CWS is engaged at the “disaster frontline” by actively working with the local communities on preparedness and response programs. At the global level, we actively network with the most influential disaster risk reduction organizations to advocate for better and stronger comprehensive policies.
We have developed a 3-pillar approach to reduce a community’s exposure to disasters and improve their resilience:
1. Community-based activities
From raising awareness to contributing to preparedness measures, hazard mapping and mitigation plans, CWS is working closely with communities to ensure that disaster risk reduction is a sustainable, integrated and community accepted concept leading to concrete improvements and strengthening community resilience.
2. Education and capacity building initiatives
Based on the belief that knowledge and interest lead to desire and action, we integrate disaster risk reduction education into school curriculum in close cooperation with local and central governments.
CWS and our partners jointly advocate for improved disaster risk reduction policies at international and local levels. We are active at international conferences and global platforms while also facilitating better policy practices and addressing implementation gaps at the local level.
CWS Japan | March 15, 2018
During another harsh winter in eastern Afghanistan over the past five months, CWS Japan provided cash assistance to help families returning from Pakistan after years in exile to meet basic needs, including interventions to help prevent often-deadly acute respiratory illness among children. Since most families are living in extreme conditions without full shelter or heat, […]
CWS Myanmar | October 29, 2017
The current conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar, started in 2012 and displaced about 140,000 people then. In 2015-2016, about 25,000 internally displace persons (IDP) were then resettled near their original home by the Myanmar government. But, in October 2016 when an armed group attacked national border guards in Northern Rakhine, the Myanmar army response led […]
CWS Vietnam | October 16, 2017
In the midst of recent flash flooding in Yen Bai province in north, CWS Emergency Response Focal Person, Mai Thi Quynh Giao and WASH Officer, Nguyen Van Ty, led the CWS assessment teams and then recommended post-relief support to dozens of families who lost their homes in the flash floods. Here are two of their […]
CWS Japan | October 4, 2017
While our U.S.-based team has been responding to hurricanes in Texas and Florida, our team in Japan has been responding to flooding caused by unusually heavy July rains in northern Kyushu island. Tragically, 36 people died in the flooding and aftermath. CWS has deployed Program Officer Yukiko Maki to help coordinate this response to unprecedented […]
CWS Vietnam | October 3, 2017
In mid-September, CWS Vietnam’s team worked with other emergency responders to support vulnerable families in Mu Cang Chai village, whose homes were damaged or destroyed in a flash flooding following severe rains. After first sharing hygiene kits for immediate use, it was agreed that CWS would follow up to mitigate future safe water shortages by […]
CWS Indonesia | October 2, 2017
Since September 22nd, Mt. Agung on Indonesia’s Bali island has shown increased volcanic activity, prompting the government to order the evacuation of around 75,000 people living nearby. Today, ACT Indonesia Forum members YEU (YAKKUM), ICCO-Cooperation and Lutheran World Relief are on the ground in Bali assessing the situation to identify possible gaps in the assistance […]
CWS Japan | September 8, 2017
Heavy July rains caused massive flooding and disaster in northern Kyushu Island, which is the third largest and most southwesterly of Japan’s four main islands. Tragically, at least 36 people died during the flooding and aftermath. To support our ecumenical partners in Japan, CWS was fortunate to be able to deploy Program Officer Yukiko Maki […]
CWS Indonesia | February 19, 2017
In Indonesia, a Village Disaster Preparedness Team is a group of volunteers who facilitates all activities related to disaster prevention, response preparedness (readiness) and any response needed. Lembang Paku village in Tana Toraja province is in a mountainous area about 50 kilometers from the nearest town. Landslides are a common occurrence in this part of […]
CWS Indonesia | December 15, 2016
CWS, as the convener of the ACT Indonesia Forum, coordinated the submission of a Rapid Response Fund (RRF) request to the ACT Alliance, and the request was approved on December 14th. Nearly $60,000 is now available to Indonesian ACT member YEU to partner with fellow ACT member NGO, Pelkesi, to ensure essential assistance for 1,000 […]
CWS Indonesia | December 8, 2016
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck Indonesia’s Pidie Jaya district in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province at 05.03 local time on 7th December 2016. Assessments are ongoing, and Indonesia’s national disaster management agency (BNPB) has reported that close to 100 people have died and more than 600 have been injured. Around 200 buildings have either collapsed […]
CWS Japan | October 15, 2016
Five months after the devastating 7.0 [Richter scale] magnitude earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan, the Kumamoto YMCA-managed evacuation center at Mashiki Gymnasium will close. As such it is the last of 18 centers originally opened to help evacuees from Mashiki-town, one of the hardest hit areas. Since there are still 200 people living there, and not […]
CWS Myanmar | October 12, 2016
U Pauk Sa and Daw Hla are a married couple in their 60s who live in one of an endless number of flood-affected villages in southwest Myanmar. They live with their daughter and three granddaughters. U Pauk Sa cannot work because he is recovering from a stroke. Daw Hla weaves grass mats, which their daughter […]
CWS Myanmar | September 9, 2016
When floods once again deluged parts of the Ayeyarwady River delta in Southwest Myanmar, where CWS partner with communities for ongoing development initiatives, more than 7,300 people were badly affected and so CWS moved into emergency response mode. Immediately, with AmeriCares funding, each affected family received 2.1 kilograms of rice per person, and other food […]
CWS Myanmar | September 7, 2016
Saw Kae Mhu lives in Kha Naung village in Southwest Myanmar, where flooding is sometime mild and sometimes severe – but ever present. To help his family and neighbors be better prepared than in the past to cope with their perennial floods, Saw Kae Mhu decided to engage with CWS and the local YMCA to […]
CWS Myanmar | August 22, 2016
Monsoon flooding across eight states in Myanmar has displaced more than 422,000 people since last month. Among those affected are residents of 14 communities that participate in CWS programs. On Wednesday 17th August 2016, CWS relief efforts began with the distribution of rice for about 1,000 people across five communities.
Takeshi Komino | August 16, 2016
By the time that the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan in 2011, I had been an international aid worker for years. I had been part of CWS emergency response efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand already. As a Japanese national, I was always “an expat” in my work. Generally, things had to […]
Leslie Wilson | November 9, 2015
A largely silent, slowly growing disaster continues wreaking havoc on the lives and livelihoods of tens of thousands of poor rice farming families in the Irrawaddy River delta of far Southwest Myanmar (Burma). This is an area much of the world first knew of only because the massively destructive Cyclone Nargis, which made news headlines […]