In Asia, CWS initiatives focus mainly on rural grassroots integrated community development for improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); on nutrition and, related directly to this, on home-based livelihood opportunities like gardening and poultry-raising.
All projects actively promote the inclusion of women and girls in assessing opportunities and challenges faced in addressing unmet needs and rights; in planning initiatives to address problems and inequities, and as equal beneficiaries of all CWS partnerships. CWS also seeks to ensure the right to full inclusion of people with special needs and all others who are traditionally marginalized or excluded from the benefits of community development and humanitarian action.
Most country programs in Asia support community-based disaster risk reduction. Additionally, the Indonesia country team significantly supports refugees, mainly from Afghanistan and Somalia, who have found their way to Jakarta. Our core work with refugees is to ensure their safety and provide subsistence living assistance, and there is a special focus on protecting unaccompanied and separated children, mostly boys. In Thailand, CWS supports The Church of Christ in Thailand in two projects: health care improvements for marginalized people, most of who are displaced from Myanmar and some of whom are Thai; and creation and use of a Church-wide child safeguarding code of conduct in all its schools, hospitals, universities and churches. In Timor-Leste CWS leads HIV/AIDS awareness-raising and education activities, primarily for the country’s national army and their families and neighbors. In Japan CWS efforts focus on advocacy for better risk mitigation and preparedness when disasters affect communities near nuclear power plants in Japan and other Asian counties.
Overall in Asia CWS supports some of the region’s most vulnerable communities, both during emergencies and crises, and for longer-term socioeconomic development.