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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

Typhoon Hagibis Hits Japan: Disaster Update

CWS Japan | October 15, 2019

SITUATION Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan on October 12 and led to widespread flooding and landslides in many parts of central Japan. In just two days the typhoon brought 30-40% of the annual rainfall to areas, and the highest warning level (category 5: do whatever it takes to save your life) was issued in […]

Using Basic Soil Science to Inform Drought Risk Reduction Planning

CWS Japan | October 3, 2019

With plans to use lessons learned from a continuing project in Pakistan, CWS Japan team members are happy to report strong results from working with Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd. and strong community leaders in drought risk reduction project in Sindh Province in Pakistan. The project’s aim is to detect underground water using Electronic Resistance […]

Community Volunteers Like Andi Tuo Are Sustainable Change Makers

CWS Indonesia |

Andi Tuo is a volunteer Community Health Promoter in Palu, Central Sulawesi, where an earthquake, tsunami and land liquefaction devastated her town and dozens of surrounding villages last year. In mid-August, Andi and her colleagues joined a CWS-led skills training to support their work in a community-led total sanitation (CLTS) initiative led by Indonesia’s Ministry […]

Indonesia Earthquake Anniversary | CWS Response

CWS Indonesia | September 28, 2019

A year ago, a horrific series of disasters struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The earthquake, tsunamis and liquefaction killed more than 5,300 people and wiped out communities. CWS have been on the ground in Central Sulawesi for the past year helping to address critical water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter needs. This video gives a glimpse at […]

CWS Releases a New Disaster Response, Recovery and Resilience Report

CWS Japan | September 24, 2019

“Towards Mabi Recovery – Lessons One Year On” builds on Church World Service (CWS) earlier findings as reported in “Six Months Since Western Japan Flood: Lessons From Mabi”. That report highlighted 10 key findings about the relief phase of CWS and partners’ work: flood risk communication, infrastructure measures, early warning, evacuation and emergency behavior, shelter […]

Lesson Learned: Don’t Take Water for Granted!

CWS Indonesia | August 26, 2019

Like many people in the world, Diana used to take water for granted. Now, after the complex natural disaster changed her life last year, she understands how valuable and rare safe water can be. Diana lived in a coastal village near Palu in Central Sulawesi. But when an earthquake and resulting tsunami washed her home […]

Another Lesson Learned: Don’t Forget the Basics

CWS Indonesia |

Adapting to life after a natural disaster is a struggle. For people like Sarini the struggle isn’t just coping with the huge loss of her house and livelihood. It’s also the struggle to meet basic needs day in and day out. Immediately after last September’s earthquake, tsunami and land liquefaction disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, […]

Central Sulawesi Disaster Recovery Continues with Cash for Families to Rebuild and Renew

CWS Indonesia | July 31, 2019

Recently, people from Donggala district, which was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in late September 2018, receive money to support them in the next steps of their recovery from the disaster that upended their lives. The payments to families were made through what is called a cash transfer program, and such programs are increasingly […]

Moving, Regrouping and Dreaming for a Better Life

CWS Indonesia | June 18, 2019

Although she is not originally from the area, Nirwana Sai is now among tens of thousands of Central Sulawesi (Indonesia) earthquake and tsunami survivors. Somewhat ironically (or so it seems now) Nirwana, her husband and four kids left their home in South Sulawesi to look for a better life. Both parents were working toward that […]

A Silver Lining to the Dark Cloud of Last Fall’s Central Sulawesi Earthquake

CWS Indonesia | June 16, 2019

September 28, 2018 started as a normal Friday, a non-workday, for Stofan as he enjoyed a game of football with his friends and spent some quality time with his oldest son. Then, the day became far from normal as the earth shook and the land moved when an earthquake hit. Luckily, Stofan was close to […]

The Weight of Water

CWS Indonesia | May 26, 2019

Rahmayanti, or Tanti as her friends call her, is much like any other 16-year-old girl. She enjoys spending time with her friends and studying. Yet, unlike most teenage girls, Tanti recently experienced something that most 16-year-olds couldn’t imagine: the consequences of a complex natural disaster when an earthquake that struck in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia in […]

Community Networks Building a More Prepared Future

CWS Indonesia |

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

CWS Japan |

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 […]

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