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

“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 […]

One Boy’s ‘Internal Advocacy’ For His Family’s Wellbeing

CWS Cambodia | May 10, 2017

Chhaem Chhoeng, 11, lives with his parents, who are farmers, and his older brother Chhaem Poh, who is 14) in a small village in central Cambodia. Chhoeng attends primary school with around 200 other children and he recently joined his school’s WASH awareness raising activities where he was happy to lean about different water safety, […]

Let Me Tell You Something

Nguyen Lan Anh - CWS Vietnam | April 2, 2017

Ha is a fourth grader in Quan Chu primary, and I noticed her during a break between classes as she finished washing her hands at the new basin near the school toilets. She noticed me, a visitor, too, and happily shared this story with me: “Our crowded school, you know, used to have one toilet […]

Clean Water Supports Better Health

CWS Cambodia | March 12, 2017

Recently, Promoting Better Lives (PBL) project partner, Rural Development Association (RDA), supported the community by distributing water filters to 269 families from 17 villages. One recipient was Mrs. Haeuy Sreymao who is 26 and lives with her two young children in Ang Chueng village in northwest Cambodia. Her husband Eng Noeun, 37, has is a […]

Teachers Help Protect and Improve Vietnam Village School and Home Environments

CWS Vietnam | February 20, 2017

Thi Hong is a teacher of the Tam Van kindergarten who recently joined an info-sharing workshop about domestic waste management that was organized by CWS staff and partners. Together with her 25 colleagues and her some of her students’ parents, Hong explored the health and environmental risks and threats from unhealthy habits ranging from overuse […]

CWS Support Helps a Community WASH Volunteer Excel

CWS Cambodia | February 18, 2017

Mr. Nub Chantha became a Focal Person in his community, Rung Chrey village, in August 2016 when he joined CWS WASH TRC trainers to learn the basics about WASH promotion and then to work to develop the skills he needs to lead community education activities. From having little knowledge of the subject of water and […]

Building latrines, ending open defecation in Vietnam

CWS | January 23, 2017

Latrines. If you always have access to a toilet, you may not think it’s a big deal. For the 35 percent of the world’s people who don’t have indoor toilets or outdoor latrines, though, it’s a huge deal. This is certainly true in Vietnam, where 20 million people do not have access to sanitary latrines. […]

Elevated hand pumps mean year-round clean water access in Myanmar

CWS | January 20, 2017

In the heart of Inn Ma Su village, there is a huge, sturdy tree in the middle of a large clearing. There’s a sign on the tree that makes very little sense for many months of the year. It asks that you drive boats slowly in the vicinity. During the rainy season, though, the importance […]

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