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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

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

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

CWS Team and Partners Join Indonesia’s National Day for Disaster Preparedness

CWS Indonesia | May 18, 2017

Recently, SOLIDARITAS project teams in Tana Toraja and West Timor joined three events for the National Day for Disaster Preparedness organized nationwide by Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). All three events, though quite different from each other, highlighted progress through the project, which is funded by the Australian government through ACT Alliance member, Act […]

Another West Timor Family Moves To a Healthier Diet and Toward a Better Life

CWS Indonesia | May 13, 2017

Orance Nenoliu lives with her husband Yakobus Tualaka and their two children in Saenam village, West Timor. With support from CWS, 33-year-old Orance is learning about home gardening and raising chickens so she and her family have more food and a more diverse diet for better health. Along with others in her village, Orance has […]

It Was a Long and Difficult Journey … I Feel Much Safer Now

CWS Indonesia | May 7, 2017

Aziz* is from Afgooye in Somalia, and his story echoes that of many other boys who flee their country to get away from a militia trying to make them join their ranks. Also, like many others, after a long journey through Malaysia, he arrived alone in Indonesia and found his way to the United Nations […]

“I hope to build my good future”

CWS Indonesia | April 11, 2017

Feisal* has no memory of his parents and siblings because he was barely one year old when they were killed in their Somali home, and his grandmother fled with him to safety and to raise him on her own. Then, a few years ago, when he was 20, tragedy struck again. “One day, the only […]

“These Children Need Very Special Care”

CWS Indonesia | April 8, 2017

The Community Health Center (Puskesmas) in Oekam village, West Timor, in the only clinic for people from 10 villages in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) district, and Vera Kuli has been working there for the past six years. Part of her role is monitoring children’s nutritional status in all 10 villages; and, in this role, she […]

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