordinator, along with CWS Tanja Toraja team members. Photo: CWS

Afghan participants, CWS Japan staff and trainers from Japan Conservation Engineers Co. Ltd. at the ‘technical transfer’ workshop about hazard mapping and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Photo: Takeshi Komino

People in Asia are at continuous risk from multiple hazards, especially floods: routine, seasonal floods and occasional catastrophic ones. At the other end of the natural disaster spectrum are drought, forest fires and earthquakes.  Despite such vulnerability to these hazards, most people do not know how to anticipate and be prepared to respond to them. Increasing communities’ awareness and knowledge to mitigate and also prepare to respond to common hazards is critical to helping them protect and save lives and material assets.

Countries: Myanmar and Indonesia and Japan

Latest News

“Already, I can see a change in the way … we view disasters and risks …”

CWS Indonesia | May 18, 2018

Surianti Todingbua is a 39-year-old nurse in a sub-district Health Center on Sulawesi island in eastern Indonesia. She is also a member of the Indonesian Red Cross North Toraja District Branch and, for two years, has been active in the SOLIDARITAS initiative, which is led by a local CWS partner, INANTA. Since she lives in […]

Japan’s Private Sector and CWS Team Up To Assess Disaster Risk Reduction Needs and Opportunities

CWS Japan | May 17, 2018

While it is still quite rare for non-government organizations and private companies in Japan to partner on development projects, starting with baseline assessments of needs and opportunities, CWS Japan Board and senior staff believe that such partnerships, and joint assessments, can help ensure stronger programming by bringing together key strengths from NGOs and private companies. […]

It Takes a Village

CWS Indonesia | April 16, 2018

To be prepared to respond to natural disasters, especially mudslides and localized floods from too-heavy rains, it is most important, Father Yos concludes, to maintain coordination – not only among individual people taking action but also among organizations and groups, like local government and the Indonesian Red Cross, which are responsible for people’s survival and […]

NGO2030 Initiated in Japan

CWS Japan |

CWS Japan is part of a new Japanese initiative, NGO2030, in anticipation of that year being an important one for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris (climate change) Agreement, and in self-recognition that Japanese NGOs have a timely chance to renew their vision and purpose to […]

We DREAM to Become a Climate Resilient Community

CWS Indonesia | March 15, 2018

Living in a remote area prone to landslides and far from any town or city, people in North Belau village in South Sulawesi face many challenges. Frederik Kumbun has been North Belau’s leader for more than 10 years, and during this time the 47-year-old has seen his village become more vulnerable than ever to disasters […]

Community-based and led Disaster Risk Reduction Redux

CWS Myanmar | February 18, 2018

Since 2015 CWS has joined with many partners, including AmeriCares, the Pathein YMCA and villages in Southwest Myanmar to strengthen Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction with basic readiness training and with small mitigation projects too. This work followed naturally from years of recovery and resilience work following 2008’s historic cyclone, Nargis, which devastated the Ayeyarwaddy Region. […]

A Village Midwife Expands Her Role

CWS Indonesia | February 15, 2018

Marsya Karangan is the midwife in Likulambe village in the remote north of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. At age 33 she is also Likulambe’s Disaster Risk Reduction Forum Health Unit Coordinator, which is a big responsibility for a young woman. Being active in the Forum has given Marsya the opportunity to learn many new things – […]

CWS Japan Team Members Joined The World Bosai Forum

CWS Japan | December 19, 2017

As part of Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction Secretariat, CWS Japan team members recently joined the World Bosai Forum, which is a gathering modeled on the Davos World Economic Forum. The team’s main forum engagement was to convene a panel to highlight the idea of Multisector Initiative for Research, Action, and Impact. In […]

CWS Japan Facilitates Public-Private Partnership to Support Disaster Risk Reduction in Eastern Afghanistan

CWS Japan | November 19, 2017

As part of a CWS-designed and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs-funded project, 11 Afghans from national and local government entities, and civil society, including NGO and community representatives from Nangahar Province, gathered recently in New Delhi, India to meet CWS team members and partner (Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd.) staff. The group came together for […]

It Takes a Village!

