CWS Asia

Disaster Response

CWS distributing tarpaulin to make shelters during Central Sulawesi earthquake response (in Indonesia). Photo: CWS

Villagers carrying a prized new water tank home (in Vietnam). Photo: CWS

Augustin and her daughter and the CWS-provided water tank they use (during Central Sulawesi earthquake response in Indonesia). Photo: CWS

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. CWS is engaged at the “disaster frontline” by actively working with the local communities on preparedness and response programs.

Latest News

Complex Crises Compounded by COVID-19

CWS Japan | January 25, 2021

When disasters hit communities in Asia, CWS staff are often on the front line to help people. As needed, CWS responds to families affected by floods, earthquakes and drought. Increasingly, CWS staff compile and share lessons learned from government and civil society disaster response. The focus of CWS analysis, like CWS responses, is largely on […]

CWS Stands Ready to Respond to Serial Disasters Across Indonesia

CWS Indonesia | January 18, 2021

Tragically, Indonesia has been hit in recent days with a series of devastating natural disasters. There is not yet a call for CWS staff to join government-led response activities. But we are monitoring the situation and are ready to help in partnership with ACT Indonesia Forum member. As of Sunday evening, January 17th, the death […]

Disaster Resilient Village Teams in Indonesia Are Fighting the Coronavirus Together

CWS Indonesia | December 1, 2020

A few years ago, CWS and our partner Pusbinlat helped people in five Central Sulawesi villages to form Disaster Resilient Village teams. Their impetus was to get out ahead of the next inevitable natural disaster. One of the villages is Pondingao. And its people came together to form a volunteer team to prepare for, and […]

Rebuilding & Becoming More Resilient: Progress & Lessons Learned with Central Sulawesi Communities

CWS Indonesia | September 29, 2020

On the evening of September 28, 2018, a massive earthquake hit the Minahasa Peninsula of Sulawesi island in Indonesia. The quake triggered tsunamis as high as seven meters, which caused landslides and soil liquefaction. More than 5,000 people lost their lives to the disaster; twice that many people were injured – some severely. At least […]

CWS Is Responding to People Affected by Hurricane Sally

CWS | September 17, 2020

CWS staff in Asia, together with the communities with which we work across the region, are holding everyone in the path, and wake, of Hurricane Sally in our prayers. Our American friends are in the midst of an very active hurricane season. Recently, to help Hurricane Laura victims, CWS sent out more than 2,300 CWS […]

Back in Business: CWS Cash Transfer Initiative Helps Nurmita Return to Work

CWS Indonesia | July 2, 2020

Nurmita lives in a Central Sulawesi village where, before a devastating earthquake in 2018, she sold traditional cakes to earn a nice income. In the disaster Nurmita lost her baking equipment and supplies … and her livelihood. Her situation was not uncommon, unfortunately. And it has taken quite some time for people to recover and […]

CWS and Partners Continue Supporting Families and Communities

CWS Cambodia | June 24, 2020

In the face of COVID-19, CWS teams in Asia are keeping our pledge to ensure that, especially in times of crisis, there is enough for all. Our work is being done, as ever, with partner organizations and community leaders. With emergency food assistance in Cambodia and increased food allowances for unaccompanied refugee children in Indonesia, […]

CWS and Partners Are Helping COVID-19-affected Families

CWS Cambodia | June 5, 2020

Last week and next week, the CWS team and partners in Cambodia are sharing emergency food – rice, oil and fish sauce – with more than 700 families in Battambang and Preah Vihear provinces. Families were prioritized for support because their breadwinners have lost their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 threat. The newly-unemployed […]

Household latrines help families in Balongga, Indonesia stay healthy during COVID-19

CWS Indonesia | May 12, 2020

A September 2018 earthquake in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, destroyed or badly damaged most houses in Balongga village. There, and elsewhere, countless people became homeless. Today, 20 months since the disaster, many families still live in so-called temporary (T) shelters. These were built with international support in the disaster’s immediate wake. They are called temporary. But, […]

