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


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

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 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 […]

Big Changes and Better Daily Life for Thung village Primary School Teachers and Students

CWS Vietnam | September 13, 2017

In rural Vietnam, schools often have satellite schools – especially for early primary grades – so young children can go to school close to their remote villages. For example, the satellite school in Thung village, where CWS supports educational development activities, is about 10 kilometers from Lang Chanh town. The road between the town and […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia: Dedicated Leadership Helps Everyone Succeed

CWS Cambodia | September 12, 2017

More than five years after CWS transitioned from active engagement win Ti Pou commune in central Cambodia, Chhay You, who is now 59 and the Commune Chief, is proud to continue helping his neighbors and friends as the work each day to secure better lives for themselves and their children. You was Commune Chief when, […]

“I will make one for my home … and others”

Ngo Quoc Dung - CWS Vietnam | September 11, 2017

I met Nguyen Thi Thu on a gray morning when I joined a NEW IDEA-supported workshop about biosand water filtration, which was co-hosted for three days by CWS in partnership with the Dai Tu Health Center. By the time I visited, hands-on teaching and learning was underway with a session in the Center’s backyard where […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia One Family at a Time

CWS Cambodia | September 6, 2017

Mrs. Chab Heang, who is 61, lives in Ballangk Kroam village central Cambodia with her son Kriya, who is 30. Heang and her husband, who was the family’s main income earner, divorced some years ago so now Heang and her son work as wage laborers planting, and then harvesting, corn and potatoes on their neighbor’s […]

100-plus Biosand Filters Built Together with Communities in Northern Vietnam!

CWS Vietnam | September 4, 2017

When we look back on 2017, the CWS team in Vietnam will remember that it was one of important growth when our work expanded to include teaching and learning about safer water from improved water filtration and storage. To support this new direction for our community partnerships, a series of education and training sessions about […]

Flood Recovery Brings Lasting Improvements for 85 Myanmar Families

CWS Myanmar | August 18, 2017

Some basic rebuilding in communities that were flooded last July in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region has improved the lives of 85 families in 2 villages of Maubin township, which is due West of Yangon. With the support of Japan’s Felissimo company, 10 families now have safer and more secure houses to live in because basic tin […]

After A Long Wait, Safe Water Is at Hand

CWS Indonesia |

In 2012 a landslide damaged a community well in Noemuke village in West Timor, forcing people to get their water from a river more than ½ mile away from the village. The river is used for washing clothes and bathing, but also for defecating, so it is harmful to everyone’s health, especially children’s. Five years […]

“The project has helped our school a lot!”

CWS Vietnam |

By NQ Dung Vietnam Country Representative This is what I usually hear during my visits to schools where CWS works in one of the most difficult areas of Vietnam – its Northwest region. And, yes, it is true that it is very difficult to keep children in school in this mountainous area where many different […]

A Precious Gift for Ma The Phyu

CWS Myanmar | August 17, 2017

Forty-year-old U Tun Naing is married to Ma Aye Htay, who is 37, and they live with their seven children, who are 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 6 and 3 years old – in an unusually large family for Myanmar. The children who are 14, 12 and 6 are in school while their older siblings […]

It Takes a Village Health Worker … and Team Work

CWS Vietnam |

By NQ Dung Vietnam Country Representative I always feel good each time I return to Vang San village: not only because the village is so clean as a result of CWS environmental sanitation partnering, but also because of the man friendly people here, including Hieng. Hieng, 47, is from the Thai ethnic group and looks […]

Enjoyment and Satisfaction in Being a Change Agent

CWS Cambodia |

CWS first met Chantha in January 2017 when he became a Community WASH Focal Persons for his village, Rung Chrey, in northwest Cambodia. Through CWS partner, Rural Development Association, Chantha joined with CWS Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Training Resource Center trainers to learn the basics about WASH promotion, including working to develop the skills […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia: Better Lives Indeed for Touch and His Family

CWS Cambodia | June 12, 2017

Touch Oeun, 41, lives with his wife Kun Pich, 37, and their 9-year-old son in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. Also staying with the family are the 3- and 7-year-old daughters of Touch’s niece because she has migrated to the Thai border for work. The two older children go to the local school. The […]

Key Members of Vietnam’s WASH Working Group Welcome A Canadian WASH Training Expert to Expand Their Knowledge and Skills

CWS Vietnam | June 11, 2017

In May CWS joined with Plan International and other members of Vietnam’s NGO WASH working group for a 5-day training course on “Delivering Effective WASH Training”. Lena Bunzenmeyer, an experienced technical adviser and trainer from the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology , led the workshop, which focused on increasing practical knowledge and improving […]

Presbyterian Church USA Colleagues Visit Vietnam … Confirm Support

CWS Vietnam | May 17, 2017

In early April, the CWS Vietnam hosted Dr. Barry Dawson and Mrs. Shelly Dawson, the Presbyterian Church (USA) Regional Liaisons for Southeast Asia, in Lang Chanh district about 120 miles south of Hanoi. There, the Dawsons, who live in Bangkok, met a number of people and saw “before and after” projects in several villages. At […]

“Community WASH Promotion” Workshop Promoted by CWS in Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | May 16, 2017

To support CROP’s Integrated Community Development initiative, several members of our CWS team in Myanmar were fortunate to join 15 civil society colleagues in adding to their understanding of effective Community WASH Promotion during a 4-day workshop that CWS co-hosted with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). This was the third in […]

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