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

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 […]

An Engaged and Enthused Volunteer Helps His Community Prepare to Face Natural Disaster

CWS Myanmar | May 9, 2017

Forty-year-old Saw Edimoo is from a village in southwest Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Region, where he is a volunteer for CROP’s Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction project, which is led by the local YMCA branch. Among all five project communities and 20 volunteers, Saw Edimoo is very active and most interested in helping with his village’s development. […]

Building Disaster-Resilient Villages, One Volunteer At a Time

CWS Indonesia | April 5, 2017

“Before I joined a gathering in my village, I didn’t know anything about disaster risk reduction,” said Deki Baker from Noemuke village in West Timor. “I only knew that my village floods every year, and that floods affect our community badly”. Today, Deki is a disaster resilient village (DESTANA) facilitator in the CWS-supported SOLIDARITAS project […]

Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Work Continues in the Ayerwaddy Delta Region

CWS Myanmar | March 16, 2017

After a successful pilot project with AmeriCares, CWS is continuing its partnership with Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Pathein in Southwest Myanmar to expand a joint Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project in five communities. In the newest phase of the project, 20 volunteers were selected by their communities to join a 7-day Training […]

Village Disaster Response Team Helps Save a Child’s Life

CWS Indonesia | March 10, 2017

Saenam village in West Timor, Indonesia, is prone to a number of disasters, from drought to flash flooding. For remote villages like Saenam, though, there are limited services available when an emergency hits, at least early on. It is largely up to the community to mitigate disasters and to get through the initial response. With […]

Major Disaster Risk Reduction Partnership for Afghanistan Launched

CWS Japan | February 16, 2017

With funding from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), and in partnership with an experienced company recognized for its disaster risk reduction (DRR) work, CWS Japan initiated a DRR project in Afghanistan with the dual aim to transfer technical capacity for hazard mapping and also to strengthen policy work in support of community-based DRR efforts. […]

Working with communities in Myanmar to weather the storm

CWS | January 21, 2017

Flooding. High winds and cyclones. Fire. Drought. Communities in rural Myanmar, or Burma, need to be prepared to face many emergency situations, both small and large. And, in remote villages, disaster response is almost always up to communities themselves. Emergency aid, including fire brigades and medical services, are essentially nonexistent. Hospitals and clinics are in […]

A ‘Near Miss’ Of Landslide Damage Reinforces the Need for Community-based Disaster Awareness Activities

CWS Indonesia | January 9, 2017

A recent narrow escape from disaster by students and teachers in the primary school in Lembang Rano, Tana Toraja, is a timely reminder of the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects. In October 2016 Lembang Rano village was hit by a landslide that cut off road access, disrupted the water supply, destroyed seven houses […]

Nay Lin Oo Helps His Community Learn to Reduce and Mitigate Disasters

CWS Myanmar | December 13, 2016

Nay Lin Oo is a young man who works four days a week at a charcoal factory, and who was happy to spend some of his free time volunteering in a CWS-supported disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiative in the flood-prone area where they live in southwest Myanmar. Recently Nay Lin Oo joined a 7-day DRR […]

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