CWS Asia


Livelihoods

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Chhundy (Cambodia) with her winter melon. Photo: CWS

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Oyster mushrooms in Cambodia program. Photo: CWS

Chheu Teal Korng village:.Remarkable how much CWS has accomplished here in less than a.year, because they are working with such a willing and committed local committee. CWS is also supporting micro loans and training for fish, produce and.mushroom farming.

Chheu Teal Korng village:.Remarkable how much CWS has accomplished here in less than a.year, because they are working with such a willing and committed local committee. CWS is also supporting micro loans and training for fish, produce and.mushroom farming. Photo: CWS

CWS believes in the ability of communities to work together to realize local development and sustainable livelihoods. By combining the right resources and knowledge with intentional grassroots ownership, we empower communities to decide their own futures and create more choices for themselves and their children.

The long-term sustainability of projects rests with the people – and especially with women. Therefore, livelihood projects are designed and implemented with as much focus on participatory training and empowerment as on distributions and tools. CWS aims to help communities tap into the resources they already have and build upon the knowledge and capacities that already exist.

Countries: Cambodia and Indonesia

Latest News

One Successful Endeavor Leads to Another and Another for One Myanmar Mother

CWS Myanmar | August 21, 2018

Ma Than Dar is a 29-year-old mother with one daughter and, besides her full-time job being a mother and house keeper, she used to work as a day laborer outside her home village, Yae Le Gyi, in southwestern Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region. U Thet Naing, her 35-year-old husband works as fisherman and, in the past, they […]

Hard Work, Creativity and Persistence Rewarded in One Indonesian Family, Who Inspire Us All

CWS Indonesia | August 20, 2018

Mada and Lazarus Selan and their two children live in Noemuke village on Timor island in far southeastern Indonesia. Like other families in their village, the Selansare farmers, laborers and micro-entrepreneurs who piece their livelihoods together in different ways depending on the farming seasons, which shape their lives. Lazarus harvests corn and vegetables: corn to […]

Testimony to CWS Commitment to Cambodia’s Rural Poor

CWS Cambodia |

Sok Yan, 46, lives with her husband, Or Sereivuth, 47, and four children ages 25, 16, 14 and 4 in Rung Roeung 3 village in northern Cambodia. When she met CWS team members in 2006, Yan earned a living by selling vegetables from her garden while Sereivuth was a welder, which did not pay a […]

Empowerment! One Woman’s Experience of Group Solidarity

CWS Indonesia | July 22, 2018

Yance Tefa is 36 and she is called Mama Yance by her neighbors and friends in Banli hamlet in remote southern West Timor. She lives with her husband, Semuel Leokuna, who is 38, and their four children, who are all school or preschool students aged four to 16. Mostpeople in Banli and others nearbyhamlets and […]

Crop Diversification for Better Family Diets … And to Cope with Climate Change

CWS Indonesia | June 21, 2018

Maxi Taneseb and Fince Yane Baifeto live in a small village in West Timor with their three children. Because of their poverty and ambition to live better, the family joined CWS in Timor Zero Hunger activities in January 2017. With CWS support, they started to improve the way they grew vegetables and raised chickens, and […]

Gratitude and Shared Pride After a Decade of Partnership

CWS Cambodia | June 20, 2018

Phan Oeun is now 46 and has been a CWS partner for more than a decade from her home in northern Cambodia, where she lives with her husband, You Ron, 52, and their two grown children who were middle school age when the family first met CWS. Now Ron is a Village Livestock Agent and […]

Now We Can Also Send Our Girls to School

CWS Cambodia |

Loy Koemsat is 42 and lives with his wife, Yong Chem, who is 40, and their two daughters in northwest Cambodia. Not too long ago Koemsat earned about 20,000 Riel ($5) a day for his labor when he could find work during planting and harvesting seasons and from collecting and selling crickets and grasshoppers in […]

Introduction: Connecting Small Communities To Humanity

Ryan Shanley | May 24, 2018

For my first assignment with Church World Service I was sent to West Timor, Indonesia to photograph their project, Timor Zero Hunger. TZH is a program implemented in various villages that helps community members achieve food security through sustainable farming practices and ultimately improves daily nutrition through vegetable growth and chicken raising. Achieving food security […]

