CWS Asia


The participants of the Code of Conduct Writers’ Workshop. Photo: CWS


Refugee children in a camp along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Photo: Leslie Wilson / CWS

Overview |

In Thailand, CWS partners with the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) in two key ways. First, a successful and growing child protection initiative funded by CWS members and other private donors engages children and adult duty bearers in ensuring child safeguarding in all CCT institutions: schools, churches and hospitals. The signature achievement of the initiative, which started in 2016 with the landmark adoption of Church of Christ in Thailand Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct Policy, is for each church district and school to be certified as a Child Safeguarding Organization. In addition, CWS has helped the Church leverage US government funding through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program, for a new Kwai River Christin Hospital. This tertiary care facility is near the Myanmar border in west-central Thailand. Set to open in 2021, the hospital replaces a small, old facility on the site of a 1970-build missionary clinic founded by CWS members.

Also, in Thailand, CWS is a funder and Board of Directors member to The Border Consortium which protects and supports asylum seekers who live inside Thailand in remote closed settlements along the Thai-Myanmar border: southeast Myanmar and west-central Thailand.

As the site of the CWS regional office for Asia, Thailand is the center of shared humanitarian response activities across the region, when needed.

Latest News

Highlights/Key Accomplishments For The Year 2017

CWS Thailand | February 20, 2018

CWS support to The Church of Christ in Thailand resulted in significant new activities and successes in sharing the officially adopted Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct (2016) to churches, schools and hospitals in west-central and northern Thailand as well as Bangkok. Two new Child Safeguarding Program Officers were hired for secondment to The Church, and […]

CWS Hosted a Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding Information-Sharing Session

CWS Thailand | November 8, 2017

Recently, the CWS Thailand child protection project team, who work with The Church of Christ in Thailand, hosted a Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding information-sharing session for four new volunteer teachers from Nagaland. Since the young women will be teaching in schools that follow the Church’s child safeguarding policy, CWS team members Suchawalee (Bon, […]

Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct In Karen Language Is Issued by CCT and CWS

CWS Thailand | October 17, 2017

Recently, CWS colleagues Suchawalee (Bon) Mankhong and Ponsawan (Cake) Lysoowan, who are seconded to work with the Office of Child Protection at The Church of Christ in Thailand, traveled to west-central Thailand to lead an information-sharing session about the CCT Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct. Since many church members in the six Thai provinces whose […]

Momentum Grows for The Church of Christ in Thailand’s Child Safeguarding Initiative

CWS Thailand | June 13, 2017

Now that The Church of Christ in Thailand has finalized its Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, CWS is supporting a follow-on initiative for three child safeguarding specialists to reach out to communities within the Church – schools, hospitals and congregations – to review and understand the details of the Code of Conduct. Altogether, the Church […]

Hope, resilience and innovation on the Thailand-Myanmar border

Leslie Wilson | November 7, 2016

For more than 20 years, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from Myanmar (Burma) have lived inside Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border – next to their country yet far from their homes . Last week, I visited one refugee camp that is home to about 6,000 people, mainly from the Karen ethnic group, who live […]

New Kwai River Christian Hospital will be built

Thailand | October 18, 2016

In Thailand, our staff are partnering with The Church of Christ in Thailand to prepare to build a new Kwai River Christian Hospital. The original clinic dates to the 1960s and served patients from among highly vulnerable people living in near the Thai-Myanmar border. Most patients are displaced and undocumented ethnic minorities from Myanmar, and […]

Finalizing the Church’s child protection code of conduct

Thailand | August 6, 2016

Leaders from The Church of Christ in Thailand, a key partner of CWS in Asia, are finalizing the Church’s child protection code of conduct in partnership with key university and government advisors. The code’s formal adoption by Church leaders is on track for later this year.

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