CWS Cambodia Team and Partners Help Communities Prepare for COVID-19 Coping

CWS Cambodia | April 23, 2020

In the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia, like all countries, continues battling many social and economic problems. These are in addition to public health issues, including the ones now presented by the coronavirus. Of course, the new rules put in place to try to contain the virus are necessary. They will prevent further harmful health impacts. This […]

Local Partners Continue CWS Japan-led Recovery from Typhoon Hagibis

CWS Japan | April 10, 2020

Typhoon Faxai made landfall in east-central Japan in September 2019 on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture. Its impact was exacerbated when Typhoon Hagibis hit the same area the next month on October 12th. Tateyama city, where CWS Japan and partners responded to Hagibis, was a complete disaster due not only to the storms but […]

When Water Is a Luxury

CWS Indonesia | November 26, 2019

Having clean water, proper sanitation and good hygiene are essential to everyone’s health. In the United States, these things are generally taken for granted. But, access to safe water, proper sanitation and the chance to have good hygiene are difficult in much of the world, especially during an emergency. Selvina, a 50-year-old mother of four, […]

Celebrating International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by Preparing for Future Disasters

CWS Indonesia |

Eleven-year-old Taufiq still remembers when a series of earthquakes hit his village, Ombo, in Central Sulawesi last year. “I was inside the house with my mother when the quake struck”, he said. Expecting other quakes or a tsunami, Taufiq, his family and neighbors fled to nearby mountains. And, even when they returned home, thousands of […]

Typhoon Hagibis Japan Situation Report #4

CWS Japan |

All Typhoon Hagibis recovery work is planned and carried out in partnership with the National Christian Council in Japan which, together with CWS Japan, comprise the ACT Forum Japan. In addition to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America donors who are support of our work are United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, Church […]

Typhoon Hagibis Japan Situation Report #3

CWS Japan | November 8, 2019

The effects of Typhoon Hagibis, which made landfall in Japan on October 12, 2019, continues to be felt by thousands of vulnerable in the country’s central regions. Widespread torrential rains that, in just two days produced 30%-40% of Japan’s usual annual rainfall, combined with strong winds, flooding and landslides led to Category 5 warnings to […]

Typhoon Hagibis Situation Report #2

CWS Japan | October 28, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis has devastated already disaster-hit areas, including Tateyama in Chiba where Typhoon Faxai hit last month. In addition, several days of heavy rain followed Typhoon Hagibis and worsened conditions in already hard-hit communities. Blue plastic sheets that were used to cover damaged roofs are already damaged and becoming ineffective; communities must re-do the temporary […]

CWS Hosts a Successful Sphere Standards Workshop for ACT Myanmar Forum and Other Partners

CWS Myanmar | October 27, 2019

Since 1997, Sphere Standards have guided humanitarian response globally. Updated and expanded standards published in 2018 spurred CWS to organize a workshop to update all staff, some of whom are new to humanitarian work and its high standards requirements. In all 14 humanitarian response professionals from CWS, other ACT Alliance Members and local non-government organizations […]

ACT Alliance Teamwork Accelerates Flood Response Impact in Southeast Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | October 26, 2019

Eight feet of flood waters during a two-week period in August disrupted lives in riverside towns along the Zami River in Karen State of southeast Myanmar. CWS responded to the Karen Baptist Convention (KBC) appeal for help by supporting 187 people in Htee Pa Htaw Hto village as part of the KBC coordinated relief for […]

Building a House into a Home

CWS Indonesia | October 25, 2019

Delti watched as her house crumbled to the ground on September 28th in 2018 as a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. While running to find safety, all Delti thought about was how her life would change completely – if she even survived the disaster. Delti was one of about 212,000 people displaced […]

Typhoon Hagibis Situation Report #1

CWS Japan | October 20, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan on October 12, 2019. Widespread torrential rains, strong winds and subsequent flooding and landslides followed in many parts of central Japan. The ACT Forum Japan has called for skilled volunteers, and an operations base is being created in partnership with Operation Blessing Japan, which will support volunteer dispatch. CWS […]

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