All in the Family: Cambodia

CWS Cambodia | May 18, 2018

Proeung Touch is 61 years old and he lives with his much younger wife, Vann Chhorvy, who is only 45 years old, but unable to work outside their home because of a long-term illness, which costs the family a great deal of money for treatment besides. They have four children, ages eight to 21, and […]

All in the Family: Indonesia

CWS Indonesia | May 17, 2018

Yosber Sae and Esther Kikhau are a fortysomething couple who live in a remote hamlet in far southeastern Indonesia on the island of Timor. They have three children: Riski Rivan Sae, 18; Raiden Sae, 8 and Ririn January Sae, 4. Before joining CWS-organized Timor Zero Hunger activities a few years ago, the family was raising […]

Not Quite Rags to Riches, But Close Enough!

CWS Cambodia |

Bun Ven, who is 44, lives with his wife, Heng Samoeut, who is 39, and their daughter in Tuek Kraham village in northern Cambodia. These days Ven earns a good living by rice farming and raising chickens with his family, and by helping other poor farmers work hard to improve their lives. However, when he […]

Saving for an Ever Better Future

CWS Indonesia | April 16, 2018

Jeni Liunokas, who is Mama Jeni to her friends and neighbors, is a 41-year-old mother of three children and an active member of the Fetomone women’s savings group in Enonabuasa village, West Timor. Mama Jeni and her neighbors started their group because of the Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion-funded Berdaya initiative, which is one […]

We Dream to Have a Proper House to Live In

CWS Cambodia |

Touch Oeun, 41, lives with his wife Kun Pich, 37, in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. Before getting to know CWS partner, Rural Development Association, Touch and his wife sowed and harvested vegetable twice a year. They were better off than some neighbors because of their garden; still, they often they did not have […]

The Initial Support From CWS Was Turned Into a Whole Host Of Improvements To a Family’s Daily Life.

CWS Cambodia | March 17, 2018

In 2014, as part of CWS work to help poor rural families in Cambodia improve their lives and livelihoods, Nen Aem received a rooster and four hens from CWS, which she kept healthy and productive. The next year she received vegetable seeds too, and with her hard work, ingenuity and perseverance – and thanks to […]

Farmer Groups Support Women’s Empowerment

CWS Indonesia | February 17, 2018

As part of the Timor Zero Hunger project and with help from local extension workers from their district Department of Agriculture and Food Security, 12 women from Eonfetnai hamlet of Enonabuasa village got together recently to form the Tunas Muda women farmers group. “What motivated us to establish this group was a desire to be […]

Meeting Sokhean … Seven Years On

CWS Cambodia |

CWS household partner, Veth Sokhean, is one of a surprisingly high 65% of women who run Cambodian businesses – many small and informal. She lives in Choam Ksant village in northern Cambodian with her husband Lum Loep, 33, and their three sons ages 13, 9 and 4. Loep is a wage laborer with low income […]

All in the Family

CWS Cambodia | December 19, 2017

In early 2017 the CWS team in Cambodia wrote about a girl named Chrang and her mother, Hong Khoeun who, with CWS support started a grocery shop back in 2012 when CWS was working with poor families in Kam Prak village in northern Cambodia to support them in reaching their social and economic goals as […]

Small Change Changes Lives!

CWS Indonesia | December 18, 2017

Selfiana Seu is a farmer and a Village Health Post volunteer, living with her husband, Philipus Boimau and their three children in Nekmese hamlet in West Timor. Selfiana sells her vegetable harvest weekly in a nearby village market and she also has a small business selling about 20 liters of bottled gasoline each day from […]

Getting by Better with a Little Help from My Friends

CWS Cambodia |

Charn Sour, 42, knows firsthand how socially isolating poverty can be. Sour and her husband, Chey Cham, 53, live in Ang Tboung village in western Cambodia. They have six children; her youngest sons attend primary school while her older sons work in two hours away from home. Sour’s two daughters are married with families of […]

Solidarity for Savings and Success

CWS Cambodia | October 18, 2017

In northern Cambodian, where CWS team members support our Promoting Better Lives project, a group of women have been meeting monthly for several years now to review and discuss their shared savings through Robonh Samaki, or Robonh (village) Solidarity, which is one of 49 similar groups that CWS supports. And, when families in the village […]

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