CWS Indonesia | November 18, 2017

Antonia (Nia) Nomlene is a 28-year-old mother of two from Saenam village in West Timor. Last year, Nia volunteered as a facilitator in the SOLIDARITAS initiative to help make Saenam a Government-designated Disaster Resilient Village; and since then, supported by CWS and partner, Gerbangmas, Nia has been helping her neighbors and local government workers learn […]

Through Solidarity, Community Early Warning Systems Are in Place … And a Good Place to Start

CWS Indonesia | November 17, 2017

Natural disasters are sadly to common in Lembang on Sulawesi island, as they are in countless Indonesian villages. Over the years landslides and fires have repeatedly claimed lives and destroyed village infrastructure. But now, with CWS support in SOLIDARITAS, community member and local government are taking steps together to make Lembang a disaster resilient village. […]

Partnership and Solidarity Toward Better Disaster Management

CWS Indonesia | October 16, 2017

In South Sulawesi, CWS and our partner INANTA continue supporting local government in through the SOLIDARITAS project, which helps them keep meeting milestones along the road to improved risk management in the face of many different threats from climate change. Recently, the Toraja Utara government, took additional steps to its strengthen disaster response capacity, including […]

Solidarity for Community Awareness and Action to Cope with Disasters

CWS Indonesia | September 9, 2017

“Our district [in the north of South Sulawesi island] is often hit by natural disasters like floods, landslides and drought. In the past, there were no resources from the district government or anybody else to deal with disasters, so we worked together as volunteers in our community when a disaster struck. In the past, we […]

Taking Stock of Disaster Management Success to Date

CWS Indonesia | August 17, 2017

In July, a mid-term evaluation of the SOLIDARITAS project in South Sulawesi Province was done to assess CWS and local NGO partner, INANTA, success in helping the Pamgkung Batu become a disaster resilient village. “Initially the community did not have much knowledge about disaster preparedness and mitigation. [Even though they experience floods and landslides often.] […]

A Bridge to the Future: Safer School Access for Some Myanmar Children

CWS Myanmar | July 31, 2017

Maubin Township is a two-hour drive west from Yangon, and Inn Ma Su village is one hour’s drive from Maubin Township center during the dry season and about 1.5 hours – by boat — in the rainy season when all roads are flooded. About 1,400 people in 322 families live in Inn Ma Su and […]

CWS Japan’s Continues to Support Disaster Risk Reduction in Afghanistan

CWS Japan | July 28, 2017

Recently, 10 Afghan citizens representing government and civil society (community development councils and non-government organizations/NGOs), joined a ‘technical transfer’ workshop about hazard mapping and disaster risk reduction (DRR) that was organized by CWS Japan in collaboration with Japan Conservation Engineers Co. Ltd. and funded by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During their time in Tokyo, […]

Learning More and Preparing Better for Disaster Response in Indonesia

CWS Indonesia | July 26, 2017

Elisabeth is a farmer from Bo’ne Buntusisong village in Tana Toraja District of South Sulawesi province. The village, like countless others in Indonesia, is prone to disasters, particularly landslides. Following a particularly damaging 2016 landslide that destroyed farm land and road access, effectively cutting the village off for a number of weeks, CWS worked to […]

CWS Advances Initiatives That Support Global Platform Disaster Risk Reduction Goals in Asia

CWS Japan | June 13, 2017

One significant take away from the recent Global Platform for DRR (GPDRR) in Cancun, Mexico is that implementation of Sendai Framework for DRR should be in its full swing by now; and, to advance further, different sectors must talk more about a common vision. In order to decrease disaster losses, there is quite a lot […]

One Community Leader Steps Up to Accelerate Progress in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Readiness

CWS Indonesia |

Kayuosing village lies at the foot of Mount Sado’ko’ in Tana Toraja District on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island in the country’s southeast. The district is very mountainous and has frequent landslides. As one community leader put it, “Not a day goes by here without a landslide somewhere.” In 2007 a landslide hit Kayuosing’s elementary school; luckily […]

CWS Team and Partners Join Indonesia’s National Day for Disaster Preparedness

CWS Indonesia | May 18, 2017

Recently, SOLIDARITAS project teams in Tana Toraja and West Timor joined three events for the National Day for Disaster Preparedness organized nationwide by Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). All three events, though quite different from each other, highlighted progress through the project, which is funded by the Australian government through ACT Alliance member, Act […]

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