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Adjusting and Coping with Creativity and Focus Across Asia

In continuing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that emerged in late 2019, CWS is adjusting and coping – creatively and positively – in line with all government requirements and requests across Asia. In Cambodia, our partners are postponing many awareness-raising and education sessions until further notice. But, some activities that have five or fewer […]

I remember the day I was told, “Kobe is on fire”.

January 17th marks the 25th year anniversary from Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, which killed more than 6,400 people in 1995. Ninety percent were crushed by collapsing houses. I was a teenager living outside Japan at the time. But, now I have moved to Kobe, where my wife’s family lives. Today I have a different feeling […]

Paths out of Poverty in Myanmar: Haircuts, Textiles, Rice and More

You may have heard about CWS and the ACT Alliance before. ACT is a coalition of churches and faith-based organizations that work in countries all over the world. It’s a platform for its members, including CWS, to coordinate our programs to be as efficient and effective as possible. To that end, many countries, including Myanmar, […]

Blessed Are The Poor (Luke 6:20)

My first visit to the Ayeyarwady River delta and the Myanmar villages where CWS Japan supported a nutrition education project was in 2017. This work was done in partnership with the Japanese food products company, AJINOMOTO; and, it was a success despite the challenges families face every year from of flooding and riverbank erosion. I […]

Sphere info-sharing workshop has inspired me!

By Do Van Khai, Muong Te District Red Cross Chapter. In mid-March 2019, a workshop about Sphere project minimum standards for humanitarian response was hosted by Vietnam’s NGO Disaster Management working group (DMWG), its Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center (DMPTC) and the CWS team in Hanoi. The aim of the gathering was helping participants […]

Learning what “water is life” REALLY means in Central Sulawesi

“Water is life.” It’s a common saying in the humanitarian community, and you’ve probably heard it before. I certainly have. But even after a long career in community development and emergency response organizations, I didn’t really understand what it meant. Not until I visited Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, earlier this month. Central Sulawesi was hit by […]

Reflections on a trip to Vietnam

Paul Chan is a member of the CWS board of Directors. He led a trip for high school students to visit CWS programs in Vietnam in January 2019. Below are some excerpts from the trip updates that he sent to the students’ parents. Tuesday, January 8 Today was a whirlwind tour. We started with a […]

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