We're proud to work with families and communities in six Southeast Asian countries to help them improve their lives. That includes Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
We make sure that the people in our programs have the information and resources that they need. We hold community information sessions on topics like nutrition, hygiene and emergency preparedness. We offer hands-on training on solutions like water filters and sanitary toilets. And we work with communities to plan for responding to emergencies. When disaster strikes, we’re there to help communities recover.
In Japan, we support the advocacy, disaster response and outreach work of CWS Japan.
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When the Land turns to Liquid
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, in September 2018. It triggered tsunamis and a phenomenon called liquefaction, when the ground literally turns to liquid. It moved entire villages, swallowed houses and destroyed infrastructure.
We immediately began to mobilize a response. Soon we were delivering water to thousands of families each day, distributing critical supplies and promoting hygiene among displaced families. As weeks turned to months, we focused on helping families build transitional shelters, build or repair water systems, and build sanitary bathrooms.
Building Latrines in Nam Vai Village Vietnam
In the village of Nam Vai, high in the mountains of Phuc Than commune in Vietnam, 80 families from the Mong ethnic minority group live with minimal access to water and sanitation. As of June 2021 only 10 families in the village had latrines, with most villagers relieving themselves daily along streams and forest edges. Trang Thi So, 27, and …
Helpful supplies when they were needed most
When Cyclone Seroja slammed into Timor-Leste and Indonesia in April 2021, it caused devastating flash flooding and landslides. Nearly half a million people were affected, including a death toll of 179 and 11,406 people who were displaced due to damaged or destroyed homes. Elisabeth Hoar and her 7-year-old granddaughter, Agnes, were among those who were forced from their homes. Agnes’s …
Lessons from Yola: Don’t let your Limitations stop your Dreams
Yolanda Atri Neng Sae, who goes by Yola, is an only child. She lives with her parents in West Timor, Indonesia. Unfortunately, Yola has faced a lot of challenges in her life. When she was little, she was sick a lot. Her parents struggled financially, barely making a living by farming. They couldn’t afford to pay both medical bills and …