CWS Asia


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Quan Chu primary students now practice good behaviors thanks for a new toilet built by CWS. Photo: CWS

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In Cambodia, you’re helping communities construct concrete ring wells so families can access safe water for home use, including bathing! Clean, safe water. Smiling families. A job well done. Photo: CWS

Increased water, sanitation and hygiene support not only improves the overall health of a community, but can also create dramatic improvements in areas like education, livelihoods, and food security.

With the task of retrieving water falling mostly to women and children, the often extreme distance and queues for water significantly impacts every aspect of family life. In particularly vulnerable environments the cost of neglecting these necessities can create a larger price in the lives of community members who struggle with ongoing hardships.

In addition to safe water, the provision of sanitation and the transfer of hygiene knowledge is often equally critical when responding to disasters or fostering healthier communities.

Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam

Latest News

Sanitary latrines, in return, facilitate community development!

CWS Vietnam | September 20, 2018

When I joined the celebration in Na Dan #1 village for their certification as a “Community with outstanding achievement in obtaining Open Defecation Free status”, I could see the happiness and excitement on the face of each person I met, especially Lo Van Nhoi, the young head of the village. Before the celebration day, Nhoi […]

“Every family had to send someone to walk for an hour to collect water …”

CWS Indonesia |

Mateos Missa, who is 33, chairs the Oe Sustana Water User Committee in West Timor. He is a farmer and lives in Nitutoli hamlet in Saenam village with his wife, Yufita Sio, their toddler, Mercy and their newborn, Misa. In Nitutoli there are 83 families – about 400 people in all. As Chair of the […]

Time After Time: CWS Support for Improved Hygiene and Sanitation Praised

CWS Cambodia | September 19, 2018

In early 2018 the CWS Cambodia team was able to support 11 primary schools in Preah Vihear Province of northern Cambodia with tried-and-true water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs to support better basic health and wellbeing for 2,613 students. Recently, gratitude to CWS for our WASH program support came from one of the 69 teachers […]

Facing the Complex Challenges of Poverty in Rural Cambodia: Hope Springs Eternal

CWS Cambodia | July 24, 2018

Nhep* and her husband Oeun* lead one of seven landless families in their village in western Cambodia – and being landless is only one of the challenges they face. Nhep and Oeun have five children ranging from three to 20 years old. One of their biggest challenges is the fact that Nhep, Oeun and their […]

“I want all the women to have a better understanding of good health and hygiene.”

CWS Cambodia | July 22, 2018

Noun Rany, who is 29 years old, lives in Tumpung Cheung village in western Cambodia with her rice farmer husband, Hing Ryna, who is 33 and their two daughters, who are 9 and 2. Rany joined CWS-supported development activities in late 2016 to help her family improves its situation, and now she is very active […]

Biosand water filtration, one step at a time

CWS Vietnam | June 21, 2018

By Nguyen Van Ty and Ngo Quoc Dung. Recently, I (Ty) had a chance to visit Truong Quoc Hoan and his family in Nha May village in Quan Chu commune in northern Vietnam. As his parents’ first son, Hoan, who is 47, his wife and their two children live with his parents in a traditional […]

“I thought the training would be easy. But …”

CWS Myanmar | June 20, 2018

To continue helping villages in Maubin Township in Southwest Myanmar, the CWS team once again worked with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (www.cawst.org) further strengthen sanitation in flood-prone villages where CWS has been partnering with families for several years to help them affordably improve sanitation in schools and at home. In a […]

Everybody Poops. And Everybody Should Have a Dignified Place To Do It.

