CWS Asia


Indonesia

This mother participates in Timor Zero Hunger project activities to help her son have a more nutritious diet and healthier future. Photo: CWS

Mohammed (not his real name) is a teenage refugee in Jakarta. Along with nearly 200 other children and teens who are in Indonesia without family, he is protected and cared for by CWS. Photo: CWS

Marselina and her child in her garden. Photo: CWS

Overview

CWS teams first served the people of Indonesia through the Communion of Churches in Indonesia in the 1950s. Then following decades of humanitarian and development work, and a brief hiatus in 1997, CWS partnered significantly with the U.S. government through USDA and USAID Title II funding after a series of crises, both natural and manmade, caused a dramatic increase in food prices and pervasive poverty, as well as alarmingly high malnutrition rates among young children.

As the economy has stabilized, many people’s lives and livelihoods have improved. However, there are several remaining areas of poverty, hunger and malnutrition, so CWS continues its original work through our signature Timor Zero Hunger initiative in partnership with Week of Compassion, the Henry E. Niles Foundation and other individual donors. This work also significantly funds CWS-led initiatives for the continuing response to the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear disaster.

Also in Indonesia, CWS partners with UNHCR to protect and support refugees and asylum seekers from across Asia and eastern Africa. Additionally, we partner with Act for Peace to promote school and community safety in areas prone to inclement weather and climate-related disasters.

Latest News

Finding Water

Ryan Shanley | June 1, 2018

Ryan Shanley is a humanitarian photographer who recently visited several CWS programs in Asia. This blog is part of a series of reflections on her trip. Follow Ryan on Instagram @ShanleyStudio or through her website. I was on assignment for CWS in West Timor, Indonesia. The team and I had traveled a long way on […]

Introduction: connecting small communities to humanity

Ryan Shanley | May 24, 2018

Ryan Shanley is a humanitarian photographer who recently visited several CWS programs in Asia. This blog is part of a series of reflections on her trip. Follow Ryan on Instagram @ShanleyStudio or through her website. For my first assignment with Church World Service I was sent to West Timor, Indonesia to photograph their project, Timor […]

“Already, I can see a change in the way … we view disasters and risks …”

CWS Indonesia | May 18, 2018

Surianti Todingbua is a 39-year-old nurse in a sub-district Health Center on Sulawesi island in eastern Indonesia. She is also a member of the Indonesian Red Cross North Toraja District Branch and, for two years, has been active in the SOLIDARITAS initiative, which is led by a local CWS partner, INANTA. Since she lives in […]

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 […]

I Feel Very Safe Here … Healthy and Happy

CWS Indonesia |

As unlikely as it seems for a young man with a disability (Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita) that requires he walk with crutches Mohammad (not his real name) is a sports enthusiast who works out regularly at a gym near the CWS-organize group home where he lives in Jakarta along with 39 other teens. After inviting a […]

Volunteer Teachers Work to Educate … and Inspire

CWS Indonesia | May 16, 2018

Education is one way to inspire hope among displaced and at-risk children, including those who are separated from their families as refugees and asylum seekers in foreign countries far from their homelands. Nowhere is this more evident than in Jakarta, Indonesia, where CWS staff see that there is a thirst for education among the multicultural […]

CWS Indonesia Reviews and Renews Focus on Disaster Management, Emergency Preparedness and Child Safeguarding

CWS Indonesia | May 8, 2018

Our CWS Indonesia team has just wrapped up an eventful week in Makassar, South Sulawesi with 35 colleagues from our key partner, Act for Peace (Australia), the ACT Alliance Indonesia Forum, local non-government and government agencies as well as CWS Japan who came together for a series of meetings and workshops about disaster management. Highlights […]

The Reason We Are Here in the First Place

CWS Indonesia | April 17, 2018

For unaccompanied refugee children living in CWS-hosted group homes in Jakarta, Indonesia, soccer means something different than in many places. Played most by boys seeking asylum and safety from war-torn countries around the world, soccer represents a real kind of freedom – if only momentary freedom from worry and fear about the future. While all […]

It Takes a Village

CWS Indonesia | April 16, 2018

To be prepared to respond to natural disasters, especially mudslides and localized floods from too-heavy rains, it is most important, Father Yos concludes, to maintain coordination – not only among individual people taking action but also among organizations and groups, like local government and the Indonesian Red Cross, which are responsible for people’s survival and […]

Saving for an Ever Better Future

CWS Indonesia |

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 Become a Climate Resilient Community

CWS Indonesia | March 15, 2018

Living in a remote area prone to landslides and far from any town or city, people in North Belau village in South Sulawesi face many challenges. Frederik Kumbun has been North Belau’s leader for more than 10 years, and during this time the 47-year-old has seen his village become more vulnerable than ever to disasters […]

Highlights/Key Accomplishments For The Year 2017

CWS Indonesia | February 20, 2018

* CWS partner, Act for Peace (Australia), has committed to fund a 3-year disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation action project, Disaster Resilience through Enhanced Adaptive Measures to support communities in South Sulawesi in building adaptive response capacities, reducing risks presented by ongoing climate change and building resilience. * Access to public schools for […]

A Place To Live, Learn, And Play

CWS Indonesia | February 18, 2018

On a rainy Jakarta afternoon Mohammad* and Ahmad* (*not their real names), who are asylum-seeking teens from Darfur, Sudan, are sitting on the balcony of their CWS-hosted group home passing the time by drawing in their sketch books. Ahmad is a very talented sketch artist and he is teaching Mohammad. They both have lived in […]

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 […]

Exploring Alternatives to Detention for Unaccompanied and Separated Refugee Children

CWS Indonesia | February 16, 2018

In support of the 200+ asylum-seeking and refugee children CWS hosts in Jakarta, PURE Program Manager Andi Juanda recently joined an EU-funded / UNHCR-organized Alternatives to Detention Learning Program, which convened program experts from the UNHCR and a variety of organizations involved in campaigning and advocating for alternatives to detention for children; and, like CWS, […]

A Village Midwife Expands Her Role

CWS Indonesia | February 15, 2018

Marsya Karangan is the midwife in Likulambe village in the remote north of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. At age 33 she is also Likulambe’s Disaster Risk Reduction Forum Health Unit Coordinator, which is a big responsibility for a young woman. Being active in the Forum has given Marsya the opportunity to learn many new things – […]

Making the Best of a Bad Situation … and Finding Joy in the Bargain

CWS Indonesia | December 19, 2017

Shawqi is a Sudanese refugee who reached Indonesia six years ago seeking refugee only to find himself homeless and scavenging for food. He had Dengue fever for a while, too, but survived and found his way to the protection of the CWS-led initiative to care for the most vulnerable of asylum seekers in Jakarta. And, […]

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 […]

ACT Indonesia Forum Members Preparing For An Additional Response In The Event Of Mount Agung’s Large Eruption

CWS Indonesia | November 26, 2017

On November 25th Indonesia’s Mount Agung, which is on Bali island, erupted for the second time in a week. The government has raised its warning for citizens and visitors to the highest possible level because a larger and more devastating eruption may be imminent. ACT Indonesia Forum members YEU (YAKKUM), ICCO-Cooperation and Lutheran World Relief […]

It Takes a Village!

CWS Indonesia | November 18, 2017

Antonia (Nia) Nomlene is a 28-year-old mother of two from Saenam village in West Timor. Last year, Nia volunteered as a facilitator in the SOLIDARITAS initiative to help make Saenam a Government-designated Disaster Resilient Village; and since then, supported by CWS and partner, Gerbangmas, Nia has been helping her neighbors and local government workers learn […]

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