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Demonstration of water rescue in an SOLIDARITAS event in Indonesia. Photo: CWS

Ibu Orance raising chickens. Photo: CWS

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 UMCOR. 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

Community Centers: A Safe Space for Children to Learn Lessons of All Kinds

CWS Indonesia | November 18, 2017

In two Jakarta neighborhoods, Community Centers have for some years offered welcoming and safe spaces for refugees and asylum seekers to meet and work together to improve their daily lives – despite the many challenges they and their families and neighbors face. The Centers offer all who are interested a chance to access information, to […]

It Takes a Village!

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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 […]

Empowerment to Address Early Marriage and Pregnancy in West Timor

CWS Indonesia |

Nuryadin Selan is the headmaster of the junior high school in Oebaki village in remote West Timor, where teenage pregnancies and early marriage are a serious concern. “At one point, I had only 30 girl students in my three classes because so many had dropped out,” noted Ms. Selan during a recent workshop about adolescent […]

Through Solidarity, Community Early Warning Systems Are in Place … And a Good Place to Start

CWS Indonesia | November 17, 2017

Natural disasters are sadly to common in Lembang on Sulawesi island, as they are in countless Indonesian villages. Over the years landslides and fires have repeatedly claimed lives and destroyed village infrastructure. But now, with CWS support in SOLIDARITAS, community member and local government are taking steps together to make Lembang a disaster resilient village. […]

Partnership and Solidarity Toward Better Disaster Management

CWS Indonesia | October 16, 2017

In South Sulawesi, CWS and our partner INANTA continue supporting local government in through the SOLIDARITAS project, which helps them keep meeting milestones along the road to improved risk management in the face of many different threats from climate change. Recently, the Toraja Utara government, took additional steps to its strengthen disaster response capacity, including […]

A Five-Year Journey Toward Hope

CWS Indonesia |

With support from the Australian government, CWS continues a group home for refugee and asylum-seeking girls and young women in Jakarta; and one of the girls is Fatima (not her real name) who was 9 when she lost her parents as war engulfed the part of Somalia where they lived. After staying with strangers and […]

One Small Part of the “Zero Hunger” Equation

CWS Indonesia |

Abdonia Liufeto is a young farmer in Saenam village in West Timor; she and her husband, Absadon Tefa have a daughter, Anisa, who is almost two years old. Saenam, like villages in this remote part of eastern Indonesia, is perennial prone to polar opposite natural disasters: drought and floods. And, access to clean water is […]

ACT Indonesia Forum Preparing To Respond If Bali’s Mt. Agung Volcano Erupts

CWS Indonesia | October 2, 2017

Since September 22nd, Mt. Agung on Indonesia’s Bali island has shown increased volcanic activity, prompting the government to order the evacuation of around 75,000 people living nearby. Today, ACT Indonesia Forum members YEU (YAKKUM), ICCO-Cooperation and Lutheran World Relief are on the ground in Bali assessing the situation to identify possible gaps in the assistance […]

Water Matters

CWS Indonesia | September 13, 2017

The 30 families in Eonfetnai hamlet in West Timor, Indonesia live, like many other villagers in the area, is a drought prone area. Until 2013, the hamlet had only one water source – an unprotected spring that, when it filled up, was contaminated by dirt, falling leaves and animal droppings. In the dry season, there […]

Solidarity for Community Awareness and Action to Cope with Disasters

CWS Indonesia | September 9, 2017

“Our district [in the north of South Sulawesi island] is often hit by natural disasters like floods, landslides and drought. In the past, there were no resources from the district government or anybody else to deal with disasters, so we worked together as volunteers in our community when a disaster struck. In the past, we […]

Refugee Teens from Somalia Join Their Neighbors to Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day!

CWS Indonesia | September 7, 2017

Across their vast and diverse nation, Indonesians gathered recently to celebrate their Independence Day with parades, sports competitions and games and, of course, celebratory speeches. In Jakarta this year, there were some unfamiliar faces in the celebrating crowds as many refugee children joined their neighborhood Independence Day parades. Among the refugees were 16-year-old Said, who […]

After A Long Wait, Safe Water Is at Hand

CWS Indonesia | August 18, 2017

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 […]

Taking Stock of Disaster Management Success to Date

CWS Indonesia | August 17, 2017

In July, a mid-term evaluation of the SOLIDARITAS project in South Sulawesi Province was done to assess CWS and local NGO partner, INANTA, success in helping the Pamgkung Batu become a disaster resilient village. “Initially the community did not have much knowledge about disaster preparedness and mitigation. [Even though they experience floods and landslides often.] […]

Celebrating Diversity and Harmony Alike

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In a first-ever partnership for World Refugee Day, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration joined the CWS PURE team and the UNHCR to co-host a two-day celebration for refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta. Activities were as diverse as a discussion of a Presidential Regulation that reaffirms the Indonesian government’s commitment to protect asylum seekers and […]

Vegetable Variety for Better Wellbeing and Stronger Livelihoods in West Timor

CWS Indonesia | August 1, 2017

Marselina Toa Uran and Paulus Baifeto are farmers in Noemuke in West Timor. Like countless villages across the region, Noemuke is prone to drought and, as a result, high has levels of food insecurity – meaning extended time periods when the family does not have enough food, never mind nutritious food, to eat. This is […]

Learning More and Preparing Better for Disaster Response in Indonesia

CWS Indonesia | July 26, 2017

Elisabeth is a farmer from Bo’ne Buntusisong village in Tana Toraja District of South Sulawesi province. The village, like countless others in Indonesia, is prone to disasters, particularly landslides. Following a particularly damaging 2016 landslide that destroyed farm land and road access, effectively cutting the village off for a number of weeks, CWS worked to […]

Fostering a Culture of Foster Caring Among Refugees

CWS Indonesia | July 24, 2017

As part of an ongoing effort to find suitable foster parents for unaccompanied and separated refugee children (UASC) in Jakarta, CWS recently hosted a one-day Good Parenting workshop for potential foster parents. Also joining the workshop were couples who are already foster parents as well as some of the children they have welcome into their […]

One Community Leader Steps Up to Accelerate Progress in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Readiness

CWS Indonesia | June 13, 2017

Kayuosing village lies at the foot of Mount Sado’ko’ in Tana Toraja District on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island in the country’s southeast. The district is very mountainous and has frequent landslides. As one community leader put it, “Not a day goes by here without a landslide somewhere.” In 2007 a landslide hit Kayuosing’s elementary school; luckily […]

A Farmer Group Plans For Expansion Using Collective Savings

CWS Indonesia | June 12, 2017

Daniel Liunokas heads the year-old, 14-member Fetomone farmers group in Enonabuasa village in West Timor, Indonesia. The group formed itself as part of the Timor Zero Hunger initiative, which CWS supports to help subsistence farm families on remote southwest Timor island have more, and more nutritious, food and better lives in general. “With support from […]

Somali Sisters Safe and Secure in Jakarta To Observe Ramadan with Their Countrywomen

CWS Indonesia | June 10, 2017

When the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, began in May this year, 19-year-old Somali native, Zaenab, who lives in a CWS-managed group home for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Jakarta, was among those who joined the fast. Like thousands of others in the Somali Diaspora in Yemen, Zaenab and her younger sister fled the violence and […]

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