Ryan Shanley | June 19, 2018

Imagine I have a bottle of water. There’s a plastic seal on the cap. I unwrap the plastic seal, twist off the cap and take a sip. You wouldn’t see anything wrong with that, the bottle of water is clean. Now, imagine I take a piece of hair and place it in a piece of […]

Finding Water

Ryan Shanley | June 1, 2018

I was on assignment for CWS in West Timor, Indonesia. The team and I had traveled a long way on our first day to visit a village and the surrounding sub hamlets. Our focus was the Timor Zero Hunger project and chicken vaccinations. When we were in the village we had to drive across a […]

“For Almost 20 Years, We Did Not Know This Basic Information”

CWS Vietnam | April 16, 2018

By Mai Thi Quynh Giao, Administration-Finance Manager, and Leslie Wilson, Asia Regional Director. Mrs. Lo Thi Cay is 55 and she lives in Na Dan #1 village in Than Uyen district in remote northern Vietnam. Fortunately, she is not among the poorest people in the village: her family has some land for rice farming, a […]

Success Builds on Success: One Family Succeeds in Improving Its Life

CWS Myanmar | March 16, 2018

Ma Khaing is a 39-year-old mother of 5 children and, besides the huge job of being a mother and homemaker, she has an added job selling fish. Ko Ye Tun, who is Ma Khaing’s 36-year-old husband, works as a wage laborer and fisherman. Their children’s ages span 17 years, starting with Yamin Hlaing, who is […]

Ensuring Dignity in Health Care Service Increases Service Use

CWS Cambodia | March 15, 2018

When CWS partner, Rural Development Association (RDA), staff started working in Chroy Sdao commune in western Cambodia two years ago, the health center was in great disrepair. The most alarming indicator of the clinic’s poor situation was the lack of a functioning toilet – at a health clinic! Still the health center staff was meant […]

Team Work for Clean Water in Na Dinh!

Tran Van Thang - CWS Vietnam | February 19, 2018

Na Dinh is a remote mountain village with a small satellite kindergarten where 50 very young children spend their whole day – learning, having meals and playing while their parents are working. Some time back, I met with Teacher Ha Thi Thao, who is from another province and had been teaching in Na Dinh for […]

A Little Help from Our Friends

CWS Cambodia | February 18, 2018

Pann Srey Touch, 23, lives with her husband, Doeun Tith, 25, and their two-year-old daughter in Teuk Kraham village in northern Cambodia. They are farmers with a small land plot where they grow rice, cassava, eggplant, citronella and basil. They sell the cassava locally for about $450 per season, and the other crops they keep […]

Safe Water in Rural Vietnam – One Biosand Filter at a Time

CWS Vietnam | December 19, 2017

Chu Thi Minh, 35, is of Dao ethnicity and she lives in Yen Binh village, a very remote mountain district in northern Vietnam. There are four people in her family: her husband and their children, who are 7th and 5th graders. The family earns a living by growing rice, corn and cassava on a hill […]

Changing Habits, Improving Health in Vietnam

Ngo Quoc Dung - CWS Vietnam | November 19, 2017

I had a chance, after quite some time, to return to Khe Cua 2 village in Thai Nguyen province in northern Vietnam. CWS partnered with communities in the area to address health and environmental sanitation concerns. Walking down clean village roads, I noticed immediately that the village has changed since my previous visit. There is […]

An Enduring Legacy of CWS, Week of Compassion and Cambodian NGO Partnership

CWS Cambodia |

In 2010-2011, the Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion funded Lending a Helping Hand – an initiative in Battambang, northwest Cambodia that was led by a Cambodian NGO, the Association for Development for Our Villagers’ Rights. There were many and varied accomplishments from the project, which supported basic health services, hand pump wells, community leader […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia: Stories of Success and Change Continue

CWS Cambodia | November 18, 2017

Eighty percent-plus of Cambodians live in rural areas, and more than 40% of these people have no access to improved water sources https://www.wssinfo.org. Poor sanitation is endemic with 50% of people defecating in the open (Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey, 2014). These circumstances, plus poor household hygiene leads to many preventable diseases and to a […]

Sometimes You Can Do More for Yourself Than You Think!

CWS Vietnam | November 16, 2017

Po A Hu is a young La Hu man who, after marriage, moved from his own village to his wife’s, where he now lives with their young son and his elderly mother-in-law. Their small house was just built about three years ago, but there is no latrine because their family has neither the right land […]

Asia WASH Learning Exchange

CWS | November 7, 2017

On November 7th, following a one-day ‘talkshop’ in Yangon, Myanmar, where members of CWS water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) teams from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam shared details, and talked about successes and challenges, in our work in these countries, the team left for Maubin to meet with families and communities who benefit from CWS […]

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