CWS Is Working to Ensure the Wellbeing of Young Asylum Seekers and Refugees

In our urban refugee program in Jakarta, PURE+, CWS staff have acted together with group home residents to respond quickly to COVID-19 risks. There was deep cleaning in each of four homes to start. At the same time our security guards, who have a lot of responsibilities for the homes’ safety, were learning the facts […]

Let There Be light!

Now there is … where once there wasn’t. Electricity, that is, at 16 village emergency evacuation sites in the Ayeyawaddy River delta area of in Maubin Township in southwest Myanmar. Thanks to CWS partner, Week of Compassion (WOC), their investment to help communities had paid off. With tangible, transformative changes in their lives, one small […]

Asia Pacific Regional NGO Partnership Week in Review

CWS Japan team members were key leaders at November’s 2019 Asia-Pacific Regional NGO Partnership Week. During the last week of November more than 200 humanitarian and development colleagues from 31 countries convened to discuss the past year’s successes and challenges, and to plan for joint action in 2020. The Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network […]

South Sulawesi Organizations Join Communities to Build Disaster Response Awareness and Skills

In mid-October, CWS joined Pusbinlat Toraja Church and the South Sulawesi Indonesian Red Cross Society to lead First Aid skill-building activities with the Lembang Disaster Preparedness Team and Disaster Risk Reduction Forum. The activities included an information exchange as well as hands-on learning for saving lives, preventing disabilities and providing comfort and support during emergency […]

Being Tired from Teaching Is Worth It for One First Aid Expert in Myanmar

Red Cross volunteer, U Myint Swe, has helped drowning and bike accident victims since 1979. The 54-year old retired police sergeant first earned a First Aid Trainer certificate in 1986. Then, he took a refresher course in 2000. Since then, he has led or co-led 30-plus basic First Aid courses with the Myanmar Red Cross […]

Water management innovation initiative starts in India!

For a second year, CWS Japan is hosting the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network’s Innovation Hub. This year, in partnership with the London-based Humanitarian Innovation Fund and Seeds India, the Hub’s focus is on promoting grassroots disaster management innovation in India. A new initiative is now under way to help the country address some […]

CWS Is Supporting Community Inclusion in Disaster Reduction Policy Advocacy

Views from the Frontline is an initiative to support inclusion of local perspectives and voices in disaster reduction and response policy making. The project’s first survey and report were in 2009. Ten years on, the 2019 edition continues as a 50-country independent global review of disaster reduction efforts, successes and lessons learned. Views from the […]

Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Emerges as a CWS Priority in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the most natural disaster-affected countries in the world. And, in recent years, Vietnam is like the rest of the world in experiencing more frequent weather-related disasters. With more extreme and unusual new characteristics, storms are having disastrous and deadly effects. The economic and social impacts of these storms and related disasters […]

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