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

CWS Is Coordinating with Humanitarian Partners to Respond to Indonesia’s Latest Earthquake and Tsunami

CWS Indonesia | October 2, 2018

Immediately after the news of Saturday’s (29th September 2018) twin natural disasters hitting Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, CWS staff were in action to partner with ACT Alliance and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia colleagues to determine how best to respond in the immediate aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami it caused. Additionally, CWS Japan colleagues […]

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

CWS Indonesia | September 20, 2018

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 […]

“Take the Chances You Are Given”

CWS Indonesia |

Abdo (not his real name) is the youngest of 8 children in a Sudanese family, and he was just one year old when his mother and siblings had to flee with him to a refugee camp after their village was burned down in the ongoing sectarian violence that plagues their country. Abdo lived in the […]

An Ounce of Prevention …

CWS Indonesia | September 19, 2018

Yohanis Toding started working for his local government in North Belau village in 1999 when he was 28; and, since 2005, he has been the Deputy Chairman of the North Belau village parliament***, which led to his election as Chairman of the North Belau Village Disaster Preparedness Team last year. “Joining activities in partnership with […]

Lombok Earthquake: Eight Days Later

Mathilde Hutagaol | August 21, 2018

“I live near the beach. I am too afraid to go back to my house right now – that’s why I stayed with my two sons here in the camp. My husband is a fisherman. He went fishing today but only caught 10 fish, which isn’t enough to be sold to buy milk for my […]

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 […]

LembangBau Will Be A “Disaster Prepared” Village!

CWS Indonesia | August 19, 2018

Oktovina Sari Andilolois a Village Disaster Preparedness Facilitator in LembangBau village in South Sulawesi; and she came to hold this important position when she first heard about a disaster resilience initiative called DREAM. “When I first heard about the DREAM project I was immediately interested. My neighbors and I talked about our experience with disasters […]

What I Learned: Someone Who Is ‘Different’ Is Not Necessarily ‘Bad’

CWS Indonesia |

In July, CWS partnered with Kampus Diakonia Modern, a local foundation that supports street children in Jakarta, to bring 33 unaccompanied and separated refugee children (UASC) together with 35 Indonesian children for two days of fun through sports, arts and crafts activities and cultural sharing and learning. Among many options, the Indonesian children wanted to […]

UN OCHA Situation Report #3 on the Earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on 5th August 2018

Indonesia | August 10, 2018

1. The latest figures were issued by BNPB late this afternoon (9 August), and showed 270,168 people displaced and 1,033 people seriously injured. Displaced people are spread across 121 evacuation centres across North Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram City. The number of recorded deaths has reached 259 people. The earthquake has also damaged […]

UN OCHA Situation Report #2 on the Earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on 5th August 2018

Indonesia | August 7, 2018

1. In the press conference convened by BNPB today, 7 August 2018 at 13:00 hrs. the agency’s spokesperson reported that the number of victims continues to increase. Interim data collected by the BNPB Command Post recorded that 105 people died, 236 people were injured, thousands of houses were damaged and thousands of people are scattered […]

CWS Liaising with Local Partners in Response to Earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia

CWS Indonesia | August 6, 2018

When a second earthquake within a week struck Lombok, Indonesia yesterday, 5th August 2018, CWS staff were immediately in touch with ACT Alliance colleagues from YAKKUM Emergency Unit and Pelkesi, both ACT Alliance members, which are already responding to the less damaging July 29th quake and are ready to respond to this latest disaster. According to […]

UN OCHA Situation Report #1 on the Earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on 5th August 2018

Indonesia |

1. BMKG reported an earthquake of magnitude 7 RS with the epicenter at 15 km depth and 18 km north-west of East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday, 5 August 2018 at 18.46 Western Indonesian Time. There have been a number of aftershocks, with the largest being 6.9 RS. A tsunami warning was activated with […]

Knowledge Is Power

CWS Indonesia | July 23, 2018

Doris Datupasau is from Lembang Pondingao village in a far northern district on the island of Sulawesi province in eastern Indonesia. Doris and her husband are farmers who have five children. “We plant rice primarily, and some coffee and cocoa, in our fields, and our family income is solely from selling these crops. However, over […]

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 […]

A Hopeful Start for New Refugee Teachers

CWS Indonesia | June 20, 2018

Recently about 100 unaccompanied and separated refugee children, both boys and girls, who live in three CWS-supported group homes in Jakarta started new classes in the group homes. It was an exciting time not only for the students, who were ending a two-week break and were eager to resume learning, but also for five new […]

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness and Response Teams in Tana Toraja

CWS Indonesia |

Henra Rante Allo is a 40-year-old member of the Disaster Preparedness Team (TAGANA is the Indonesian acronym) in Tana Toraja District of South Sulawesi – a team that was created by the Ministry of Social Affairs several years ago as part of a nationwide program designed to support community volunteers for disaster preparedness and response. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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