CWS Asia


Disaster Response

Hagibis typhoon assessment team (in Japan). Photo: CWS Japan

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

Community Networks Building a More Prepared Future

CWS Indonesia | May 26, 2019

In early March, 45 community leaders from five in Central Sulawesi villages started their community disaster preparedness networks by considering natural disaster threats in each of their villages. After discussing as many aspects of natural disasters they have experienced or heard about, the women and men in the room put their ideas for contingency action […]

Women in Central Sulawesi Keep Organizing as Change Agents for Improved Hygiene

CWS Indonesia | April 8, 2019

Six months after the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu, thousands of people, like 42-year-old Juarni, continue working day in and day out to cope with displacement. When the late September 2018 disaster hit, Juarni was an active health post worker who loved her job. After the crisis’ early days, and as life settled […]

“Lessons from Mabi” Report Related: Following Up on 2018 Western Japan Flood Response

CWS Japan | March 29, 2019

In July 2018, western Japan experienced once-in-decades torrential rains, which led to widespread flooding and landslides. Eight months on from CWS intense engagement in immediate response activities, many families have yet to fully recover from the disaster, and no families will ever be the same after the devastation. So, while follow-up with families through partner […]

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

Josephine Oguta | March 22, 2019

“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 […]

Women Leaders Extend CWS Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Impact

CWS Indonesia | March 6, 2019

A look into the lives of those affected by the 7.4 M earthquake in Palu, Indonesia shows glimpses of grief, to be sure; but there are also snapshots of resilience, too. Among the central Sulawesi earthquake survivors, particularly women and girls, most have increased responsibilities and more hard work than before to ensure their families […]

CWS and YMCA Continue Support for Families Affected by Floods in Western Japan

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In continuing partnership with the YMCA, CWS is still working with families in Mabi who were affected by devastating floods in western Japan last summer. Recently, another camp outing was held for about 50 children from a number of struggling families. The camp was a time of respite from the continuing uncertainty of the recovery […]

Improved Sanitation and Hygiene Supports Women’s Safety and Security in Central Sulawesi

CWS Indonesia | January 20, 2019

“Before latrines were in the camp, we defecated in the river; and, often, we [women] had to wait because there were always men in the river, so felt insecure and uncomfortable.” This statement from Sanuba, who moved to an evacuation camp in Donggala after the September 2018 earthquake that centered on Palu, could have been […]

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | January 15, 2019

CWS distributed collapsible jerry cans from UNHCR to 4,373 households in Sigi and Donggala districts and has constructed twelve four-stall public latrines in seven camps in Sigi district, plus an additional four in Donggala district. Nine more latrines are under construction…..

“The ground opened up and turned liquid”

CWS Indonesia | December 24, 2018

“The mud flowed and destroyed our house and dragged it and other houses, or what was left of them, away.” Henny Putong, who is 43, vividly recalls the moment on September 28th when her life and that of her neighbors turned upside down and their village, Jono Oge, disappeared. NOTE: What happened geologically when the […]

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | December 14, 2018

CWS distributed collapsible jerry cans from UNHCR to 2,760 households in Sigi and Donggala districts. CWS received an additional 1,500 collapsible jerry cans from UNHCR to share with affected families, ……

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | December 4, 2018

CWS continues supporting and augmenting Government response to the late September earthquake and tsunami by distributing 3,000 collapsible jerry cans, 2,750 mosquito nets, 6,000 mats and 4,000 solar lamps from UNHCR to affected families……

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | November 16, 2018

Today, CWS is distributing 200,000 liters of clean water daily at 24 locations. This is accomplished with a fleet of seven trucks and reaches more than 16,000 people from 3,693 households every day……

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | November 5, 2018

CWS started water distributions on October 4th. Today, CWS is distributing 80,000 liters of clean water daily at 16 locations for 6,200+ people affected by the Central Sulawesi earthquake……

CWS Sends Relief Supplies to Central Sulawesi While Continuing to Care for Children Affected by Japan’s July Floods

CWS Japan | October 4, 2018

“This summer, we have lost a lot, including all our family photos of our memories. I am very thankful that my child now has such a lovely new memory.”– One YMCA camper’s mom. Forty elementary school children from Mabi, a town hard hit in July’s torrential rains in western Japan, just got a respite from […]

CWS Is Coordinating with Humanitarian Partners to Respond to Indonesia’s Latest Earthquake and Tsunami

CWS Indonesia | October 2, 2018

Immediately after the news of Saturday’s (29th September 2018) twin natural disasters hitting Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, CWS staff were in action to partner with ACT Alliance and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia colleagues to determine how best to respond in the immediate aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami it caused. Additionally, CWS Japan colleagues […]

CWS and the YMCA Join Together to Support Flood-affected Children in Western Japan

CWS Japan | October 1, 2018

In continuing response to western Japan’s severe storms and flooding, CWS is happy to report that our partnership with the YMCA has supported a camping event for 40 children from the disaster-affected areas in Okayama prefecture. Thanks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, some of the children who survived the crisis found a bit […]

Western Japan Floods: Old-fashioned ‘Technology’ Helps Evacuees Share Key Information

CWS Japan | September 20, 2018

In addition to local coordination structures and groups, a mechanism was needed to coordinate agencies in Tokyo since a key unresolved issue was that insufficient information about available government support schemes, including subsidies and legal assistance. Since information was being sought in a scattered way, i.e., by different agencies, an urgent effort to integrate and […]

CWS Bring Timely Help to Many Families in Vietnam

By Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Vietnam Administrative and Program Support Officer | September 19, 2018

I met Chao Kien Hin, a 66-year-old man from the Dao ethnic group during a recent emergency relief materials distribution event and was pleased that he took some time to tell me about his son’s family, which was greatly affected in one of our recent severe rainstorms. Here is what Mr. Hin told me: while […]

Lombok Earthquake: Eight Days Later

Mathilde Hutagaol | August 21, 2018

“I live near the beach. I am too afraid to go back to my house right now – that’s why I stayed with my two sons here in the camp. My husband is a fisherman. He went fishing today but only caught 10 fish, which isn’t enough to be sold to buy milk for my […]

Nothing Is Left. We Were Poor Already, and Now We Are Poor Again

CWS Vietnam | August 20, 2018

Coming to Lai Chau in mid-July about three weeks after flash floods and landslides there, CWS Emergency Response team members, despite their years of experience with helping poor people in their country, were surprised and moved to meet the families affected by a crushing natural disaster. The flash floods swept away almost all that families […]

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